I guess it doesn’t really come as a surprise, but I can’t help noticing that a lot of the authors who are being given the star treatment on their book publicity are, well, attractive. Have you noticed it too?
The irony hasn’t escaped me: NPR? You mean, the radio news program? You’d expect print, television and electronic news sources to capitalize on a photogenic subject, but radio?
What interests me too is that they’re all female. And yet wasn’t it just the other day I was reading about that literary glass ceiling? Where the majority of authors who get publishing contracts by mainstream publishers are male? And the majority of reviewers at major national papers are also male?
Take a look at this too.
So, since I’m not really surprised by any of this, I guess the thing I’m getting at is, I don’t just want to read books by attractive women. Or white men. I want to hear about all books by all authors. If a reviewer needs some criteria for whittling them down to only the best for inclusion in their publication, then how about on the basis of their literary merit? I don’t need to see a picture of the author to convince me to read her book.
But all this has been said before. What do you think?