Celebrate Black History Month with incredible titles from our fiction collection.
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
From the publisher: “[T]his dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you.”
Learn more about author Anissa Gray at her website.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
From the publisher: “Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.” AND “This is the highly anticipated second novel by Angie Thomas, the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning The Hate U Give.”
Dream Country by Shannon Gibney
From the publisher: “The heartbreaking story of five generations of young people from a single African-and-American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom.”
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
From the publisher: “Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it’s trying to break her.”
Pride by Ibi Zoboi
From the publisher: “Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color, from Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award finalist and author of American Street.”
Visit Ibi Zoboi’s website to learn more about the author and her work. Check out American Street and Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America from SFL.
Solo by Kwame Alexander & Mary Rand Hess
Learn more about author Kwame Alexander here. Learn more about Solo here. Check out Swing, another collaboration between Alexander and Hess here. Find these and other Kwame Alexander titles in the library catalog.
The Poet X by by Elizabeth Acevedo
From the publisher: “Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing New York Times-bestselling novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.”
The Poet X continues to (rightfully) accumulate awards and acclaim. Learn more about Nicole Acevedo at her (beautiful) website and in this Literary Hub interview. Check out her poetry collection Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths. And look for her forthcoming book With Fire on High in May 2019.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
From the publisher: “Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.”
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney
From the publisher: “A Blade So Black delivers an irresistible urban fantasy retelling of Alice in Wonderland . . . but it’s not the Wonderland you remember.”
Washington Blackby Esi Edugyan
From the publisher: “A dazzling adventure story about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world.”
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
From the publisher: “At once provocative, terrifying, and darkly subversive, Dread Nation is Justina Ireland’s stunning vision of an America both foreign and familiar—a country on the brink, at the explosive crossroads where race, humanity, and survival meet.”
Zone One by Colson Whitehead
From the publisher: “At once a chilling horror story and a literary novel by a contemporary master, Zone One is a dazzling portrait of modern civilization in all its wretched, shambling glory.”
This zombie novel from the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Intuitionist and The Underground Railroad has plenty to please fans of the horror genre and fans of contemporary literary fiction. Learn more about Colson Whitehead in this 2011 interview in The Atlantic and at his website.. Read a review of Zone One here. Read Whitehead’s essay on his monster movie-filled childhood in this 2012 essay in the New Yorker.
How Long ’til Black Future Month? By N.K. Jemisin
From the publisher: “Three-time Hugo Award winner and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin sharply examines modern society in her first collection of short fiction.”
Explore the worlds of N.K. Jemisin at her website. Visit SFL to check out The Broken Earth series and The Dreamblood duology. Listen to Jemisin discuss her work in this NPR interview. Take a world building workshop with Jemisin & Ezra Klein below (or here). (h/t to Mr. Hooten & Ms. Baker)
Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor
From the publisher: “Collected for the first time in an omnibus edition, the Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning Binti trilogy, the story of one extraordinary girl’s journey from her home to distant Oomza University.”
Learn more about Nnedi Okorafor and her work at her website.
Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
From the publisher: “The visionary author’s masterpiece pulls us—along with her Black female hero—through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.”
Learn more about Octavia E. Butler — eminent and influential author, Afrofuturist pioneer, and MacArthur Grant recipient — here and here. You can also experience Butler’s groundbreaking work in graphic novel form.
The Belles by Dhonielle J. Clayton
From the publisher: “Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else.”
Dhonielle J. Clayton is co-founder of Cake Literary and COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books — a “non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry [and] help produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.”