Black-owned bookshops call for more diversity in UK publishing

Black-owned bookshops in the UK are calling for better representation of black authors in the long-term after reporting a surge in interest following the protests over the summer sparked by the killing of George Floyd and by Black History Month.

“We want people to see reading books by black authors as a habit, as opposed to something you pick up in October”, said Carolynn Bain, who set up an online shop stocking books of black origin in July after she became frustrated by the lack of black literature available in the UK.

She expected her venture, Afrori Books, to be a side-hustle at most but interest in black writers skyrocketed as a result of the Black Lives Matter protests, and business is booming.

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