My goal in creating and launching The Bookcast has always been to introduce you, the reader, to quality indie authors and their work. I am working hard to earn your trust, by presenting books I think you will find worth reading.
A disclosure: I rarely get to read an entire book before I interview the author about it. This is one reason I do not represent the output of The Bookcast as a “review” of a given book. It is an interview with the author, and should be taken as neither endorsement nor criticism.
Having said that, I do set criteria that authors and books must meet before I will agree to do an interview. After a minimum level of literary competency, I advise authors I am not interested in interviewing them if their book is “pornographic, hate-spewing, racist, homophobic, etc.”
The portion of Victoria’s book that I read prior to inviting her to be interviewed consisted of the first ten pages. It struck me as an interesting futuristic, dystopian story that attempted to offer a fresh twist on questions of race and the environment.
But perhaps I should have checked the reader reviews on Amazon before I made my decision. There is a broad and passionate backlash against Victoria’s book, from many readers disgusted by what they see as its racist tone. The vitriol continues on the book’s Facebook page.
Over on Goodreads, the negative comments – including unwarrwanted personal attacks on Victoria Foyt – triggered a backlash against the backlash on stopthegrbullies.com.
“…this book is meant to provoke the white community that has never experienced racism or been oppressed because they have been in the majority in this country.”
For the record, I do not believe Victoria Foyt is a racist. But many readers have made the point that, intentionally or not, her book is racist.
It was my error, that I didn’t do my due diligence before offering Victoria an interview. But I am still not sure I would have turned her away. I think it would have been a better interview if I would have asked her directly about the issues raised by her readers.
And my failure to see, in the excerpt that I read, that many readers would be offended, well, that is on me, too, and I apologize to you.by