Read Books by Black Authors - Adults

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The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead

In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes...

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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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The Skin We're In

Desmond Cole

A bracing, provocative, and perspective-shifting book from one of Canada's most celebrated and uncompromising writers, Desmond Cole. The Skin We're In will spark a...

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Hot Comb

Ebony Flowers

An auspicioius debut examining the culuture of hair from the Rona Jaffe Foundation award-winning cartoonist Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into Black women's...

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Girl, Woman, Other

Bernardine Evaristo

“Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.”—Booker Prize...

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The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander

Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social...

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Frying Plantain

Zalika Reid-Benta

Kara Davis is a girl caught in the middle — of her Canadian nationality and her desire to be a “true” Jamaican, of her...

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Dominoes at the Crossroads

Kaie Kellough

In Dominoes at the Crossroads Kaie Kellough maps an alternate nation--one populated by Caribbean Canadians who hopscotch across the country. The characters navigate race,...

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Emergent Strategy

adrienne maree brown

Inspired by Octavia Butler's explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help designed to shape the futures we...

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Sharon M. Draper

Eleven-year-old Isabella’s blended family is more divided than ever in this thoughtful story about divorce and racial identity from the award-winning and New York...

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The Blue Clerk

Dionne Brand

Griffin Poetry Prize winner Dionne Brand's startlingly original work about the act of writing itself.On a lonely wharf a clerk in an ink blue...

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Candice Carty-Williams


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Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments

Saidiya Hartman

A breathtaking exploration of the lives of young black women in the early twentieth century.In Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, Saidiya Hartman examines the revolution...

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Live from the Afrikan Resistance!

El Jones

Live from the Afrikan Resistance! is the first collection of spoken word poetry by Halifax’s fifth Poet Laureate, El Jones. These poems speak...

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When They Call You a Terrorist

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, asha bandele

THE INSTANTNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER.New York TimesEditor’s Pick.Library Journal Best Books of 2019.TIMEMagazine's "Best Memoirs of 2018 So Far."O, Oprah’s Magazine’s “10 Titles to...

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Tressie McMillan Cottom

Recommended by the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Entertainment Weekly, Bustle, Book Riot, BuzzFeed, BUST, theGrio, Lit Hub, The Millions,...

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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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Shut Up You're Pretty

Téa Mutonji

In Tea Mutonji's disarming debut story collection, a woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage girl looks for happiness inside...

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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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Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now

Andre Perry

"Beautiful, brilliant, bold... Tantamount to a slice from the Americana songbook." —Christopher John Stephens, PopMattersWith luminous insight and fervent prose, Andre Perry’s debut collection of...

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Real Life

Brandon Taylor

Named one of the most anticipated books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar, BuzzFeed, and more. A novel of startling intimacy, violence, and mercy among...

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Ian Williams

A hilarious, surprising and poignant love story about the way families are invented, told with the savvy of a Zadie Smith and with an...

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Upgrade Soul

Ezra Claytan Daniels

For their 45th anniversary, Hank and Molly Nonnar decide to undergo an experimental rejuvenation procedure, but their hopes for youth are dashed when the...

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M. NourbeSe Philip

In November, 1781, the captain of the slave ship Zong ordered that some 150 Africans be murdered by drowning so that the ship’s owners...

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Toni Tipton-Martin

More than 100 recipes that paint a rich, varied picture of the true history of African American cooking—from a James Beard Award–winning food writer...

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So You Want to Talk About Race

Ijeoma Oluo

In this New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in AmericaWidespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy--from...

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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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Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick

Zora Neale Hurston

From “one of the greatest writers of our time” (Toni Morrison)—the author of Barracoon and Their Eyes Were Watching God—a collection of remarkable stories,...

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