Must-Read Short Story Collections by People of Color
In Toni Morrison’s essay collection The Source of Self-Regard, the Nobel-winning visionary urges her audience that “literature… is an unblinking witness to the light and shade of the world we live in.” A mirror reflecting back to us experiences, familiar and unknown, the written page has the power to affirm, confront, and transform the worldview of generations of readers.
Stories—old and new alike—can spark change, but only if we are willing to turn the proverbial and literal page and lose ourselves in the visions of authors whose experiences and histories vary from our own. By embracing the work of marginalized writers, we as readers gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in and our place within it. Their work reminds us that decolonizing your bookshelf isn’t just a way to revitalize your reading habits. It’s your duty as a literary citizen.