The power of a good book may be underestimated by some who have never experienced a break from reality in the comforting pages of a novel. Fictional novels and short stories have the endless creative abilities presented in television or film but are not restricted by visual presentations on screen.
Although legendary literary titans and fresh talent have produced landmark work across all genres and forms of writing, for Black authors the publishing industry presents similar racism and discrimination found elsewhere. In June 2020, PBS reported the hashtag #PublishingPaidMe exposed the wide pay gap between Black authors and their non-Black counterparts.
One way to support Black authors is by reading their work, whether purchased at a bookstore or borrowed from your local library. Whether you are inclined to reading juicy romance novels or prefer historically base suspenseful tales, below are 15 contemporary fictional works to consider adding to your reading list. The books selected provide a range of brilliant storytelling from a diverse set of authors who all use their gifts to transport readers to different moments across time.