OT: Jemisin and marginalization

I was in Barnes & Noble the other day and thought I’d look at the N.K. Jemisin books. So I went to the sci fi section and saw the half dozen or so titles by Octavia Butler and then I followed the alphabet to find ONE book by N.K. Jemisin.

Now, I admit that I had not heard of her before reading her introduction to Sower, but then I’m not a huge sci-fi reader.

But given her accolades

Four Hugos and one Nebula not to mention what I think Jeff pointed out about being the first author in the Hugos’ 65-year history to win back-to-back awards for every book in a trilogy.

How can they only have had one of her books on the shelf? I realize that space is limited and people don’t buy books anymore and blah blah blah, but is something more going on here?

5 thoughts on “OT: Jemisin and marginalization

  1. Daryl L. L. Houston April 25, 2021 / 7:09 pm

    Huh, that’s weird indeed. Do you recall which book? Her latest — The City We Became — is fairly recent, and I wonder if they had that one or if they had one of her older ones.

    In other Jemisin news, I was excited to see recently that she has a course on a platform called Masterclass. Someone gave me a freebie subscription, and I’ve poked around a little. I suspect it doesn’t offer quite the sort of mastery of a subject matter as its name suggests; still, it’s been neat to see some people whose work I like pop up as instructors. Surely in a few hours of lectures, I can pick up something interesting.

      • Daryl L. L. Houston May 5, 2021 / 11:01 pm

        Huh, that’s weird indeed. I sure don’t think of short story collections as the books a store with limited shelf space would have on hand.

  2. Jeff Anderson May 1, 2021 / 6:26 pm

    I’m just shocked that you have a Barnes & Noble to go into.

    But I bet if you had a group of people who were all interested in buying Jemisin books from that store and let its management know (pro-tip: see if there’s a bookseller who particularly handles ordering), they’d see a reason to start stocking them.

    • Paul Debraski May 3, 2021 / 1:36 pm

      There’s one about 20 minutes from mu house and another one about 5 minutes from my work. They certainly have fewer books than they used to, but there’s still quite a large amount, which does my heart good (even if I don’t buy much anymore).

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