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- 6 Black Queer Authors You Should Read
Last month was Black History Month, a great time to showcase some amazing black writers, artists and creators. We've put a list together and highlighted some of our favourites to share with you. All of these writers have inspiring stories and journeys both in their professional and personal lives. We feel these works will move and resonate with many of you. If you feel you could be doing more to expose yourself to new writers and maybe shake up what's sitting on your bookshelf - keep reading below... 1. Rivers Solomon An imaginative, powerhouse of fiction. Solomon is a speculative fiction writer with titles such as 'The Deep' and 'Blood is Another Word For Hunger'. Their work is ofter regarded as cunning, dark and unapologetic. They write about love, family, self-identity and generational trauma using science fiction backdrops to discuss topics like slavery and segregation. Their books can be quite dark so we advise potential readers to check reviews and trigger warnings before reading. 2. Samantha Irby Author of 'Wow, No Thank You' and 'We Are Never Meeting In Real Life', Samantha Irby is an edgy, hilarious and raunchy comedian, writer and blogger. She runs a blog, Bitc**s Gotta Eat where she writes posts about things she experiences in her personal life. She also co-hosted the show Guts and Glory with Keith Ecker until 2015. Her work looks at what it's like to be a POC queer woman tackling every day of adulthood. 3. Dean Atta Dean Atta tackles the touchy subjects of homophobia. A British poet of Greek Cypriot and Caribbean descent, Atta explores themes of gender, race and identity. The Black Flamingo (£7.99) is a bold coming of age story which follows a mixed-race gay teen as he begins to accept his identity. He is known as the "iPhone poet" after his written poem, in reaction to the murder of Steven Lawrence, went viral online. In five days, his poem had received over 15,000 hits and gained him an extra 1,000 followers on Twitter. 4. Kalynn Bayron A creative arts enthusiasts who builds captivating stories based on traditional fairytales but with a twist. Growing up without a Black Disney Princess, Cinderella Is Dead (£7.99) is a love letter to her younger self. The book warps the conventional narrative by setting the book 200 years after the original and focusing around a gay love story. Bayron also allows brilliant, black characters to take centre stage in her work. 5. Brandon Taylor Brandon Taylor is one of our favourite recently discovered authors and won the Booker prize this year for his debut Novel book Real Life (£9.99). When speaking about his work you can sense his passion and heart in everything he writes. "I could have written this book to be more sympathetic to the white gaze..." Taylor says "...but it would’ve been a worse book." Real Life (£9.99) deals with workplace bullying, abuse and racial prejudice, and how this impacts the lives and mental health of its victims. It's told through the lens of Taylor's own experience growing up in rural Alabama and the difficulties of finding purpose, meaning and happiness in the world he inhabits. 6. Paul Mendez From a former Jehovah's Witness to a gay novelist, Paul Mendez has had an extraordinary life. In his novel Rainbow Milk (£14.99), Mendez tells of his journey to discover himself and find purpose and love in life. The story follows the life of a fictional protagonist, Jesse, and his struggles after moving from home and the crushing loneliness in London. Jesse finds himself discovering the joys of casual sex and that he can make a living from selling himself to middle-aged white men who he ends up lusting after. His writing is raw, honest and focuses on the patriarchal society specifically of white privilege.
- What To Do When Someone Says They HATE Reading!
"I've tried but I just don't enjoy reading. I much rather watch Netflix instead" "I'm not that into reading, it's just so boring." What do you do when you hear statements like this? It's never easy to change someone's mind on something. But when you want nothing more than to geek out about the book you've just finished - it can be quite frustrating. Nobody wants to be *that friend* but sometimes we want to bring some joy to others and share some great experiences we've had. Reading is the perfect example of one of those joys. There's nothing better than discussing a thrilling storyline, favourite character or surprising plot-twist with a friend who's as excited as you are. So what about when someone says they don't like reading? Yell? Beg? Do nothing? We have some advice below which might help. Get Them Hooked On Books From Their Favourite Movies/Series A great way to get started with anything is to use a familiar approach. Suggesting book adaptions or the originals of their favourite movies or shows is a good way to get people into reading. Explain that it's a different medium and it's usually more in-depth when describing the story, characters or setting. Usually, if we watch a movie before reading the book - we end up having that movie style and visuals in mind as we read. This can help people who might find it difficult to imagine a setting. If someone is still reluctant to try, suggest that they read to answer the age-old question: "What's better the film or the book?" Everyone has different opinions on it so you never know how they might feel. What About Reading Before Bed? It might sound stupid, but many of us are night owls and find it hard to sleep at night. Staring at our social media feed is never a helpful way to get those Z's. Suggesting that someone tries reading for a half an hour before sleeping might be what they need to get that much-needed rest. It really helps especially to unwind after a long busy day. You can also give yourself goals such as a chapter a night or a certain number of pages. One reason people don't read books is due to not having enough time to do so. This gives everyone the opportunity to create a ritualistic method of ensuring they get a daily reading requirement. Starting With Some Audiobooks Some people just can't be convinced to pick up a book and get into it. For those REALLY stubborn responders, a good suggestion is to recommend audiobooks. Audiobooks are great for background noise, engaging with people and helping to build their imagination. Audiobooks are growing in popularity - similar to podcasts they are easy to access and with people stuck at home they're great to put on without much attention needed. Audible, Scribd and Kobo are some examples of sites where you can find audiobooks of both popular and niche publications. Some are even linked to Alexa for easy listening! Use Christmas or Birthday Presents As A Way To Get Them Hooked Of course, we all know you don't need a reason to give someone a present. However, this could be an opportunity to subtly get a stubborn pal on the road to becoming a book worm. Gifting books based on their interests or a subscription to an e-book website might just be your best chance. Getting the book into someone's room can be half the battle. Once they find themselves bored on a rainy day their curiosity might just get the better of them. Next thing you know they're reading chapter after chapter. Help Them Kick A Bad Habit - Like Their Facebook Addiction We all know bad habits are difficult to shake. Sometimes the secret is replacing these habits with actions that are less harmful (or even ones with a positive impact). All habits start with a trigger, which leads to a person committing their bad habit. Hijacking this trigger and replacing it with a different action is a brilliant way to get over a bad habit. With so many spending more time indoors these days, some of us find ourselves glued to our social media feeds - not the best thing for our mental and physical health. For many people, this could be a problem they want to try and overcome. Replacing the habit of automatically picking up your phone when you're bored with picking up a book instead might be a clever way to fight back. Or if this seems too difficult, try dedicating an hour a day to reading a book with your phone either out of reach or switched off. If Your Friend Wants To Read But Lacks The Motivation... Some people can be a lost cause. If they can't muster the motivation to do something, no matter how much you push they're doomed to fail. With reading, many might automatically associate it with school and become demotivated. It goes without saying but reading should be fun. Many people throw in the towel early and think "it's not for me." There's a book out there for everyone! Often people just haven't found their genre yet. Start reading some blurbs out loud and see what catches their fancy. Start with some best-seller lists or top pick suggestions. Why Not Check Out Our Range Of Books & Comics? Here at Proud Geek, we have a range of LGBTQ+ books, comics and DVDs to explore. From informative autobiographies to romantic love stories. Check out our range of products today and find something that's right for you (or a friend)!
- Grow Your Blog Community
With Wix Blog, you’re not only sharing your voice with the world, you can also grow an active online community. That’s why the Wix blog comes with a built-in members area - so that readers can easily sign easily up to become members of your blog. What can members do? Members can follow each other, write and reply to comments and receive blog notifications. Each member gets their own personal profile page that they can customize. Tip: You can make any member of your blog a writer so they can write posts for your blog. Adding multiple writers is a great way to grow your content and keep it fresh and diversified. Here’s how to do it: Head to your Member’s Page Search for the member you want to make a writer Click on the member’s profile Click the 3 dot icon ( ⠇) on the Follow button Select Set as Writer