Friday, March 5, 2010

I know a bestseller!

Cyn Smith's Eternal, about a vampire's guardian angel, debuted at #5 on the New York Times Bestseller List! Cyn is one of the biggest names in the YA blogosphere (have you not seen her site? Go see her site!), but I knew her when. I'm allowed to brag on her.

Interestingly, #10 is Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Why is that interesting? Because Cyn and Alexie are both American Indian, and this is probably the first time ever two American Indian authors have been on the bestseller list at the same time. And Cyn's book isn't even about being Indian. It's not so long ago that, if you had an active ethnic identity (unlike us generic white folks), your choice of subject matter was limited to those that us generic white folks would recognize as being relevant to that identity. This is proof that we can all write whatever is in us to write and that progress happens whether we notice it or not.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the cheers, Peni! And yep, you're allowed to brag on me all you want so long as I can brag on you in return. Your friend & fan, Cyn