Black History Month is here, and we recommend picking up books by black authors to celebrate. Last year we participated in #readingblackout, a movement started by BookTuber Denise D. Cooper, and this year we’re upholding the tradition! Need some help getting started? Here are some of Bookish’s favorite books to read this Black History Month by black authors from all genres.
In this YA novel, asexual teen Alice decides she’s done with relationships after a breakup with her girlfriend. But she starts to reconsider after she meets Takumi, her coworker at the library. Earlier this year, Claire Kann visited Bookish to talk about writing for teens here.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
This classic novel introduces readers to Sethe, a former slave whose every waking moment is affected by the horrors she experienced at Sweet Home. Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988.
Going Nowhere Fast by Gar Anthony Haywood
Joe and Dottie Loudermilk go on a road trip that’s anything but relaxing in this mystery. They return to their Airstream after a day of sightseeing, only to find a dead body in the trailer and their son holding a gun.
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
In 2016, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout won both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. The story follows a young man who finds himself arguing before the Supreme Court.
Negroland by Margo Jefferson
Margo Jefferson’s important memoir dissects issues of both class and race through the lens of Jefferson’s own upbringing in an upper-class part of black society in Chicago.