20 New and Upcoming Novels for Black History Month

Posted by Cybil on February 1, 2020


In honor of Black History Month, we rounded up some of the most anticipated 2020 novels by authors of color. And, of course, these books also represent some of the most coveted books of the year, including sophomore novels from rising literary stars Yaa Gyasi, Brit Bennett, and Imbolo Mbue as well as new works from well-known novelists like James McBride, Terry McMillan, and N.K. Jemisin.

This is also the perfect opportunity to add a new voice to your Want to Read shelf. Be sure to check out some of the debut novels on this list, including Everywhere You Don't Belong, Real Life, These Ghosts Are Family, and Such a Fun Age (which technically hit bookstores on the last day of 2019).

Which of these new and upcoming releases are making their way onto your Want to Read shelf? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
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Which of these novels are you looking forward to the most? Tell us in the comments!

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message 1: by Bettie (new)

Bettie Everywhere you don't belong.


message 2: by Pamela blasi (new)

Pamela blasi Free reading


message 3: by Corey Palmer (new)

Corey Palmer This so great 👍!!!


message 4: by Bernice (new)

Bernice Pierre Terry McMillan


message 5: by Shirley (new)

Shirley Terry McMillan. I loved her other books and analyzed them to try to understand how she does it.


Lalaa #ThisBlackGirlReads Yaa Ghasi's new one I cannot wait to read it.


message 7: by Lorilin (new)

Lorilin Can't wait to read The Vanishing Half. Real Life looks interesting, too.


message 8: by CathyL (last edited Feb 04, 2020 06:58AM) (new)

CathyL Surprised Memoirs of the Senators' Wife is not on the list. Great read for Black History Month. Black woman passes as White in the 50s, to fight racism. One of the best novels I have ever read.


message 9: by Bookaholic (new)

Bookaholic Darn I want them ALL!


message 10: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Thanks for sharing this list. You shouldn't use black authors and authors of color interchangeably. Given that it's Black History Month, I assume this is a list of black authors, not just authors of color, and you should say so!


message 11: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Fairley Michelle wrote: "Thanks for sharing this list. You shouldn't use black authors and authors of color interchangeably. Given that it's Black History Month, I assume this is a list of black authors, not just authors o..."

Lorilin wrote: "Can't wait to read The Vanishing Half. Real Life looks interesting, too."

I can't find the Surprising Memoirs...who is the author?


message 12: by Morgan (new)

Morgan CathyL wrote: "Surprised Memoirs of the Senators' Wife is not on the list. Great read for Black History Month. Black woman passes as White in the 50s, to fight racism. One of the best novels I have ever read."

Who is the author?


message 13: by Ursula (new)

Ursula All of them!! Lakewood sounds interesting, as does The Vanishing Half


message 14: by Bernadette (new)

Bernadette Most looking forward to reading Zora Neale Hurston! Always a favorite!


message 15: by Mary (new)

Mary Anderton I want to read Imbolo Mbue’s next book because I loved Behold the Dreamers so much.


message 16: by O. (new)

O. Matt The book I would like to read is "THE FIRE NEXT TIME by JAMES BALWIN"

o'matt blog:edisonhttps://www.goodreads.come.






O'matt blog:edisonhttps://www.goodreads.com


message 17: by Gracie Anduze (new)

Gracie Anduze Standing at the Scratchline by Guy Johnson (Maya Angelou's son)


message 18: by Tamesha (new)

Tamesha Edwards In honor of Black History Month, please feel free to add my book titled, "Caustic", trilogy series first book. The story Caustic is contemporary women and psychological fiction. The story deals with subject matter that all individuals can relate or may know of an individual that have been a victim of abuse, mental illness and sexuality.

Thank you,
Tamesha Edwards, Author


message 19: by Ernie (new)

Ernie Brill Elbow Room - James Allan McPherson
Uncle Tom's Children- Richard Wrigh
The Echo Tree- Henry Dumas
Gorilla My Love- Toni Cade Bambara
The Seabirds Are Still Alive- Toni Cade Bambara
Dr. King's Refrigerator and Other Bedtime stories
You Can't Keep A Good Woman Down- Alice Walker


message 20: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth A. I recommend, THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD and THE NICKEL BOYS by Colson Whitehead, Also BETWEEN THE WORLD & ME,
Ta Nehisi Coates


message 21: by CathyL (new)

CathyL Kelly wrote: "Michelle wrote: "Thanks for sharing this list. You shouldn't use black authors and authors of color interchangeably. Given that it's Black History Month, I assume this is a list of black authors, n..."

Memoirs of the Senators Wife by S.M. Ford on Amazon


message 22: by CathyL (new)

CathyL Morgan wrote: "CathyL wrote: "Surprised Memoirs of the Senators' Wife is not on the list. Great read for Black History Month. Black woman passes as White in the 50s, to fight racism. One of the best novels I have..."

Memoirs of the Senator's Wife by S.M. Ford on Amazon


message 23: by CathyL (new)

CathyL Kelly wrote: "Michelle wrote: "Thanks for sharing this list. You shouldn't use black authors and authors of color interchangeably. Given that it's Black History Month, I assume this is a list of black authors, n..."

Memoirs of the Senator's Wife by S.M. Ford on Amazon


message 24: by Louise (new)

Louise Most of these sound fantastic. Wish I could read faster!


message 25: by kittykat (new)

kittykat Please don't forget to read genre and fun books by black authors too, not just struggle stories. And romance. It's important to get a balance.


message 26: by Kate (last edited Feb 05, 2020 08:05AM) (new)

Kate I am enjoying “All Blood Runs Red” by Phil Keith about Eugene Bullard. What an amazing life! Edit- just realized the title of this post was novels. This biography isn’t a novel, but is a great read!


message 27: by Maree (new)

Maree Rogers They were her Property
is an amazing book that lays bare the truth about
white woman's ownership of enslaved people and how men married them for this wealth. George Washington was one who inherited his wife's chattel when he married her.
Great book!


message 28: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Love James McBride's writing.


message 29: by Darren todd (new)

Darren todd Hi


message 30: by Darren todd (new)

Darren todd What play game 👌y.I have a good little bit about you can else is in this country,a lot every other week e else from you don't


message 31: by Christy Hagen (new)

Christy Hagen Clements This has to be THE best list and some of the most beautiful covers I’ve seen recently! Can’t wait to read these!!


Amy "the book-bat" Catherine House sounds interesting and that cover is gorgeous


message 33: by Ms YaYa (new)

Ms YaYa Yaa Gyasi! Can’t wait!!


message 34: by Amira (new)

Amira Smith Saving Ruby King but several more


message 35: by Ernie (new)

Ernie Brill WHO WANTS SOME POETRY TITLES OR POET NAMES?
IE:
PATRICIA SMITH- BLOOD DAZZLE ( ABOUT KATRINA HURRICANE
TRACY SMITH - LIFE ON MARS, WADE IN THE WATER
EVIE SHOCKLEY- THE NEW BLACK, SEMI-AUTOMATIC
DURIEL HARRISS-NO DICTIONARY OF A LIVING TONGUE
NIKKI FINNEY- HEAD OFF AND SPLIT
MORGAN PARKER- THERE ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAN BEYONCE
HARRYETTE MULLEN- RECYCLOPEDIA
GWENDOLYN BROOKS- BLACK, IN THE MECCA, RIOT
FRANNIE HARRIS- ANYTHING
MARILYN NELSON- A WREATH FOR EMMET TILL, CARVER,
HOMEPLACE, SWEETHEARTS OF RHYTHM


message 36: by Ernie (new)

Ernie Brill PATRICIA SMITH HAS A SENSATIONAL SECTION OF SONNETS ON MOTOWN IN HER BOOK. SHOULDA BEEN JIMMY SAVANNAH ( MY FAVORITE BOOK OF HERS)


message 37: by Beverly M Lee (new)

Beverly M Lee Wow too many to choose


message 38: by Sondra (new)

Sondra Waites Beverly M Lee wrote: "Wow too many to choose"

You've listed too many to choose, i'll just have to take my time and read them all. Thank you for posting them all. I' m very excited.


message 39: by A'layjia (new)

A'layjia It's not all downhill from here


message 40: by Carrolet (new)

Carrolet There are so many books to look forward to in 2020. It's hard to choose just one...but my vote is for The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.


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