The New Black Renaissance

These diverse voices will reframe the way you think about modern literature.


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Black authors are often under-recognized and overlooked, but in the past five years, there has been an undeniable resurgence of books—from fiction to poetry to memoirs—detailing the black experience not just in America, but across the globe. From struggling families in the 1960s deep South to the first-person recollection of a black transgender woman’s journey, check out this list of 21 books by authors who are leaving their marks on the publishing and literary worlds.


Bookshelf curated by Arianna Davis.

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About Arianna Davis

Arianna Davis

ARIANNA DAVIS began her obsession with reading with The Baby-Sitter’s Club. While she’s since graduated to more adult titles (ok, so she did reread Twilight a few times…), her passion for books has remained the same. A Maryland native, she now lives in Long Island City, New York, where she likes to try new restaurants and read along the water. Her own writing has been published in Us Weekly, O, The Oprah Magazine, New York Magazine, Pop Sugar, and more. Follow her adventures on Instagram: @ariannagab

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