FutureBook: Abbey calls for industry to expand what it considers 'normal'

FutureBook: Abbey calls for industry to expand what it considers 'normal'

The industry needs to expand what it considers "normal", breaking a current way of thinking which considers black authors niche and prevents books representing society, Black Writers' Guild co-founder Nels Abbey has said.

Abbey, whose debut book Think Like a White Man (Canongate) was released last year, gave a keynote speech to the virtual FutureBook conference today (16th November) which urged the industry to change the way it operates, concluding “normal” thinking stops opportunity and innovation. “Normal is exclusive while we need to be inclusive,” he said.

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