Someone online, freshmouthgoddess, was asking for recommendations of urban fantasy and paranormal romance written by authors who were people of color. High fantasy, too, she said, but not dystopia. First I recommended Samuel Delany and Octavia Butler, but she said she didn't want science fiction. Also, she said, Octavia Butler writes dystopia. I said I knew of paranormal interracial erotic romance, but I didn't think she'd want that. She said something to the effect of, "Give me all the erotic romance," so I recommended Zenobia Renquist and Camille Anthony. I recommended Marjorie M. Liu for urban fantasy/paranormal romance, but said that I'd kind of gone off the Dirk & Steele books because the villains were creepy and sometimes the sympathetic characters were tortured.
I have the first few books in the Dirk & Steele series in paperback. Tiger Eye was free as a Kindle book one day, so I got that. I asked Mom about fantasy and paranormal romance by authors who were people of color, but she drew a blank. She could have helped if it had been non-fiction or classic fiction. I left a message for B.L., who works at the Chester, Pennsylvania, public library. The population of Chester is about 98 or 99% African-American. I'm pretty sure the librarians keep track of what's popular with the patrons. Hopefully B.L. will get back to me tonight. I called the General Information number of the Free Library of Philadelphia, but they were busy. I put in an ask to Completelyunabashed. She recommended Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon, and authors Walter Dean Myers and Jacqueline Woodson.
I went to Longwood Gardens for the Chrysanthemum Festival. I took over two hundred pictures, but a lot of them were blurry. I enjoyed seeing the chrysanthemums, orchids, hibiscus and camellias.
Later: B.L. called back. She has the day off tomorrow, but will get back to me on Wednesday. B.L. wished us a happy Thanksgiving. She said that she and A.L. had been to the Chrysanthemum Festival. B.L. said that she and A.L. were going out to see her son K. and his wife C. around the Christmas holidays.