66 of the Year's Most Anticipated Fiction by Black Authors

Posted by Cybil on February 1, 2021


Happy Black History Month! Literary fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, fantasy, sci-fi, short stories, and young adult novels: This roundup of highly anticipated 2021 fiction by Black authors has something for everyone. 

Here's an opportunity to discover the novels of promising debut authors, including Robert Jones Jr., Mateo Askaripour, Nancy Johnson, Dawnie Walton, and Zakiya Dalila Harris, as well as to return to the work of beloved writers you may already know, like Nnedi OkoraforAngie ThomasWalter MosleyImbolo Mbue, and Colson Whitehead.

Scroll over the book covers to learn more about each novel, and be sure to add the books that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf!
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Which of these books are you most excited to read? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ije the Devourer of Books There are some interesting books here. Moth sounds fascinating. I dont read much YA but this one intrigues me because it is written in verse. The cover is so bright and colourful. This one is definitely going on my to read pile


message 2: by Cate (new)

Cate M. Turner *TBR-List explodes*


Latanya (Crafty Scribbles) Well, there goes my book budget. Who am I kidding? What book budget. Happy to already have some of these on my list while adding others.


message 4: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Latanya (Crafty Scribbles) wrote: "Well, there goes my book budget. Who am I kidding? What book budget. Happy to already have some of these on my list while adding others." Hahahaha - I agree completely - what book budget lol. A lot of these books sound like they will be great!


message 5: by LaDonna (new)

LaDonna Latanya (Crafty Scribbles) wrote: "Well, there goes my book budget. Who am I kidding? What book budget. Happy to already have some of these on my list while adding others."

I'm with you, Latanya! What an awesome list!!! I found myself literally doing the math as I was going through the list. How many can I afford to buy right now? Which ones will I have to wait and buy later? Time to get my shop on. ;)


It's Me - Yvette Am adding quite a few to my "want it" shelf. Also adding to my "maybe thinking about it" shelf as well. Happy to be able to support African American writers. I don't think I read enough authors of color but want to change that in 2021!


Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'? I had a few on the TBR, but quite a few more have been added.


The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears Added quite a few more to my "book boner" list, lol. Plenty of romance, fantasy and sci-fi for me yay!


message 9: by Meredith (new)

Meredith Stacey Abrams is also a fiction author? Sign me up!


message 10: by Mackenzi (new)

Mackenzi So many beautiful covers. And an interesting # of them set in the 20s and 30s- such a rough time but it makes for some truly interesting and insightful stories!


Patricia A. Leach I have my favorites. This is not what I want to read. Get rid of it.


message 12: by Matt (new)

Matt Pleased to see a delightful amount of queer literature on this list. My want to read list may have just doubled, and I'm okay with that; on the venn diagram of genres, the intersection of queer and poc lit is probably the most enjoyable,


message 13: by Brit (last edited Feb 02, 2021 06:29AM) (new)

Brit Hvide This list is missing The Unbroken by C L Clark!


message 14: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Meredith wrote: "Stacey Abrams is also a fiction author? Sign me up!"

She also writes romance as Selena Montgomery!


message 15: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Latanya (Crafty Scribbles) wrote: "Well, there goes my book budget. Who am I kidding? What book budget. Happy to already have some of these on my list while adding others."

During COVID, I happily discovered how many books recommended on Goodreads that my library has available as e-Books. Plus, you can make recommendations about books they should buy.


message 16: by Miles (new)

Miles Kierson I am going to read Blood Grove by Walter Mosely, I have read most of his Easy Rawlins' early series, and I'm excited that there are new ones that I didn't know about. I started the series when Devil in a Blue Dress came out, in 1990. I thought the series had ended and I lost touch with what was going on regarding him. He's a skillful writer and story teller, and I love Easy!...I might start over again with the first of the series...


message 17: by Mary (new)

Mary I added all but maybe half a dozen to my TBR so many of them look so good!


message 18: by Carolane (new)

Carolane Vallée Cate wrote: "*TBR-List explodes*"

SAME. I'm like panicking because I want to read them all (I have a thing for African American/Black Literature). Can't waiiiiit *screams from excitement*


message 19: by Fran (new)

Fran Luckom-Nurnberg So many wonderful looking books. Would it be possible to see them by category so it would be easier to chose?


message 20: by Maria (new)

Maria Herndon It is named "Black History Month". There should be some Black history books listed; for example: Stolen Legacy by Ivan Van Sertima, 12 Years A Slave by Soloman Northrup, or Caste by Isabel Wilkerson, books by Haki Mahdhubuti, poems by Gwendolyn Brooks, etc.; books that share information on Black History.
I'm just saying!!


message 21: by kell_xavi (new)

kell_xavi Did the same person design the covers for The Prophets and What's Mine and Yours? Super similar look.

I'm excited for The Rib King and Blood Like Magic!


message 22: by Essence (new)

Essence McDowell They had me at Nnedi Okorafore and Colson Whitehead. Can't wait to get so many of these into my library.


message 23: by Angela (new)

Angela Jackson-Brown Angela Jackson-Brown

Thank you for including me on this list. It is a challenge for Black authors to get our work on the radar of readers. I consider it an honor to be included on a list with such amazing authors. Goodreads does good work to support all authors.


message 24: by Courtney (new)

Courtney Miller Allllll of them! Lol


JayleesPrettyBooked I am here for them alllllll might just have to order another bookshelf for all black authors!!!! I'm love it!


message 26: by Cybil, Goodreads employee (new)

Cybil Maria wrote: "It is named "Black History Month". There should be some Black history books listed; for example: Stolen Legacy by Ivan Van Sertima, 12 Years A Slave by Soloman Northrup, or Caste by Isabel Wilkerso..."

Thanks for your comment! For this article we focused on fiction, however, please check out this article on recent Black history books: https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1...


message 27: by Dan (new)

Dan Sumption Can't believe you've not included Mrs Death Misses Death by Salena Godden on the list.


message 28: by Pen&Quill (new)

Pen&Quill  Read Most excited? Gonna go with blood like magic


message 29: by Pen&Quill (new)

Pen&Quill  Read Latanya (Crafty Scribbles) wrote: "Well, there goes my book budget. Who am I kidding? What book budget. Happy to already have some of these on my list while adding others."

😂👍📚📚📚📚📚📚


message 30: by Liz T (new)

Liz T And just like that, my TBR list grew by 66!


message 31: by Ezinwanyi (new)

Ezinwanyi Chinyere I wish I could bookmark this page and keep it\


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