Mira JacobIn a keynote address for the recent PubWest Conference 2016, novelist Mira Jacob spoke passionately of the importance of finding and cultivating voices that speak to the myriad of American experiences.

For an earlier publishing gathering, those words went unheard, though they brought the PubWest audience in Santa Fe to their feet.

Jacob talked about being a woman of color in an industry resistant to change. She urged everyone to join in the movement for more diversity and representation in book publishing by saying, “Get in here. Be a part of this.”

Mira Jacob is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, which was shortlisted for India’s Tata First Literature Award, honored by the APALA, and named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews, the Boston Globe, Goodreads, Bustle, and The Millions.

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