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42 Amazing Books Written By Black Authors


Woo, I’ve got a lot of reading to do…

If you’ve read any of these books please share your perspectives on them – or add recommendations of your own not seen here!

Some particularly potent (and sometimes painful…looking at you The Color Purple) reads I personally recommend from the list:

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • The Autobiography Of Malcolm X 
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Also, Mod Alice loves and recommends all things Octavia E. Butler.

-Mod Colette, WWC 

42 Amazing Books Written By Black Authors

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Author: Penny Wilder

Penny Wilder is a queer human who writes and reads far too many books. She lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and four cats. Her favorite thing to do at the end of a very long day is to curl up with her tablet and read. She does bookkeeping for nonprofits by day, and by night moonlights as a blogger, artist, illustrator, actor, director, performer, and also sometimes as a business manager for a fledgling theater company. (Not all at once though, because that would be crazy!) She has spent a good deal of her life working in theater; either onstage as a performer, or backstage doing just about every job imaginable. Her love of writing dates back almost as far as her love of reading.

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