Choosing the next book on your reading list might be a bit of a challenge especially if you’re looking to try something different. What book should that be? You’ve got so many options. Or none at all. Either way, worry not! If you’re looking to read a book by a black female author, you’re in the right place to be because right here are great recommendations of three famous, prolific black female authors you should most definitely read.
Alice Malsenior Walker (born on the 9th of February, 1944) is most famous for her novel The Colour Purple. The book was so remarkable that it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for hardcover fiction.
She is also a poet and an avowed feminist that is so passionate about black women. This is very evident in her works. She in fact coined the term womanist which she used to depict a black feminist of colour.
In 1960, she met with Martin Luther King Jr. who fueled her desire to participate in the Civil Rights Movements.
She brings a great wealth of experience to the table and indeed, she is one of the finest authors there are.
Unlike Alice Walker who had been known since the 70s, Angie Thomas rose into spotlight only four years ago. Before then, the 31-year-old from Jackson, Mississippi was unknown to the world- unknown until her first book, The Hate U Give.
The book was so powerful that within a few months, it was quickly accepted and read far and wide. Like Alice Walker, she is an activist and she uses her writing as a voice to empower black folks. Now with two books published, her book, Concrete Rose will be released in January, 2021.
She’s definitely one author you should read.
Esi Edugyan, born and raised in Alberta, is a Canadian novelist of Ghanian origin. She is the recipient of the Giller Price for two of novels: Washington Black and Half-Blood Blues.
Her book, Washington Black, made the Man Booker Prize shortlist.
Esi Edugyan also uses her work to tell the African story. Her prose dips unto history to soak an array of fictitious experiences that would have otherwise been lost to the world.
Like Alice Walker and Angie Thomas, her work is truly powerful and is most definitely one you should add to your reading list.