Bibliophile: Diverse Spines (Hardcover)
In the book world there can be so much talk of “Diverse” Literature with so little definition of what that means! Well, this book defies vagueness and instead gives beautiful witness to the authors, bookstores, and bookish folk championing our stories in all their complexity and varied brilliance. Illustrator Jane Mount teamed up with Jamise Harper, Bookstagrammer and creator of the Diverse Spines Challenge, to create this physical testament to our powerful stories. Gorgeously wrought in every detail, this gift will sing in the hands of your recipient or on your own bookshelf! -- Hannah— From The Loyalty 100: GIFT BOOKS
It's time to diversify your reading list.
This richly illustrated and vastly inclusive collection uplifts the works of authors who are often underrepresented in the literary world. Using their keen knowledge and deep love for all things literary, coauthors Jamise Harper (founder of the Diverse Spines book community) and Jane Mount (author of Bibliophile) collaborated to create an essential volume filled with treasures for every reader:
• Dozens of themed illustrated book stacks—like Classics, Contemporary Fiction, Mysteries, Cookbooks, and more—all with an emphasis on authors of color and authors from diverse cultural backgrounds
• A look inside beloved bookstores owned by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
• Reading recommendations from leading BIPOC literary influencers
Diversify your reading list to expand your world and shift your perspective. Kickstart your next literary adventure now!
EASY TO GIFT: This portable guide is packed with more than 150 colorful illustrations is a perfect gift for any booklover. The textured paper cover, gold foil, and ribbon marker make this book a special gift or self-purchase.
DISCOVER UNSUNG LITERARY HEROES: The authors dive deep into a wide variety of genres, such as Contemporary Fiction, Classics, Young Adult, Sci-Fi, and more to bring the works of authors of color to the fore.
ENDLESS READING INSPIRATION: Themed book stacks and reading suggestions from luminaries of the literary world provide curated book recommendations. Your to-read list will thank you.
Perfect for: bookish people; literary lovers; book club members; Mother's Day shoppers; stocking stuffers; followers of #DiverseSpines; Jane Mount and Ideal Bookshelf fans; Reese's Book Club and Oprah's Book Club followers; people who use Goodreads.com; readers wanting to expand/decolonize their book collections; people interested in uplifting BIPOC voices; antiracist activists and educators; grads and students; librarians and library patrons wanting to expand/decolonize their book collections; people interested in uplifting BIPOC voices; antiracist activists and educators; grads and students; librarians and library patrons
About the Author
Jamise Harper is the creator of the #diversespines hashtag and the Diverse Spines book community on social media, which highlights literature by Black women and women of color, as well as Spines & Vines, a blog dedicated to book and wine pairings. She lives in the Washington, DC, metro area.
Jane Mount is an illustrator, designer, and writer. In 2008, she founded Ideal Bookshelf, a company that makes things for bibliophiles. She currently lives in a log cabin in Hawai'i with her husband, weird cats, and a freckled puppy.
“If you love reading, reveling in ideas, any and everything about books . . . if you love hanging out with people who love to read too, this book is for you. Jamise Harper and Jane Mount have given us a gift. Grab a nice glass of wine and enjoy every page. And my writing space is in this book!” -Eddie S. Glaude Jr., author of the New York Times bestseller Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own
“Eloquent and inspirational. Celebrating multiculturalism and diversity, this book is a gem. A must-have on every bookshelf!” —Etaf Rum, author of the New York Times bestseller A Woman Is No Man and owner of Books and Beans coffeehouse and bookstore
“A must-have collection of book recommendations that expands the literary canon to encompass the diversity of our world. A beautifully illustrated gift to all book lovers constantly wondering, ‘What should I read next?’ Start with this one.” —Brit Bennett, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Vanishing Half
“Bibliophile: Diverse Spines is a glorious, expansive celebration of literature. This rich collection of BIPOC books and bookstores and authors and booksellers and bookstagrammers highlights the vibrant work that is happening across genre, across publishing, and across the world. This is an essential reference guide for anyone who wants to know what the future of books looks like.” —Emma Straub, author of the New York Times bestseller All Adults Here and owner of Books Are Magic
“Jamise Harper and Jane Mount have curated an important resource for educators, librarians, and book lovers everywhere. With Bibliophile: Diverse Spines, readers can find books that center both unfamiliar experiences and their own reflection on the page.” —Melissa Rivero, author of The Affairs of the Falcóns
“Perfect for guiding book clubs or anyone looking to read more inclusively.” —Library Journal