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There are infinite ways to be Black. To be Black and joyful or awestruck. To be Black and to amplify, or to agitate, or to celebrate. They are all important. They are all glorious. And nothing quite captures this truth like literature.

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Where to Start With James Baldwin

Explore the works of one of the most brilliant literary figures of the past century with this list of his novels, plays, and essays.

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Celebrating Black Poets

Read Black poets who have impacted readers around the world, from beloved writers including Gwendolyn Brooks and Langston Hughes to contemporary poets including Amanda Gorman and Robin Coste Lewis.

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Book Recommendations by HBCU Alumni Authors

We asked a few of our authors who attended HBCUs to share their book recommendations! Pick up the stories that have inspired and uplifted them.

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Books by Afro-Latine Authors

Get ready to go on exhilarating adventures with this list of books by Afro-Latine authors which includes chapter books, memoirs, and more.

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Books By and About Black Business Owners and Creators

From celebrities who have built their brands to athletes who are successful on and off the court or field to chefs and restauranteurs reinventing dining to business titans dominating Wall Street, Black business owners are out here proving what it takes to shine against all odds.

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Moving Nonfiction by Black Authors

These works of nonfiction by Black authors will move you — to learn more, to teach others, or to explore your own identity and voice your own point of view.

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Speculative Fiction Must-Reads by Black Authors

Black speculative fiction is becoming more prevalent among readers and writers. Time travel, ancestral magic, gods, the supernatural, alternate histories, and dystopian stories allow Black authors to deliver endless possibilities of Black people surviving and overcoming the impossible in worlds similar to our reality.

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Must-Read Books by Queer Black Authors

From laugh-out-loud memoirs to unforgettable novels, pick up these stories by classic and contemporary queer black authors that we can’t recommend enough.

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Must-Read Books by Books With Black Families at the Center Black Authors

Each of the books on this list are an enduring testament to the limitlessness of love, community, and survival. These stories beautifully highlight the way family—on and off the page—shapes who we are or hope to become.

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Romance Books by Black Authors That Center Black Love

Dive into one of these romance books by Black authors that feature Black love inall its forms.

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Books About Black Joy To Add to Your Bookshelf

Black joy isn’t limited to one genre. Read the books that celebrate Black joy at the forefront.

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