“Black Authors Rec List
“Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi
“Dread Nation” by Justina Ireland
“Finding Yvonne” by Brandy Colbert
“Tyler Johnson Was Here” by Jay Coles
“The Hate U Give” Angie Thomas
“The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
“Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” by Harriet Jacobs
“Freedom Dreams” by Robin D.G. Kelley
“The Common Wind” by Julius S. Scott
“The Autobiography of Malcolm X” Malcolm X
“Assata: An Autobiography” Assata Shakur
“Between the World and Me” Ta-Nehisi Coates
“This Will Be My Undoing” by Morgan Jerkins
“Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah
“Black Boy” by Richard Wright
“Skin Folk” by Nalo Hopkinson
“Mumbo Jumbo” by Ishmael Reed
“Who Fears Death” by Nnedi Okorafor
“Dark Matter” by Sheree R. Thomas
“The Kishi” by Antoine Bandele
“Minion” by L.A. Banks
“Bingo Love” by Terrence Sage
“Rise of the Black Panther” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“Black AF: America’s Sweetheart” by Kwanza Osajyefo
“Abbott” by Saladin Ahmed
“The American Way” by John Ridley
“Zami” by Audre Lorde
“Brother to Brother” by Essex Hemphill
“Under the Udala Trees” by Chinelo Okparanta
“Burnt Men” by Oluwasegun Romeo Oriogun
“The Color Purple” by Alice Walker
“Helium” by Rudy Francisco
“Bestiary” by Donika Kelly
“How Much We Must Have Looked Like Stars to Stars” by Alysia Nicole Harris
“The Weary Blues” by Langston Hughes
“The Black Unicorn” by Audre Lorde
Zora Neale Hurston
Octavia E. Butler
“Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
“Go Tell it on the Mountain” by James Baldwin
“We Were Eight Years in Power” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison
“Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe
Honorable Mentions by People in the Notes
“The Skin I’m In” by Sharon G. Flake
“Jazz” by Toni Morrison
“A Mercy” by Toni Morrison
“The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson
“All American Boys” by Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds
“Just Mercy” by Brian Stevenson
“The Broken Earth Trilogy” by M.K. Jemisin
“Piecing Me Together” by Renee Watson
“Monster” by Walter Dean Myers
“The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
“Sweet Thang” by Allison Whittenburg
“Shadowshaper” by Daniel José Older
“Dactyl Hill Squad” by Daniel José Older
“Midnight Robber” by Nalo Hopkinson
“The Sellout” by Paul Beatty
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Classic Author Asks
Mary Shelley: Were you a goth, prep, nerd, or jock in school?
Zora Neale Hurston: Do you write in your free time? If so, then what do you write?
J.D. Salinger: What was the last movie you watched?
Alice Walker: What was the first “adult” book you ever read?
Bram Stoker: Do you prefer suspenseful horror movies, gore, or jump scares?
Oscar Wilde: What book have you read more than once?
Beatrix Potter: Do you like reading inside or outside?
Ann Radcliffe: What’s something you’re known for among your friends or family?
Lord Byron: What’s a negative quality that you can admit to having?
Edna St. Vincent Millay: Do you have a favorite poem or one you can recite?
Jane Austen: Have you ever fallen in love?
Langston Hughes: If you could be part of a literary era, which one?
Emily Dickinson: What’s the last book you were reading?
John William Polidori: What was the last book you finished?
Stendhal: Have you ever hid a book you were reading because you were embarrassed?
Charles Dickens: What book are you currently reading?
Thomas Hardy: Are you a city or country person?
Virginia Woolf: What book has been on your TBR longer than a year?
Edith Wharton: What’s your favorite season for reading?
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