Based on the described context out which we are operating, several frameworks/philosophies served as conceptual backdrops for Real Lit[erature].

  1. We decided to draw on Nina Simon’s Of/By/For All movement, which stipulates that people will be involved and invested in their community organization if they are OF their interest, created BY folks within their community, and FOR their use and enjoyment.[1]
  2. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Danger of a Single Story TED Talk, which posits that that multiple narratives are essential to understand and promote equity, was a key factor in the choice of novels.  Additionally the notion that stories can save lives and connect us to ourselves is a part of our conceptual foundation as well.[2]
  3. Elif Shafak’s TED Talk, entitled The Politics of Fiction, serves as a framework to demonstrate how the power of fiction can help overcome identity politics and how it helps us leap over cultural walls.  We emailed this talk to participants ahead of the first meeting.[3]

At your library and campus:

There are many frameworks that you might use to inform your programming. What sort of frameworks are being discussed by your academic community or your peers?


  1. Nina Simon, “Of, By & For All”, accessed February 12, 2019.
  2. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,“The Danger of a Single Story,” TED: Ideas Worth Spreading, July 2009, accessed January 15, 2019,
  3. Elif Shafak, “The Politics of Fiction,” TED: Ideas Worth Spreading, July 2010, accessed January 15, 2019,


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