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Infographic: The Lack of Diversity Among New York Times Bestsellers

Lee & Low Books

LEE & LOW BOOKS took a look at the 2012 NYT Bestsellers and discovered some startling facts about the lack of diversity:

• Only three out of the 124 authors who appeared on the list during 2012 are people of color
• No African American authors made the Top 10 Bestsellers list that we looked at in 2012
• Of the three books/book series by authors of color that made the list, only one contains a main character of color

What can we do to increase diversity in books?

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  • Lee & Low Books

    Hi Jelena,

    We started doing the research for this before all the 2013 lists were out which is why we focused on 2012 but yes, it's definitely possible we could revisit it in the future. I know in children's books the numbers have not really changed all that much in 2013 but I'm not sure how things have been on the adult side. Here's hoping that we're heading toward an increase!

  • Jelena Woehr

    Will this be updated soon for 2013's bestsellers? It seems like Black literature had a banner year in terms of quality (Amerikanah, Long Division, etc...) but I must admit that I don't know if the NYT bestseller numbers reflect that.