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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.

Addis Ababa Noir: A dark, gritty collection of short stories set in the shadow of the city

Boasting fourteen dark, gripping tales, Addis Ababa Noir, an Akashic Books anthology reissued by Cassava Republic Press, comprises the work of some of Ethiopia’s most talented writers. These stories draw you to the side of a city that is filled with greed, power, death, and despair.

Prolific romance author Alyssa Cole delivers a chilling thriller about gentrification

When No One is Watching is said to conversate with the likes of Get Out. A psychological thriller about gentrification, the comparison is at its strongest once readers understand they’re being asphyxiated in the protagonist’s psyche as forcefully as Black residents are being plucked out of Gifford Place.

"I am not a planner": A conversation with Chibundu Onuzo

We talked about her relationship to writing as a profession, what it’s like for a non-planner to fashion a novel out of a PhD, and how Sankofa relates to the cultural coordinates that orient it in modern-day Ghana.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

bigblackbooks puts out reviews, interviews, essays, lists, and more on a new genre category every month. So far, we’ve covered genres like memoir and coming-of-age

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