Thursday, June 16, 2005

Marketing Dept.

Novelist Tayari Jones writes about being marketed for her first book as a Southern writer and for her second as a black writer.
I suspect, after reading this, that she really does lack any sense of irony--or any sense of humor for that matter--but never mind. (She doesn't find it at all amusing that she's presented as a Southern writer?) The essay does point up the idea of Southern fiction as marketing category while illustrating the nasty business of finding a reading audience.

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