Forthcoming Books for 2020 by African-Americans

The adult literary list for books scheduled for US publication in 2020 for those that seek to read stories from a african-american point of view. African-Americans only please. No hood lit, urban lit, erotica, chick lit, romance, ebooks, or self-published. Novels, short stories, and poetry only. English titles only.

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message 1: by Addy (last edited Aug 11, 2019 09:16AM) (new)

Addy I'm removing Afia Atakora because I don't believe she is an African-American. Her surname is Togoian and she was born in the UK. Until I can confirm she is half African-American at least, I think it's best to have her removed.


message 2: by Addy (new)

Addy These Ghosts Are Family: A Novel by Maisy Card has been removed because she is not African-American. She is Jamaican-American.


message 3: by Addy (new)

Addy Suga Hill: A Love Jones Kinda Tale by Tamika Newhouse has been removed because it was published in 2019 and it's an ebook. Only physical copies of books published in 2020 are allowed on this list.


message 4: by Addy (new)

Addy I removed the ebook version of Master of Poisons by Andrea Hairston and replaced it with the hardcover version.


message 5: by Addy (new)

Addy Selfish: Permission to Pause, Live, Love and Laugh Your Way to Joy by Naketa Ren Thigpen has been removed because it's an nonficiton ebook.


message 6: by Addy (new)

Addy We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride has been moved to the 2021 list.


message 7: by Addy (new)

Addy The Fae & The Fallen by Brittni Chenelle has been removed because the book is self published. No self published books.


message 8: by Addy (new)

Addy Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora by Zelda Knight has been removed because the book is an ebook. No ebooks allowed on the list.


message 9: by Addy (new)

Addy Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democrat Plantation by Candace Owens has been removed because the book is political nonfiction and the author is not African-American. This book is only for novels, short stories, and poetry books. This list is also only for African-Americans. Ms. Owens is Caribbean-American.


message 10: by Katia (new)

Katia Reed Hello, I accidentally added a book to this list. Its called The Foretold Story Book 1: Part 1 by Katia R. V. Reed. I was trying to see if I can remove it but I can't find it. If you see it, can you remove it? Sorry for the inconvenience.


message 11: by Addy (new)

Addy ^^^ That's okay. I couldn't find it so it must have already been removed by the system.

****

The Rib King: A Novel by Ladee Hubbard has been moved to the 2021 list.


message 12: by Marilynn (last edited Jun 24, 2020 11:13AM) (new)

Marilynn Arnold Addy wrote: "These Ghosts Are Family: A Novel by Maisy Card has been removed because she is not African-American. She is Jamaican-American."

How did Black people get to Jamaica? I wonder where they came from? Who was that fine "property owner/businessman" that taught us the definition of us? What's the definition of discrimination? African American counts, but African - anything else doesn't? Seriously, it's just geography. Our ship landed in the USA, but No Way are we reading anything by those who got dragged off the ship along the way? We are a brainwashed group of people. Mental slavery is real. George Bush gave the world this quote: "I am the decider." I question goodreads' decider(s).


message 13: by Addy (last edited Jun 25, 2020 09:47AM) (new)

Addy Marilynn wrote: "Addy wrote: "These Ghosts Are Family: A Novel by Maisy Card has been removed because she is not African-American. She is Jamaican-American."

How did Black people get to Jamaica? I wonder where the..."

If you don't like the list, leave. There are plenty of lists that celebrate ALL black people no matter where they come from, this isn't the list for that. There is nothing wrong with African-Americans having their own list and your disagreement won't change that. I will continue to make this list year after year so you might as well move on.


message 14: by Addy (new)

Addy An American Marriage by Tayari Jones has been removed because it was not published in 2020.


message 15: by Addy (last edited Jul 03, 2020 07:26AM) (new)

Addy The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi has been removed because the author is not African-American.


message 16: by Addy (new)

Addy Memoria of a Heart: A Journey through Depression, Grief and Toxic Relationships
by Cindy J. Steward Has been removed because it's non-fiction. The only non-fiction allowed is poetry.

The Making of A Boss by Chelley Roy has been removed because it's self-published.


message 17: by Addy (last edited Jul 23, 2020 06:49AM) (new)

Addy Lakewood by Megan Giddings is removed because the author is biracial. I was unaware.

Proof (from 2013):

"just like it’s important to me as a biracial person to see people like me getting to live on the page. I remember the first time I read On Beauty by Zadie Smith and it was the first time I’d read fiction—to be fair I wasn’t very old—that had people coming from a mixed race background who didn’t just feel like symbols/themes, but felt complicated and real. "

source: http://www.smokelong.com/smoking-with...

***

It's interesting, because in a recent interview she now seems to identify as black (from this year):

"In a lot of my job situations, I have to navigate very stressful things for not enough money, but I also have to navigate often being a Black person in very white spaces and all of the stress and additional exhaustion that can come from being in situations where people don’t want to hear or realize that their behavior is making me unsafe or making it harder for me to do my job."

source: https://pen.org/the-pen-pod-megan-gid...

***
So yeah, she can identify as she wants, but this list is for actual Black people. Not mixed race people who identify as black. Removed.


message 18: by Addy (new)

Addy Get a Life, Chloe Brown (The Brown Sisters #1) by Talia Hibbert
Take a Hint, Dani Brown (The Brown Sisters #2) by Talia Hibbert

These books have been removed because they are chick lit. No chick lit.


message 19: by Jeremiah (new)

Jeremiah Cobra I’m guessing that I can’t add my own book, right?


message 20: by Addy (new)

Addy Jeremiah wrote: "I’m guessing that I can’t add my own book, right?"
As long as you are African-American (as in you can trace your lineage back to slavery in the United States of America), you are black, it's literature (or poetry), and your book has been published by a publishing house as no self publish books are allowed. Then yes, you may place your book on the list.


message 24: by Addy (last edited Sep 03, 2020 04:57PM) (new)

Addy Randy wrote: "Hell In The Pulpit: A Dysfunctional First Family"

Randy wrote: "BITTERSWEET"

Randy wrote: "After The Pain"

No, these books are not literature.


message 25: by Triz (new)

Triz i love this list


message 26: by Addy (new)

Addy Triz wrote: "i love this list"

Thanks!


message 27: by Addy (new)

Addy Blinking What by Ladee Hubbard has been removed as it's been pushed back to 2022. It will be added to the 2022 list when created.


message 28: by Addy (new)

Addy A Cry to War by E.O. Odiase and A Dance for The Gods by E.O. Odiase has been removed because the author is not African-American. Please only place African-American authors on the list.


message 29: by Ernie (new)

Ernie Brill Addy wrote: "The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi has been removed because the author is not African-American."
if
the removal of books by African and Caribbean writers is so ridiculous so antiinternationalist an antiglobalist it makes me stomach churn as ii I had swallowed fifty cockroaches. This is 2020; the people have decided otherwise are living in some other time. Too bad. I wonder if they have any idea what they are missing?


message 30: by Kathrin (new)

Kathrin Hutson Hi! I was just looking through the lists my upcoming novel is in (The Witching Vault) and found it in this list.

I don't know why it was added to this list, as I am not an African American author. Don't get me wrong - I'm thrilled to have my work in the same space as all these other amazing pieces by POC authors, but obviously, this list is a space to showcase THOSE works, not mine. I'm so sorry that whoever added my book here either did not take the time to read what the list is for or just didn't care.

Can someone please remove my book from this list so this space remains an accurate, respectful reflection of upcoming books by African American authors? The authors and pieces here deserve that much (at the very least).

Thank you.


message 31: by Miriam (new)

Miriam Kathrin wrote: "Hi! I was just looking through the lists my upcoming novel is in (The Witching Vault) and found it in this list.

I don't know why it was added to this list, as I am not an African American author..."


Removed


message 32: by Ernie (new)

Ernie Brill I guess this is a case where Goodreads went colorblind and cannot tell which witch is witch which might make one wonder witch witch is genuine without having to the national resource center which I believe is located in Ipswich, Massachusetts or Dunwitch, England which is far but at least going there one has a sense of completion in that it is all donewhich makes one feel all the ts have been crossed, all the is doteed, and now time is slotted for something new. Good night and good luck.


message 33: by Addy (new)

Addy Ernie wrote: "Addy wrote: "The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi has been removed because the author is not African-American."
if
the removal of books by African and Caribbean writers is so ridiculous so anti..."


I don't care what this list is to you or how you feel. There is nothing wrong with this list, I'm proud of this list, and I'm not going to change it because you (who are you??). Do you have this same energy for lists what exclude African-Americans? There are lists for ALL black people as well, why not go there and have a good time? No one owes anyone anything. Move along.


message 34: by Ernie (new)

Ernie Brill I was SAYING that I thought the removal of Emezi's work was ridiculous. and who am I? I am the author of I Looked Over Jordan and Other Stories, exploring racism and class in US big city hospitals. I was heavilly involved in the historic San Francisco State College Strike Against Racism from 11/8/68-3/21/69 that won the countrys first Dept of Black Studies and an entire School of Ethnic Studies. We celebrated our 50th anniversary last year with panels, cultural events and many speakers.
I also taught high school for twenty three years and helped pioneer the addition of writers of color both from the US and the globe including Africa. I have fought many many battles about the travesty of the white canon, white reading lists and the reluctance and downright refusals of some white teachers to use novels and poetry by many black writers in our classrooms. I have had many successes and wish to share them with people. I can send an extensive reiading list from Dunbar to Evie Shockley to a anyone who wishes one, along with lists of fiction and poetry by Asian American, Latinox American, Native American, Palestinians, African, Latin American, Asian, and Middle Eastern. ive been at this a long RICH time.


message 35: by Ernie (new)

Ernie Brill I was SAYING that I thought the removal of Emezi's work was ridiculous. and who am I? I am the author of I Looked Over Jordan and Other Stories, exploring racism and class in US big city hospitals. I was heavilly involved in the historic San Francisco State College Strike Against Racism from 11/8/68-3/21/69 that won the countrys first Dept of Black Studies and an entire School of Ethnic Studies. We celebrated our 50th anniversary last year with panels, cultural events and many speakers.
I also taught high school for twenty three years and helped pioneer the addition of writers of color both from the US and the globe including Africa. I have fought many many battles about the travesty of the white canon, white reading lists and the reluctance and downright refusals of some white teachers to use novels and poetry by many black writers in our classrooms. I have had many successes and wish to share them with people. I can send an extensive reiading list from Dunbar to Evie Shockley to a anyone who wishes one, along with lists of fiction and poetry by Asian American, Latinox American, Native American, Palestinians, African, Latin American, Asian, and Middle Eastern. ive been at this a long RICH time.


message 36: by Ernie (new)

Ernie Brill Ernie wrote: "I was SAYING that I thought the removal of Emezi's work was ridiculous. and who am I? I am the author of I Looked Over Jordan and Other Stories, exploring racism and class in US big city hospitals...."


message 37: by Ernie (new)

Ernie Brill In other words, we are on the same side.


message 38: by Ernie (new)

Ernie Brill In other words, we are on the same side.


message 39: by Ernie (new)

Ernie Brill In other words, we are on the same side.


message 40: by Ernie (new)

Ernie Brill In other words, we are on the same side.


message 41: by Addy (last edited Nov 03, 2020 11:06AM) (new)

Addy Ernie wrote: "In other words, we are on the same side."
Being on the same side doesn't mean YOU CAN ENCOACH ON OUR SPACES. WE HAVE DIFFERENT HISTORIES. WE ARE OUR OWN ETHNIC GROUP. WE ARE NOT THE SAME PEOPLE. WE ARE ALLOWED TO CELEBRATE US.

GET OVER IT.

Y'all NEVER DO THIS NONSENSE with Asians, Latin Americans, Native Americans, Palestinians, Africans, or Middle Eastern people. JUST AFRICAN-AMERICANS and I'm NOT going to tolerate it.

As far as I'm concern, you're a NOBODY over here. And the list isn't changing so you might as well move on. Seriously. I literally don't bother anyone and yet people are so conformable encroaching and bothering African-Americans. Go find some business nobody.


message 42: by Ernie (new)

Ernie Brill I MEANT that we are againt racism in literature. We want African American literature to be recognized as the terrific literature it is- much of the BEST American and World Literature that has ever been written. i have been championing and teaching such writers as Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, Toni Cade Bambara, Gwendoldyn Brooks, Sterling Brown, Robert Hayden, Jame Baldwin, James Alan Mcpherson, William Melvin Kelly, Alice Walkerk and others since 1963. Being on the " same side" for JUSTICE IN LITERATURE, in the teaching ,lpublicizing and distribution of it, is not the same as being the " same people." In solidarity, ernie brill.


message 43: by Addy (last edited Nov 03, 2020 02:24PM) (new)

Addy Ernie wrote: "I MEANT that we are againt racism in literature. We want African American literature to be recognized as the terrific literature it is- much of the BEST American and World Literature that has ever ..."
What does ANY OF THIS NONSENSE have to do with this list? What does it have to do with your unwanted opinion that removing non-African-American authors from this list is "ridiculous?" Who cares what you think. This list isn't about justice, inclusivity, being allies or the same side. It's just a list celebrating African-American authors.

What's not clicking? Like seriously. What is not clicking?


message 44: by Addy (new)

Addy No Heaven for Good Boys by Keisha Bush has been moved to the 2021 list.


message 45: by Addy (new)

Addy Still a Lady: Clarity, Love, and Light during a Global Pandemic by Monica El has been removed because the book is self-published. No self published books on this list.


message 46: by Addy (new)

Addy Redefining Normal by Justin Black and Alexis Black has been removed because they are non-fiction books. Nonfiction is allowed, but only if it is poetry.


message 47: by Addy (new)

Addy Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi has been removed because the author is not African-American.


message 48: by Addy (new)

Addy Ungrateful: A Novel by Kenya Nelson has been removed because it's self-published. I looked up the "publisher" and It doesn't seem to exist. Which leads me to believe it's self-published. Until I see solid proof otherwise, I'm having it removed.


message 49: by Sita (new)

Sita Ah yes because the reason i want to read a book is because of the author's race.


message 50: by Addy (new)

Addy Sita wrote: "Ah yes because the reason i want to read a book is because of the author's race."
Then don't. Plenty of others will.


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