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Two Day Left

Spinifex Book Giveaway.  List your review of a book by a Global Woman of Color on this site by midnight, February 28, to be eligible for a free book.



Spinifex Press Book Giveaway ends at midnight on February 28.  It you hope to win a book from them, list a book you have read and reviewed on the GCW review page by then.

Books will be chosen from the following list. You can read about them at the Spinifex website.

• ‘If Passion Were A Flower’ by Lariane Fonseca

• ‘A Daughter of Isis’ and ‘Walking Through Fire’ by Nawal El Saadawi

• ‘Ao Toa: Earth Warriors’ by Cathie Dunsford

• ‘Trauma Trails, Recreating Song Lines’ by Judy Atkinson

• ‘Moebius Trip: Digressions From India’s Highways’ by Giti Thadani

• ‘The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades: Stories from around the World’ by Munya Andrews

• ‘Kick the Tin’ by Doris Kartinyeri

• ‘The Fabulous Feminist’ by Suniti Namjoshi

• ‘A Bit of Difference’ by Sefi Atta

• ‘Far and Beyon’’ by Unity Dow

• ‘Another Year in Africa’ by Rose Zwi

Karen Lord on Writing Diversity

“Writer from an Other Culture”

Karen Lord, the Caribbean author of a book I recently reviewed, has written an insightful article for the book section of the Huffington Post about what it means to be an author from an unfamiliar culture. In it she defines what “culture” means to a writer and what a writer from an Other Culture brings to readers. We may recognize the differences in the use of language or structure of a story, but what she sees as important is surprise “from the things we don’t know are different.”

“I am a West Indian writer, no matter what I write. The culture is in my phrasing, my brand of humor, the personalities of my characters and the philosophy that underpins my stories,” Lord says. It is not enough to recognize what is familiar in a story from an author from an Other Culture. She urges us to be sensitive to what we don’t know. “You will find it in those moments of story that make you pause, or even stumble. That is where the culture is, bouncing off foreign objects that you never knew were there.”

I think this is wise advice for those of us reading books by authors from a wide variety of cultures.

Read the entire article at

Books by Lord include Redemption in Indigo and The Best of all Possible Worlds.

Feminist Books by Women of Color

 Melissa at feministtexican has compiled a list of books contributing to feminism that have been written by global women of color and posted it on Goodreads.  She grew up along the Texas/Mexico border and frequently reviews books by women of color.  She has also signed up for Global Women of Color. Hers is an excellent list.  She includes some of my old favorites and introduced me to several new books I want to read.

Since the second wave of feminism began in the USA in the 1970s, American feminists have been attacked for being too narrow and ethnocentric in their thinking.  While that criticism is often all too justifiable, American women of color, like Audre Lorde and Gloria Anzaldua, have shaped the movement from its beginning.  Melissa Harris Perry continues in their tradition.  Such writers have not only criticized the whiteness of mainstream feminism, they have also made valuable contributions to its development. They have made sure that their own experiences as women are part of how we understand ourselves.  Because of their efforts, many American feminists today make a special effort to read and understand women globally rather than assuming all women share their own life patterns.

Check out Melissa’s list and some of the books she includes.  You can “vote” as I did, for those you have read and particularly appreciated.

Read some of them this month and be eligible for the Spinifex Press Book Giveway.

Publicity for GWC Reviews

I have profited immensely from starting this site.  My TBR shelf has grown with some exciting new titles. I am particularly pleased to have some of Latin American books to read.  I am now following some of you having tracked down your blogs.  But is it serving any of you?

Would you like more publicity about the reviews you write about books for this blog?  Would you like me to reblog your reviews so that others following this blog will be sure to see them?  Or perhaps I could regularly send out the brief comments you leave on our list?  Or maybe we could do pingbacks—if I can figure out how?  I have a GCW Twitter account.  Maybe you or I could send out messages about your books and reviews there.

Let me know if you have opinions or other ideas.  Or if you don’t need anything more.

And remember to list a review of GWC book here so that you can be in the drawing for a book by a woman of color donated by Spinifex Press.