Celebrating Black History Month! Some book recommendations

February is Black History Month! Also known as Mois de l'histoire des noirs in Québec. To celebrate black writers and literatures, we put together a list of reading recommendations, pulled from all corners of the store! Of course, we encourage you to read these authors all year round, but why not start right now?

In fact, because there are so many books we want to spotlight, we'll post a few lists over the month.
To begin, here's what we love in fiction, poetry, and (auto)biography!


Fiction for those who like their stories strange, funny, and unclassifiable
The Sellout (Paul Beatty); Fifteen Dogs (André Alexis); Long Division (Kiese Laymon); Event Factory and the rest of the Ravicka trilogy (Renee Gladman)

Sci-fi and fantasy
Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture (Ytasha L. Womack); Dhalgren (Samuel R. Delaney); The Illegal (Lawrence Hill); Lilith's Brood (Octavia E. Butler); Lagoon (Nnedi Okorafor)

Customers often ask us what they should read next if they loved Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah. Here are some recommendations!
Dust (Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor); We Need New Names (NoViolet Bulawayo); Three Strong Women (Marie Ndiaye, translated by John Fletcher); Tram 83 (Fiston Mwanza Mujila, translated by Roland Glasser); Under the Udala Trees (Chinelo Okparanta)

Literary classics
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston); Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison); I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou); Another Country (James Baldwin); Sula (Toni Morrison)

Contemporary poetry
Thou (Aisha Sasha John); How to Be Drawn (Terrance Hayes); Voyage of the Sable Venus (Robin Coste Lewis); Citizen: An American Lyric (Claudia Rankine); Boy with Thorn (Rickey Laurentiis)

Biographical and autobiographical works
Negroland (Margo Jefferson); James Baldwin: The Last Interview and Other Conversations; Bad Feminist: Essays (Roxanne Gay); Assata: An Autobiography (Assata Shakur); Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates); Zami: A New Spelling of My Name: A Biomythography (Audre Lorde)

Biographies and memoirs about and by musicians
Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove (Amir Questlove Thompson); The Dirty Version: On stage, in the Studio, and in the Streets with Ol' Dirty Bastard (Buddha Monk and Mickey Hess); I'll Never Write My Memoirs (Grace Jones); Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Robin Kelley); The Last Holiday: A Memoir (Gil Scott-Heron)

Stay tuned for more Black History Month posts!

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