Black Authors & Stories

Last Updated: February 4, 2023

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

Feyi Adekola want to learn how to be alive again after the death of the love of her life. It’s been five years, and Feyi is now an artist, and her best friend Joy is pushing her back into the dating scene. Feyi must search for answers within herself, such as how far is she willing to go for a second chance at love.

Don't Cry For Me by Daniel Black

Don’t Cry for Me
by Daniel Black

On his deathbed, a dying black man writes a letter to his estranged, gay son and shares with him the truth that lives in his heart and tries to create a place where the pair can find peace.

On Rotation by Shirlene Obuobi

On Rotation
by Shirlene Obuobi

A dazzling debut novel that explores that time in your life when you must decide what you want, how to get it, & who you are, all while navigating love, friendship, and the realization that the path you’re traveling is going to be a bumpy ride.

Last Summer on State Street by Toya Wolfe

A striking coming-of-age debut novel about friendship, community, and resilience, set in the housing projects of Chicago during one life-changing summer.

By the Book by Jasmine Guillory

By the Book
by Jasmine Guillory

A young, black woman working in publishing makes a surprise connection with an author who has failed to deliver his highly anticipated manuscript.

We Lie Here by Rachel Howzell Hall

We Lie Here
by Rachel Howzell Hall

Yara Gibson is back in Palmdale, CA, for her parent’s 20th anniversary party when she receives a disturbing text from Felicia Campbell, who claims to be a childhood friend of her mother’s. When Felicia is found dead, her body floating in Lake Palmdale, Yara must uncover the truth about an unsolved mysterious tragedy that occurred in 1998.

Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley

by Leila Mottley

High school dropout siblings Kiara and Marcus Johnson live in a squalid East Oakland apartment, Marcus clinging to a rap stardom dream, Kiara hunting for work to pay rent and support her 9-year-old neighbor boy who was abandoned by his mother. Kiara gets a job nightcrawling, and when her name surfaces as a key witness in a police scandal investigation, her world breaks open.

The Hookup Plan by Farrah Rochon

The Hookup Plan
by Farrah Rochon

London Kelly, a successful pediatrician, has a one night stand with incredibly sexy Drew Sullivan, who she soon finds out is hired at the hospital she works at. Good thing London has besties Samiah and Taylor to help her sort everything out.