Marlon James, Tochi Onyebuchi, Maura Milan, and More Discuss #OwnVoices in Genre Fiction in 2018

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Marlon James Tochi Onyebuchi NYCC 2018

Did you know that every time you don’t buy a book, your favorite character dies? According to Ali T. Kokmen, bookseller, man of fabulous bowties (his own words), and panel moderator, that is exactly what happens. But I doubt many of the attendee’s at the #OwnVoices Worlds: How Writers Build Authenticity Into Their Diverse Worlds panel needed to be encouraged to buy more books, or to seek out diversity in the fantasy and sci-fi that they love.

But what does it mean to write a diverse book? Why does one choose to explore diversity; is it for the author? For the reader? What does diversity bring to a fantasy or sci-fi world, and what is the burden of authenticity on the author?

There to answer some of these questions were Maura Milan (Ignite the Stars), Marlon James (John Crow’s Devil, The Book of Night Women), ...