This week we at 2040 Review celebrate one of our first big accomplishments. After working diligently on our very first ALA proposal submission, we are very excited to announce that we have been selected to present at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans! Since 2040 Review will be a new publication, and we are in the initial stages of engaging with the publishing community, we weren’t quite sure as newbies how the project would be received.
At every turn, this project is being met with open arms. Many in the publishing industry have shared with us that the 2040 Review is a much needed literary publication. The library community is often overlooked by writers as a venue where their work has a significant impact. If librarians have access to a review publication that highlights diverse authorship, they will be more inclined to order more diverse books for circulation. In turn, if a writer has a book that does well in a library, librarians tend to lean toward selecting that author again and again. Thus, there is a lot of “win-win” as we try to bridge the gap between writers of color and librarians by putting our efforts into a publication that can have a significant impact on librarians having access to more diverse books.
As writers ourselves, our mission is to empower writers by championing their work, and stepping up to ensure our books are included on bookshelves across the country. Stay tuned as we will have more announcements that will include our new staff and details regarding the collaborations we are making with publishers.