In this episode we interview Alaina Lavoie, Program Manager for the nonprofit, We Need Diverse Books. Why do we need more diverse books? What is happening in the publishing industry that is helping to drive inclusion and what are some of the barriers that marginalized groups still face. Alaina gives us peak behind the curtains of the publishing industry and the efforts to build a more inclusive world, one book at a time.
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Bio for Alaina Lavoie:
Alaina Lavoie is the program manager of We Need Diverse Books, where she was formerly the communications manager and spent three years as a volunteer. She also teaches in the MFA program at Emerson College and is a book reviewer for Booklist, the review magazine published by the American Library Association. She was awarded a 2017 Bookbuilders of Boston scholarship for her work advocating for marginalized voices in the publishing industry. Her work has been published under the byline Alaina Leary in the New York Times, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, The Boston Globe Magazine, The Oprah Magazine, Refinery29, Good Housekeeping, Bitch, Glamour, Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, and more. She lives with her wife, three literary cats, and a rainbow bookshelf.
Alaina is a well-respected author in her own right. She publishes journalism under the byline Alaina Leary.
Link to learn more about the nonprofit, We Need Diverse Books.
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Alaina suggested a few books for us. You can find them in my Bookshop.org site at the following links:
How we Fall Apart by Katie Zhao
A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee