February is Black History Month. Let’s celebrate with books by African-American authors. Below are a few places on the web that promote the works of authors from all corners of the African diaspora.
QBR: The Black Book Review is a national book review “exclusively dedicated to books about the African experience.” Find reviews of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children’s books. Also look here for works by African writers and writers from the Caribbean.
The mission of the African American Literature Book Club, or AALBC, is “to promote the diverse spectrum of literature written by, or about, people of African descent by helping readers find the books and authors they will enjoy.” Not only will readers find book reviews and author profiles, they will also find film reviews and resources for writers.
Do you love genre fiction but sometimes struggle find a mystery, fantasy, or other genre story with a believable African-American as the main character? Don’t worry, help is here.
If you’re interested in fantasy or science fiction, check out Black Girl Magic, a new literary magazine “created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority voices and characters in speculative fiction, especially Black women’s voices.” The first issue is now available on a variety of eReader devices including Kindle, iPad, iPhone, and Android devices like Nook and Kobo.
Mocha Girl Jess recently introduced me to the podcast Girl, Have You Read… (Thanks, Jess.) Girl, Have You Read… is also a website that focuses on the romance genre and aims to “bring black authors to the forefront.” One of the great things about this site is that it highlights different types of romance novels. Whether you like contemporary romance, erotica, urban, suspense, historical or chick lit, you will likely something that will tickle your fancy on this website.
If you love mysteries like I do try Myst Noir: African-American Mysteries. Author and mystery writer Angela Henry celebrates mysteries written by African-Americans and/or featuring African-American sleuths. Discover new books and authors and find news from the mystery section of the book world.