Author Identity Challenge 2021

Hosted by zembla

41 participants, 635 books added

Starts: Friday, 01 January 2021

Ends: Friday, 31 December 2021

(This is the challenge for 2021. You can find the 2020 challenge here, including all the titles that readers previously added for these same prompts!) 

Looking to read authors from a variety of different racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender identities? Curious about how your reading breaks down along these lines? Me too! 

These identities (and the boundaries between them) are complex and contested, and there's an inherent weirdness to categorizing other people. All designations I've made are based on my best effort to find how authors self-identify. The goal is to read works from a variety of perspectives, especially underrepresented ones, rather than giving more airtime to people from groups that need it least. 

These identities are also not monoliths — there is no one "Black perspective," for example — which is why this isn't my only reading goal/challenge. It is the only one that the other reading challenges on The StoryGraph didn't cover, however.

Challenge prompts

1. A book by a Black woman (116 books added)

2. A book by a Black man (38 books added)

4. A book by an Indigenous woman (32 books added)

5. A book by an Indigenous man (20 books added)

7. A book by a Latinx woman (33 books added)


"Latinx" and "Latino/Latina" refer to people of Latin American descent. Latinx is an ethnicity, not a race.

(The related, often-conflated term "Hispanic" refers to people descended from Spanish-speaking countries.)

8. A book by a Latinx man (19 books added)


"Latinx" and "Latino/Latina" refer to people of Latin American descent. Latinx is an ethnicity, not a race.

(The related, often-conflated term "Hispanic" refers to people descended from Spanish-speaking countries.)

9. A book by a Latinx nonbinary person (12 books added)


"Latinx" and "Latino/Latina" refer to people of Latin American descent. Latinx is an ethnicity, not a race.

(The related, often-conflated term "Hispanic" refers to people descended from Spanish-speaking countries.)

13. A book by an Arab woman (31 books added)

14. A book by an Arab man (13 books added)

16. A book by a White woman (103 books added)

17. A book by a White man (76 books added)

18. A book by a White nonbinary person (23 books added)