it's a good week to buy books by Black authors

and i'll be on a panel this week

This week is #BlackoutBestsellersList. We are asked to buy two books by Black writers this week, before June 20 to demonstrate #BlackPublishingPower.

Here are some books I recommend:

  • Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals, Saidiya Hartman

  • How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community, Mia Birdsong

  • You Should See Me in a Crown, Leah Johnson

  • A Song Below Water, Bethany C. Morrow

  • The Vanishing Half, Brit Bennett

  • Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi

  • All Boys Aren't Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto, George M Johnson

  • Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights, Mikki Kendall and A D'Amico

  • Felix Ever After, Kacen Callender

  • Hood Feminism, Mikki Kendall

  • How We Fight for Our Lives, Saeed Jones

  • Here For It, R Eric Thomas

  • The Proposal, Jasmine Guillory

  • Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity, C. Riley Snorton

  • Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston, Howard Bryant

Consider buying these books from your local Black-owned shop or Bookshop.org, which benefits indie bookstores!

Speaking of Books, I’ll Be on a Panel About One

Thursday night at 7 pm, join me for a conversation with Dave Zirin and Sasha Abramsky to discuss Abramsky’s forthcoming book, Little Wonder: The Fabulous Story of Lottie Dod, the World’s First Female Sports Superstar. The panel is hosted by Silver Unicorn Books. Register here.

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