The Very Time I Thought I Was lost, My Dungeon Shook and My Chains Fell Off: Forthcoming Books for 2018 by Authors of African Descent

~African-American spiritual.
Via.

ROUND SIX! The literary list for books (novels, short stories and poetry) scheduled for US publication in 2018 for those that seek to read stories from the black point of view. Authors of African descent only please. No hood lit, urban lit, erotica, urban lit, chick lit, or self-published. English titles only.

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2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
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message 1: by Addy (last edited Nov 07, 2017 10:05AM) (new)

Addy The following were deleted because they were nonfiction, young adult/mg, or have already been released prior to 2018. This list is for adult literary fiction, short stories, and poetry with a US publication in 2018 only.

Feel Free: Essays
by Zadie Smith


We Are Taking Only What We Need: Stories
by Stephanie Powell Watts


Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Disco...
by Brittney Cooper

Barracoon
by Zora Neale Hurston

Dread Nation
by Justina Ireland


This Will Be My Undoing: Living at th...
by Morgan Jerkins


Monday's Not Coming
by Tiffany D. Jackson


Children of Blood and Bone
by Tomi Adeyemi

Let's Talk About Love
by Claire Kann

Hurricane Child
by Kheryn Callender


message 2: by Addy (new)

Addy Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope has been removed because it was released in 2015.


message 3: by Divena (new)

Divena Addy wrote: "Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope has been removed because it was released in 2015."

I see it was added back


message 4: by Addy (new)

Addy Divena wrote: "Addy wrote: "Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope has been removed because it was released in 2015."

I see it was added back"


Thanks, I deleted it again.


message 5: by Addy (last edited May 15, 2018 08:04AM) (new)

Addy Okay, so I'm trying to keep this list consisting of high quality literature (as the description clearly states), so I've deleted the following:

Read Herring Hunt by V.M. Burns,

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory, Secrets, Lies, & Crawfish Pies by Abby L. Vandiver

Second Time Sweeter: A Blessings Novel by Beverly Jenkins

The Book in Room 316 by ReShonda Tate Billingsley


message 6: by Addy (new)

Addy I've also updated the description so that peopleunderstand this list is NOT FOR CHICK LITERATURE. This list is for high/middle brow literature, short stories, and poetry.


message 7: by Addy (last edited May 15, 2018 08:10AM) (new)

Addy I've removed the following because it's chick lit:

Hollywood Ending by Kellye Garrett
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Sorry, usually I don't have a problem with a few getting on the list (even though it's against the rules), but with the constant influx of chick lit making it's way to the list, I'm going to have to stop being so lenient.


message 8: by Divena (new)

Divena Addy wrote: "I've also updated the description so that peopleunderstand this list is NOT FOR CHICK LITERATURE. This list is for high/middle brow literature, short stories, and poetry."

High brow is an opinion. What you're saying is you only want black books that portray suffering or hardship


message 9: by Addy (last edited May 16, 2018 11:25AM) (new)

Addy Divena wrote: "Addy wrote: "I've also updated the description so that peopleunderstand this list is NOT FOR CHICK LITERATURE. This list is for high/middle brow literature, short stories, and poetry."

High brow i..."


I want books that follow my rules. If you are so opposed, you are more than welcome to create your own list.


message 10: by Divena (last edited May 16, 2018 02:31PM) (new)

Divena Addy wrote: "Divena wrote: "Addy wrote: "I've also updated the description so that peopleunderstand this list is NOT FOR CHICK LITERATURE. This list is for high/middle brow literature, short stories, and poetry..."
I'm just saying you've created lists for the past few years with a range of books and all of a sudden you only want certain types

King of the Dancehall is on your list but others are considered too low brow.


message 11: by Addy (last edited May 16, 2018 07:19PM) (new)

Addy Divena wrote: "Addy wrote: "Divena wrote: "Addy wrote: "I've also updated the description so that peopleunderstand this list is NOT FOR CHICK LITERATURE. This list is for high/middle brow literature, short storie..."

I think you should review those previous lists, they did not have a large concentration of chick lit or cozy mysteries. Maybe or or two, but not 7 going on 10+.

When the list starts to increasingly become what the list was never intended to be, then yes, I will crack down. This list is for people that want to read literature. Literature is an art form that requires skill unlike low-brow books. It's also a way to keep tabs of the industry. It's hard to do that when people add books that break the rules.

As for the content showing suffering, some of the best books of all time depict human suffering. Like Their Eyes Were Watching God. Dealing with intense subjects and emotions is kind of what literature does. The point of literature is to help the reader reflect and grow that makes them a better person. But as you said, these lists do have different genres so please feel free to skip books are too intense. We have science fiction, mystery, and fantasy on these lists. There are even other lists that have exactly what you're looking for so I fail to see why you're so fixated on a few lists out of thousands. Especially since you can create your own. Which I see you have.

Considering King of Dancehall: I didn't vote for the book and didn't even see it on the list. I'm not familiar with the book or the film it's based off. And I wouldn't remove a book with no indication that it's low brow. There are no shelves or even a book description that give me any clues which I often use in determining whether a book can stay on this list. But since it is low brow, it will be removed. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.


message 12: by Addy (new)

Addy American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson has been removed because it's been pushed back to 2019.


message 13: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Wilkinson Addy wrote: "American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson has been removed because it's been pushed back to 2019."

True! But this is an excellent list and I hope you will consider putting my book on the 2019 version.


message 14: by Addy (new)

Addy Lauren wrote: "Addy wrote: "American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson has been removed because it's been pushed back to 2019."

True! But this is an excellent list and I hope you will consider putting my book on the 2019 ..."


I will, I promise. I can't wait to read it, sounds like a great book!


message 15: by Addy (new)

Addy Theory by Dionne Brand ha been removed because it wasn't published in the US.


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