We ❤️ Books from African and Haitian authors
Donald Trump thinks that Haiti and other African nations are "sh*thole countries"—boy is he wrong. Since 1970 the Feminist Press has been publishing brilliant books from these so-called "sh*tholes," from the Women Writing Africa series, a landmark five-volume collection seeking to document and map the extraordinary and diverse landscape of African women's oral and written literatures to forthcoming titles like La Bastarda, which will be the first novel by an Equatorial Guinean woman to be translated into English. There are many more books, each unique in their narrative and point of origin, and we love them and the places they come from.
We'll take this moment to reiterate the power of books. A book lets you travel the world without leaving your home. You can traverse time, experience a new identity, and gain much-needed perspective. Books foster empathy, and through that, the foreign becomes more familiar. That's why we never publish the same story twice. We live in a diverse world where every story deserves to be told and it's the duty of every reader to explore them.
While it's by no means comprehensive, here's our list of titles you should read in support and celebration of the countries Trump disparaged. Let's lift them up.