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10 Classic Epic Poems from the Black Atlantic

poetry

Here is a list that traces the history of the African diaspora, and literary styles through the (middle) passage of both people and ideas.

How Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah’s The Sex Lives of African Women will set you free

non-fiction

The Sex Lives of African Women is pure, unadulterated freedom, somehow magically distilled and transformed into a 304-page book.

To love is to see and to be loved is to be seen: Love in Colour by Bolu Babalola

short stories, literary

Love in Colour makes you question your definition of love. It challenges you to be loved loudly and unashamedly.

“I felt that I had grown up and become Jewell Parker Rhodes”: A conversation with Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes

children’s fiction

Award-winning author sheds light on learning oral tradition from her dear Grandmother and adapting it for children’s books.

“I want the book to create space, especially psychic space in our imaginations”: A conversation with Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah

non-fiction

In 2009, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah co-founded the award-winning blog, Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women. Now she has published The Sex Lives of African Women.

Grown: The Black Girls’ Guide to Glowing Up is a letter to the younger you and a map for the next generation

self-help

This is a true ode of love to Black girlhood. You may laugh, you may tear up a little, and you just might remember lessons from your younger self.

“I needed to write a book that reflected reality”: A conversation with Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström

upmarket fiction

Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström talks freely about how In Every Mirror She’s Black upends mainstream ideas about Nordic society, her difficult journey to publication, and writing Black women.

“I’m writing the stories I need to write”: A conversation with Dean Atta

verse novel, YA

Dean Atta is a Greek-Cypriot Jamaican-British poet who was named one of the most influential LGBT people in Britain by the Independent on Sunday.

The publishing industry cannot continue to hide its anti-Blackness behind #BlackBestSeller

#BLM2020, industry

How does pushing Black-authored titles through a largely, if not entirely, white middle-class industry underserves its products and, ultimately, its own readers?

Shadow Forward: A Review of My Monticello

short stories, literary

My Monticello pulsates the contemporary moment’s terror and uncertainty. Who and what are we the product of, and what is the future of this current birthing?

Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen lays bare the internal woes of existing as a Black woman in the world

non-fiction, self-help

As a trauma-informed therapist, it is wonderful to see the work I do affirmed by another Black woman.

“This book was the way to offer a kind of solidarity”: A conversation with Emmanuel Iduma

travel

Emmanuel Iduma on A Stranger’s Pose‘s ideas and diverse influences as he prepares for next year’s publication of his new memoir, I Am Still With You.

How Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s great Ugandan novel shows us other ways of knowing

Africanjujuism, literary

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s debut, a now-established classic of African literature, was rejected by British publishers for being ‘too African’.

All I want for Christmas is the death of lazy, “diversity” language

industry news

The publishing industry’s current approach to diversity is—by its very nature—rooted in generality and therefore cultural ignorance.

THE BIGGEST BOOKS

Nadifa Mohamed centres humanity in the midst of tragedy and injustice

historical, literary, crime

Set in 1950s Cardiff, The Fortune Men explores the real story of Mahmood Mattan, the last man to be hanged in Wales.

Prolific romance author delivers a chilling thriller about gentrification

thriller

Readers are asphyxiated in the protagonist’s psyche as forcefully as Black residents are being plucked out of Gifford Place.

OPEN WATER: An ethereal meditation on Black love and art

literary

Black love is self-love, but Nelson’s novel reminds us that if Black love is truly self-love, then self-love must also be Black love.

TREAT YOUR SHELF

15 Coming-of-Age Novels in English Translation

literary, translation

This list brings together the stories of Black youth from all four corners, moving away from the dominance of Anglophone voices.

6 Unforgettable Black Poetry Collections

classics

From the concrete heights of a North Peckham estate to the azure shores of the Zambezi River, these poetry collections are brilliant. 

What Africanjujuism Is and Why You Should Read It

YA, literary

These books bring awareness to political struggles through religious beliefs that are not Eurocentric. That is the point of Africanjujuism.

THE DOWNLOW

“I hope Black girls will leave the book feeling that alrightness”: A conversation with Tamara Winfrey Harris

non-fiction, self-help

Tamara Winfrey Harris talks about her work, the Black girl experience, her reading recommendations, and what she’s got coming.

“Black queerness gives us space to imagine”: A conversation with Hari Ziyad

memoir

One of nineteen children raised by a Hindu Hare Kṛṣṇa mother and a Muslim father, Hari Ziyad writes a coming-of-age memoir about growing up in a carceral world.

“I grew up obsessed with this alternate version of myself”: A conversation with Safia Elhillo

verse novel, YA

The author of Home is Not a Country, Safia Elhillo’s work has been recognised internationally for its originality of form and capacity for tenderness.