Recording artists and performers have plenty of magazines for which they can be featured on the cover; writers don't. Every time you dedicate your cover to a musician or actor (which is about half the time, by my count), you send a message to young, would-be black novelists and short story writers that even a magazine dedicated to black books reveres its recording artists more than its writers. The message you send to Black America is that we don't have enough writers to put on the cover of a magazine about books--we have to glean from a greater pool of actors, musicians and celebrities.
That said, I love Black Issues Book Review; the articles and reviews are always sharp, insightful and revealing, and BIBR's importance in filling a huge publishing void cannot he overstated. And yet, I want to see the greatness expressed within BIBR's pages foreshadowed on its covers, where our literary heroes and rising young wordsmiths should dominate.
ZZ Packer, author of Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
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|Title Annotation:||letter to the editor|
|Publication:||Black Issues Book Review|
|Article Type:||Letter to the Editor|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2005|
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