Monday, October 7, 2019
Diverse books showcase Correction
A few days ago in this space I'm afraid I got a little over-excited about our Diverse Books Showcase.
In my enthusiasm for it I didn't conduct the research and due investigation of facts that is the usual standard of Clerkmanifesto. It turns out that The Diverse Books Showcase did not feature diverse books at all. The books it featured were all the usual, boring, rectangle shaped things, printed on paper that was bound between some kind of typical cardboard covers, and all generally full of words, words, words.
In short, it could have been called "The Uniform Books Showcase".
I was thinking some of these "diverse" books were going to be made out of butter toffee, or that some could only be read underwater. But no. That's not what they meant by "diverse". They meant something entirely else by "diverse"!
And so when I erroneously encouraged thousands and thousands of readers across the Internet to come to my library to check out these exotic and fascinatingly unusual books, people came and were instead faced with entirely regular books of and about different cultures, ethnicities, and orientations.
What on earth does that have to do with diversity?
I sincerely, deeply apologize for any inconvenience my error caused anyone.
It wasn't my fault.