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A conversation with Hari Ziyad

Bestselling author of Black Boy Out of Time and critically-acclaimed journalist talks about community care, writing, and abolition.

Chibundu Onuzo's third novel, Sankofa, comes at the right time

Following The Spider King’s Daughter and Welcome to Lagos, Sankofa tells the story of a mixed-race British woman’s search for her long-lost West African father.

Dead Dead Girls: A dark serial killer thriller set in 1920s Harlem

Dead Dead Girls is a gripping mystery set in 1920s Harlem that looks into the murder of young Black women. 

A conversation with Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

Author of the critically-acclaimed Daughters of the Stone talks about her inspirations and the power of historical fiction. 

15 Coming-of-Age Novels in English Translation

From Brazil and Haiti to Rwanda and Madagascar, travel the world via this list of 15 coming-of-age novels in English translation. 

Reviews

Bad Love by Maame Blue

Maame Blue’s astonishing debut is a tender portrait of diasporic community showcasing the resilience of love across time and space.

Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

Don’t let generic phrases like romance and black love fool you: this is a novel about photography, mental health, pain, joy, music, vulnerability, and ultimately salvation.

Deadly Sacrifice brings us the first Black female police detective in UK fiction

A unique thriller that dives deep into the world of human trafficking and African ritual sacrifices, Deadly Sacrifice is based on a true 2001 news story. 

Essays

All I want for Christmas is the death of lazy, "diversity" language

The industry’s current approach to diversity is – by its very nature – rooted in generality and therefore cultural ignorance.

The Story of Bernardine Evaristo's Girl, Woman, Other

After 40 years of writing, Bernardine Evaristo’s 8th novel – Girl, Woman, Other – proved to be her golden ticket to renown and success. 

The publishing industry cannot continue to hide its anti-Blackness behind #BlackBestseller

Readers should be asking how these Black-authored titles would be different if they were also Black-edited, Black-designed, and Black-publicised. 

Trending

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

In The Death of Vivek Oji, Akwaeke Emezi highlights the fallibility of social perception and the limits of what we think we know.

Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou

Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, Alain Mabanckou’s Black Moses zeroes in on corruption in late 1970s Congo-Brazzaville.

With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo

A girl of many actions and few words who has no patience for the classroom, Emoni’s talent is in the kitchen where she makes magic with everything she touches.

Afropean by Johny Pitts

With Afropean, Pitts leads the way in spotlighting the flavour and entangled histories of Europe’s black communities through what may be one of the most transnational studies on the subject to date, at least in the Anglophone world.

The Emperor's Babe by Bernardine Evaristo

The Emperor’s Babe is an irreverent and salacious romp that merges together tradition and contemporaneity in a startlingly unique way.

What We Do

bigblackbooks is a platform here to pay Black readers, writers, and publishers their literary dues. Our mission is to celebrate all things Afro-literary.

Every month, bigblackbooks puts out reviews, interviews, op-eds, lists, and more about a genre category. So far, we’ve covered genres like memoir and coming-of-age. This June is all about mystery.

bigblackbooks also puts out a bi-annual print magazine by emerging writers. Submissions for Issue 1 will open in September.