Black Female Authors To Have On Your Bookshelf
By Sydnee Martin
As the month of February comes to a close, otherwise known as the illustrious Black History Month, remember that the celebration of Black excellence continues every day. In honor of appreciating the art, talent, and expression that Black excellence embodies and continues to uphold, it’s important to acknowledge Black authors, specifically Black female authors that are on the rise.
Black history deserves to be celebrated through all platforms. Many of these Black female authors, from their own personal experiences, have impacted other people’s lives for the better. Take the opportunity to learn more about these authors, and their books, that we recommend to have on your shelf.
A Nigerian-American writer born in San Diego, California, Tomi Adeyemi has become a favorite author for readers. She graduated with an honors degree in English literature from Harvard University, continuing to inspire those with her creative writing tips on her website.
Her first novel Children of Blood and Bone speaks on the Black experience intertwined with magic, and soon to be a movie! Her second book Children of Virtue and Vengeance is in the works.
Born and raised in Jacksonville, Mississippi, Angie Thomas is an award-winning author who is making strides with her writing in the publishing world. She received her BFA in Creative Writing at Belhaven University and was the first Black woman to graduate with such a degree. Not to mention that she was a former teen rapper.
Her debut novel The Hate U Give speaks on the rise of police brutality that has risen in the United States and became a movie adaptation last October. In February, Thomas published her second debut novel, On the Come Up that was inspired by her own rapping experience.
Born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, Yaa Gyasi graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English and an MFA from Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She found solace in books at a young age and was inspired to have a career in writing. We recommend Gyasi’s Homegoing, which focuses on a family journey from Africa to North America during the time of slavery and leading up to the present.
Octavia E. Butler
Octavia E. Butler was a well-known science fiction writer whose work focused on many topics regarding the Black experience. She began writing at an early age and her work continued to flourish up until the time of her passing.
One of her well-known novels, Kindred, is about a character’s journey through time travel, experiencing the emotions of terror, hope, and despair between slavery and the present day.
One of our very own First Lady’s and the first Black woman to have such a title, Michelle Obama was born on the South Side of Chicago. She received her B.A. at Princeton University and attended Harvard Law. Michelle Obama has become an inspiration for many, creating change internationally.
Her book, Becoming, speaks on the life lessons learned before, during and after becoming First Lady. After all, who wouldn’t want to read the words of Auntie Michelle?