Black Authors We Love

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Zadie Smith

A New York Times Notable BookFrom Zadie Smith, one of the most beloved authors of her generation, a new collection of essays Since she...

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Ayiti

Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is an award-winning literary voice praised for her fearless and vivid prose, and her debut collectionAyiti exemplifies the raw talent that made...

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Marlon James

The epic new novel from Marlon James, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings: an African Game of Thrones.In...

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À Quand L'Afrique?

Joseph Ki-Zerbo

À quand l’Afrique ? Voilà bien une question que nous préférons éviter, tant l’Afrique semble sans avenir. Mais Joseph Ki-Zerbo, historien et homme d’action burkinabé,...

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Brother

David Chariandy

Winner of the 2017 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, David Chariandy's Brother is his intensely beautiful, searingly powerful, and tightly constructed second novel, exploring questions of...

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Magical Negro

Morgan Parker

Magical Negro is an archive of black everydayness, a catalog of contemporary folk heroes, an ethnography of ancestral grief, and an inventory of figureheads,...

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Well-Read Black Girl

Glory Edim

An inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance...

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Friday Black

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" honoree, chosen by Colson Whitehead “An excitement and a wonder: strange, crazed, urgent and funny...The wildly talented...

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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

Samantha Irby

*A New York Times Bestseller*Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire. With We Are Never Meeting in Real...

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Aya de Yopougon

Marguerite Abouet

Côte d'Ivoire, 1978. Aya, dix-neuf ans, vit à Yopougon, un quartier populaire d'Abidjan. Ça sent le début des vacances mais très vite les choses...

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We Should All Be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The highly acclaimed, provocative New York Times bestseller from the award-winning author of Americanah, “one of the world’s great contemporary writers” (Barack Obama). In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted...

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Parable of the Sower

Octavia E. Butler

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Black Is the Body

Emily Bernard

An extraordinary, exquisitely written memoir (of sorts) that looks at race--in a fearless, penetrating, honest, true way--in twelve telltale, connected, deeply personal essays that...

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Your Black Friend and Other Strangers

Ben Passmore

Your Black Friend and Other Strangers is a collection of culturally charged comics by cartoonist Ben Passmore, including the Eisner Award nominated and Ignatz Award-winning...

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Policing Black Lives

Robyn Maynard

Delving behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces the violent realities of anti-blackness from the slave ships to prisons,...

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Creative Quest

Questlove

NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2018 BY Esquire • PopSugar • The Huffington Post •  Buzzfeed • Publishers WeeklyA unique new guide to creativity from Questlove—inspirations, stories,...

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They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us

Hanif Abdurraqib

"A Best Book of 2017" —NPR,Buzzfeed, Paste Magazine, Esquire, Chicago Tribune,Vol. 1 Brooklyn, CBC, Stereogum, National Post, Entropy, Heavy, Book Riot, Chicago Review of Books, The Los Angeles Review, Michigan Daily*American Booksellers...

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If Beale Street Could Talk (Movie Tie-In)

James Baldwin

In this honest and stunning novel, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Barry Jenkins, James Baldwin has given America a moving...

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I Can't Date Jesus

Michael Arceneaux

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Featured as one of Summer 2018’s most anticipated reads by the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly,...

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All About Love

bell hooks

THE ACCLAIMED FIRST VOLUME IN HER "LOVE SONG TO THE NATION"“The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet . . ....

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Policing Black Lives

Robyn Maynard

Delving behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces the violent realities of anti-blackness from the slave ships to prisons,...

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Le Bout Du Monde Est Une Fenêtre

Emmelie Prophète

Quelle est la distance entre soi et l’horizon, les êtres et les désirs ? Derrière la fenêtre d’une maison penchée, Rose engage avec Samuel...

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Heads of the Colored People

Nafissa Thompson-Spires

This “vivid, fast, funny, way-smart, and verbally inventive” (George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo) collection of stories examines the concept of black...

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Black Panther

A new era begins for the Black Panther! MacArthur Genius and National Book Award-winning writer T-Nehisi Coates (BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME) takes the...

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Voyage of the Sable Venus

Robin Coste Lewis

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Don't Call Us Dead

Danez Smith

Finalist for the National Book Award for PoetryWinner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection“[Smith's] poems are enriched to the point of volatility, but...

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Don't Let Them See Me Like This

Jasmine Gibson

In Don’t Let Them See Me Like This, Jasmine Gibson explores myriad intersectional identities in relation to The State, disease, love, sex, failure, and...

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Heavy

Kiese Laymon

*Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and Kirkus Prize Finalist* In this powerful and provocative memoir, genre-bending essayist and novelist Kiese Laymon explores what...

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Le Bout Du Monde Est Une Fenêtre

Emmelie Prophète

Quelle est la distance entre soi et l’horizon, les êtres et les désirs ? Derrière la fenêtre d’une maison penchée, Rose engage avec Samuel...

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Washington Black

Esi Edugyan

A dazzling, original novel of slavery and freedom, from the author of the international bestseller Half-Blood BluesLonglisted for the 2018 MAN BOOKER PRIZEWhen two...

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How Long 'til Black Future Month?

N. K. Jemisin

Three-time Hugo Award winner and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin sharply examines modern society in her first collection of short fiction.N. K. Jemisin...

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White Fragility

Robin DiAngelo

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions...

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Black Queer Hoe

Britteney Black Rose Kapri

Black Queer Hoeis a refreshing, unapologetic intervention into ongoing conversations about the line between sexual freedom and sexual exploitation.Women’s sexuality is often used as...

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Black and Blur

Fred Moten

In Black and Blur—the first volume in his sublime and compelling trilogy consent not to be a single being—Fred Moten engages in a capacious consideration of...

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The Life of Frederick Douglass

David F. Walker

A graphic novel biography of the escaped slave, abolitionist, public speaker, and most photographed man of the nineteenth century, based on his autobiographical writings...

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Dany Laferrière

On attendait de Dany Laferrière son premier livre d'académicien. Voici qu'il nous donne un chef-d'oeuvre d'école buissonnière. Il y a du texte et il...

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Sing, Unburied, Sing

Jesmyn Ward

WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD and A NEW YORK TIMES TOP 10 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR A finalist for the Kirkus Prize,...

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The Blue Clerk

Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand, author of the Griffin Poetry Prize-winning collection Ossuaries, returns with a startlingly original work about the act of writing itself.On a lonely...

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How to Love a Jamaican

Alexia Arthurs

“In these kaleidoscopic stories of Jamaica and its diaspora we hear many voices at once: some cultivated, some simple, some wickedly funny, some deeply...

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The January Children

Safia Elhillo

In her dedication Safia Elhillo writes, “The January Children are the generation born in Sudan under British occupation, where children were assigned birth years by...

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Theory

Dionne Brand

A smart, sensual and witty novel about what happens when love and intellect are set on a collision course. This compact tour de force...

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Queer Africa

Edited by Makhosazana Xaba and Karen Martin

Queer Africa is a collection of unapologetic, tangled, tender, funny, bruising and brilliant stories about the many ways in which we love each other on...

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Our Lady of Perpetual Realness

Cason Sharpe

Two teenagers shoot amateur porn. Coworkers pool hop after dark. A call centre employee scrambles to keep their shitty job. Sweetheart tries something new...

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Nègres jaunes et autres créatures imaginaires

Yvan Alagbé

Nègres jaunes et autres créatures imaginaires recueille des récits réalisés entre 1994 et 2011.Une femme et un enfant endormis (Amour), un ancien policier qui s’introduit...

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Notes from a Black Woman's Diary

Kathleen Collins

A RECOMMENDED BOOK OF 2019 FROMVanity Fair * Vogue * The Huffington PostA stunning collection of fiction, diary entries, screenplays, and scripts by the brilliant...

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NoirEs Sous Surveillance

Robyn Maynard, trad. de Catherine Ego

La vérité a souvent un goût amer. Nous ne savons comment accepter nos histoires. Faut-il s’en tenir aux faits et dire la vérité ?...

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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

Helen Oyeyemi

Winner of the PEN Open Book AwardAn NPR Best Book of 2016A Washington Post Notable Fiction PickA PBS NewsHour Best Book of 2016 A...

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Voodoo Hypothesis

Canisia Lubrin

Voodoo Hypothesis is a subversion of the imperial construct of "blackness" and a rejection of the contemporary and historical systems that paint black people...

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Homegoing

Yaa Gyasi

"Homegoing is an inspiration." —Ta-Nehisi Coates An unforgettable New York Times bestseller of exceptional scope and sweeping vision that traces the descendants of two sisters across...

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