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  • Writer's pictureLynn Lovegreen

More Black Authors to Read

I usually write posts about books to read during Black History Month. (See for an example.) In the past year, I’ve found some new authors to add to your list. There’s something for everyone here.

Doctor Know by Mel Walker, young Black woman with short dyed hair in professional clothes

First, I have something for you readers of adult romance. At the RWA (Romance Writers of America) convention in July, I met Mel Walker. Not only is he a really nice guy, he’s also an awesome romance author. I’ve read Doctor Know, a great small-town medical romance, and Love on the Dance Floor, a heartwarming romance between a rapper and a choreographer. Mel writes fully developed characters that you’ll fall in love with.

the Blackwoods bt Brandy Colbert, illustration of young wBlacck woman with sunglasses, lipsticked lips and gold nails

For you YA fans, I recently finished The Blackwoods by Brandy Colbert. Blossom Blackwood was a silver screen icon and the matriarch of a Hollywood family. She dies with a secret. Now her great-grandkids are dealing with loss, fame, and romance. Loved this multi-POV, multi-generational novel!

Reneé Watson Love is a Revolution: primary illustration of Black girl with long hair illustrations of her and tall Black boy in different stages of their relationship

For another YA read, I really enjoyed the family and romance in Love is a Revolution by Renee Watson. When Nana meets Tye at her sister-cousin-friend's activism group, she tells a few lies to impress him. That's fine until he shows interest in her, and she has to keep pretending to be a vegetarian activist. How is she going to sort it all out and figure out how to show herself some love?⁠

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks: illustration of preteen Black girl at desk, thinking with paper and pen in hand

For younger readers, I really enjoyed From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks. ⁠Zoe just turned twelve, and she's planning to become the star baker on the Kids Bake Challenge. She doesn't expect to get a letter from the father who had been in prison all her life. Or to find out he may not have committed the crime. This heartfelt middle grade novel is about life, lies, and finding the truth even when it might get you in trouble.⁠


There are so many great Black authors out there, so this is just a small sampler. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect read for this month, and all year round!

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