Popular Black Authors BooksFor our Holiday issue, out Dec. Delany, Major Jackson and more of the men featured in our pages tell us about their favorite works of literature by black female Americans. She managed to elevate the experiences of enslaved Africans and their descendants into a different kind of consideration; one in which these characters were given flesh, love and spirit, operating as actual human beings rather than creations of the white imagination. And what a dilemma the book poses: Should you murder your own children to spare them the degradation, dehumanization, humiliation and violence of that which is antebellum slavery? Are you ready to bear the ghostly weight of that decision?
50 Award-Winning Works of Fiction by Black Authors
This year was filled with thought-provoking, page-turning, nail-biting and "aha" inducing literature. From fiction to non-fiction, there were some undoubtedly moving books by black authors that deserves a spot on everyone's bookshelf or Kindle. The poignant words of Ta-Nehisi Coates, who won the National Book Award, are all too vital given today's racial climate, while producer extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes makes overcoming a personal obstacle as simple as saying "yes. Take a look at some of our favorites. US Edition U.
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Black History Month gives us 28 days to honor African Americans and the ever-expanding contributions they make to culture. Literature in particular has been a space for black authors to tell their stories authentically, and bookworms seeking good reads can choose from an array of fiction, poetry, historical texts, essays, and memoirs. From literary icons to fresh, buzzworthy talent, we're highlighting 25 books by African-American authors you should add to your reading list today. Octavia Butler's Kindred is one of a string of novels she penned centering on black female protagonists, which was unprecedented in a white-male dominated science and speculative fiction space at the time. This story centers Dana, a young writer in s Los Angeles who is unexpectedly whisked away to the 19th century antebellum South, where she saves the life of Rufus Weylin, the son of a plantation owner.
Summer is just around the corner—and with it comes some time for a restful vacation. Follow her on Twitter. This formidable, epic novel begins with two African sisters who experience life during the slave trade differently: One is taken as a wife by a white Englishman and remains in Ghana, while the other is sold into slavery to America. The novel follows the descendants of the sisters as they grow up on two different continents over the next years. Beautifully moving and haunting, this is a perfectly rewarding read to dig into during summer vacation.
It's always a good time to celebrate Black voices , and literature is one of the best ways to honor some of the community's most illuminating stories. And thanks to the work of African American authors, the world can better understand both the struggles and triumphs of people of color in America. From wise artists like Maya Angelou to new voices like Marlon James and leaders like the Obamas, we've gathered some of the best books by Black authors to add to your reading list ASAP. Originally published in and set in Southern Florida, this story follows main character Janie Crawford on her quest to find independence throughout three different marriages. This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is arguably Morrison's most well-known. As one of our country's great Black writers, Baldwin published a slew of books, short stories, and essays in his life time. Similarly, Baldwin was raised by a stepfather who served as a Baptist pastor.