It's #WorldBookDay and it's always been dominant by white authors, however you should check these books by black authors if you haven't
Black authors are historically minority, but the numbers of books are growing. Here is the list of some books published last year that you probably should check out. It’s not all of them, there are plenty talented black authors and hidden gems.
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
Winner of the National Book Award for fiction, The Underground Railroad explores the journey of two enslaved black Americans from Southern bondage to Northern freedom—only the Underground Railroad is not just a network of people, but a physical train.
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, Jesmyn Ward
National Book Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward gathers here essays from leading intellectuals of color meditating on race in our time.
Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
One of the most anticipated novels of 2016, Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing does not disappoint. In a story stretching across centuries and from Africa to America, Gyasi delves into the pain and joy of the experience of the global African Diaspora.
Here Comes the Sun, Nicole Dennis-Benn
The many layers of life in Jamaica are the subject of this explosive debut novel by Nicole Dennis-Benn. Looking at poverty, European sex tourism and the daily lives of Jamaicans, Dennis-Benn makes us see beneath the surface and reckon with complexity.
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education, Mychal Denzel Smith
This memoir by Mychal Denzel Smith explores what it is like to come of age as a black man during the tenure of the first black American president. Here is analysis of the insincerity of respectability politics and a need for true intersectionality in thinking of race, gender and power.
Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives, Gary Younge
In this powerful piece of nonfiction, Afro-British journalist Gary Younge looks at America’s gun culture by documenting the lives of children lost to gun violence in a single day.