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Why is Barnes & Noble putting 'literary blackface' on its shelves? | Candice Frederick

If the company really cared about black history it would promote black authors. The book industry still doesn’t get it
‘According to Barnes and Noble, the initiative was intended to ‘create more awareness and discussion during Black History Month’.’ Photograph: TBWA\Chiat\Day\New York

This week, Barnes & Noble unveiled a new book series – “Diverse Editions” – which reprinted classic titles like Frankenstein, Romeo and Juliet, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but with one crucial difference: the covers had black and brown characters on them. With the exception of Alexandre Dumas, who was partly black, all the books

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