The ZORA Canon: The 100 greatest books ever written by African American women

The ZORA Canon is our list of the 100 greatest books written by African-American women spanning 160 years, from 1859 to the present.

Our intention is to offer ZORA readers an opportunity to explore our shared cultural and literary history, connect with others in the ZORA community, and simply have fun. We hope you enjoy them.

A note from ZORA's editors: Please help us honor this list by refraining from adding additional books. Thank you!
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