Friday Fives | Black Authors That You Should Check Out

Posted February 25, 2022 by TheNonbinaryLibrarian in friday fives / 0 Comments

I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics.

Another post focusing on Black authors, but I want to send a reminder that Black people and Black authors should NOT be celebrated, acknowledged, cared about only in the month of February. They should matter all year long!! Please don’t let the end of February stop you from reading Black authors or caring about Black people.

I can and will continue talking about The Gilded Ones for ages to come!!

I was introduced to Brittney Morris’s writing in The Cost of Knowing and was blown away by the beautiful story and characters. So much truth in that novel!!

I’m still thinking of Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half today. I mean that novel really hit me hard and was just so amazing!

I don’t understand why more people are not talking about Pamela N. Harris’s book When You Look Like Us!? Such an amazing story with so many tough topics that need to be talked about and addressed.

Jericho Brown is a poet who I cannot describe in words, so here’s a few lines of his poetry: They lie like stones and dare not shift. Even asleep, everyone hears in prison./Dwayne Betts deserves more than this dry ink for his teenage years in prison.

As I was gathering up the authors to showcase today, I realized something with my own reading habits. I read quite a few books about and on Black pain and social justice and not enough on Black joy. This is something I need to work on this year.

Happy Reading Darlings!

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