Black Authors & Stories

Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Take My Hand
by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Civil Townsend, fresh out of nursing school and eager to make a difference in her African American community, is shocked at her new patients. They’re just eleven and thirteen, and on birth control. She cares for the family until the unthinkable happens. Decades later, Dr. Townsend is ready to retire- but there are people and stories that refuse to be forgotten.

Nobody’s Magic by Destiny O. Birdsong

Nobody’s Magic
by Destiny O. Birdsong

This novel, told in three parts about three Black women with albinism who find themselves at the crossroads of their lives, is a searing meditation on grief, female strength, and self-discovery.

Like a Sister by Kellye Gerrett

Like a Sister
by Kellye Gerrett

Lena Scott is determined to find justice for her dead half-sister, disgraced reality TV star Desiree Pierce, even if it means untangling her family’s darkest secrets.

Things Past Telling by Sheila Williams

Things Past Telling
by Sheila Williams

Maryam Prescilla Grace (aka “Momma Grace”) was born in West Africa in the mid-eighteenth century. Throughout her life, she endures and perseveres through enslavement. She gains and loses her homeland, her family, her culture, her husband, her lovers, and her children. Yet as the decades pass, this tenacious woman never loses her sense of self.

The Blood Trials by N. E. Davenport

The Blood Trials
by N. E. Davenport

After her grandfather is assassinated, Ikenna, bent on revenge, pledges herself to the Praetorian Trials where she subjects herself to racism to hide the power that–if found out–would lead to her execution.

Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi

Goliath
by Tochi Onyebuchi

A primal biblical epic flung into the future, Goliath weaves together disparate narratives. Set in the 2050s, Earth has begun to empty as those with the means have left for space colonies, and those left behind salvage what they can from the collapsing infrastructure.

Yinka, Where is Your Husband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Yinka, Where is Your Husband?
by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Yinka is a 30-something, Oxford educated, British Nigerian woman with a well-paid job, and friends and a mother who relentlessly ask her when she will be getting married. She’s determined to find a date for her cousin’s wedding, always believing that true love will find her when the time is right.

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois
by Honoree Fanonne Jeffers

To come to terms with who she is and what she wants, Ailey, the daughter of an accomplished doctor and a strict schoolteacher, embarks on a journey through her family’s past, helping her embrace her full heritage, which is the story of the Black experience in itself.