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Award-Winning & Best-Selling African American Authors

FICTION

The Confessions of Frannie Langton
Sara Collins
2019 Black Enterprise – Must Read

Small Country
GaëL Faye
2019 NAACP Nominee Debut Author

The Vain Conversation
Anthony Grooms
2019 BCALA Literary Award – Honor Book Fiction

They Come In All Colors
Malcolm Hansen
2019 NAACP Nominee Fiction
2019 BCALA Literary Award – First Novelist Fiction

Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther?: a Novel of the Marvel Universe
Jesse J. Holland
2019 NAACP Nominee Fiction

Black Leopard, Red Wolf
Marlon James
2019 National Book Award – Fiction Finalist

The Fifth Season
N. K. Jemisin
2016 Hugo Award for Best Fiction

An American Marriage
Tayari Jones
2019 NAACP Winner Fiction
2019 BCALA Literary Award – Fiction

Bluebird, Bluebird
Attica Locke
2018 Edgar Award for Best Novel

Praise Song for the Butterflies
Bernice L. McFadden
2019 BCALA Literary Award – Honor Book Fiction

Down the River Unto the Sea
Walter Moseley
2019 Edgar Award for Best Novel

Envy: a Seven Deadly Sins Novel
Victoria Christopher Murray
2019 NAACP Nominee Fiction

Better Late Than Never
Kimberla Lawson Roby
2019 NAACP Nominee Fiction

Heads of the Colored People
Nafissa Thompson-Spires
2019 NAACP Nominee Debut Author

Sing, Unburied, Sing
Jesmyn Ward
2017 National Book Award – Fiction Winner

The Underground Railroad
Colson Whitehead
2017 Pulitzer Prize – Fiction Winner
2016 National Book Award – Fiction Winner

NONFICTION

Thick: and Other Essays
Tressie McMillan Cottom
301 COT
2019 National Book Award – Nonfiction Finalist

Black Girls Rock!: Owning Our Magic, Rocking Our Truth
Beverly Bond
305.48896 BLA
2019 NAACP Nominee Nonfiction

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments
Saidiya V. Hartman
305.48896 HAR
2019 Zoran Canon

Barracoon: the Story of the Last “Black Cargo”
Zora Neale Hurston
306.362 HUR
2019 NAACP Nominee Biography/Autobiography

The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism
Howard Bryant
306.483 BRY
2019 BCALA Literary Award – Honor Book Nonfiction

Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family
David Mann
306.81 MAN
2019 NAACP Winner Debut Author

Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement
Janet Dewart Bell
323.1196 BEL
2019 NAACP Nominee Debut Author

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics
Donna Brazile
328 BRA
2019 NAACP Winner Nonfiction
2019 NAACP Nominee Instructional

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row
Anthony Ray Hinton
364.66 HIN
2019 NAACP Nominee Nonfiction

Solitary: Unbroken by Four Decades in Solitary Confinement
Albert Woodfox
365.6 WOO
2019 National Book Award – Nonfiction Finalist

Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration
Carla Hall
641.5975 HAL
2019 NAACP Nominee Instructional

Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life
John Daymond
650.1 JOH
2019 NAACP Winner Instructional
2019 Black Enterprise – Must Read

Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist
Franchesca Ramsey
791.45028 RAM
2019 NAACP Nominee Biography/Autobiography

Well-Read Black Girl
Glory Edim, editor
810.809287 WEL
2019 NAACP Nominee Instructional

If God Invented Baseball
E. Ethelbert Miller
811.54 MIL
2019 BCALA Literary Award – Honor Book Poetry

Magical Negro: Poems
Morgan Parker
811.6 PAR
2019 Zoran Canon

Indecency
Justin Phillip Reed
811.6 REE
2019 BCALA Literary Award – Honor Book Poetry

The Yellow House
Sarah M. Broom
814.6 BRO
2019 National Book Award – Nonfiction Winner

Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
968.065 MAN
2019 NAACP Nominee Biography/Autobiography

Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires
Shomari Wills
973.0496 WIL
2019 BCALA Literary Award – Honor Book Nonfiction

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry
Imani Perry
B HANSBERRY
2019 BCALA Literary Award – Honor Book Nonfiction

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke
Jeffrey C. Steward
B LOCKE
2019 NAACP Nominee Biography/Autobiography
2019 BCALA Literary Award – Nonfiction
2019 American Book Awards - ABA

Becoming
Michelle Obama
B OBAMA
2019 NAACP Winner Biography/Autobiography
2019 BCALA Literary Award – Honor Book Nonfiction
2019 Black Enterprise – Must Read

 

2019 Black Caucus American Library Association Literary Awards – BCALA
First presented at the Second National Conference of African American Librarians in 1994, the BCALA Literary Awards acknowledge outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction for adult audiences by African American authors.

2019 NAACP Image Awards
NAACP awards are given in the following literature categories: Biography/Autobiography, Debut Author, Fiction, Instructional, Nonfiction and Poetry.

2019 National Book Award
The National Book Awards were established in 1950 to celebrate the best writing in America. Since 1989, they have been overseen by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to celebrate the best literature in America.

2019 ZORA Canon
Booklist specifically featuring the finest literary works produced by African American women authors. 

2019 Black Enterprise – Must Reads
Books by black authors recommended as “must-reads” by Black Enterprise, the premier business resource for African American professionals.

 


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