Black History Month gives us 28 days to honor African Americans and the ever-expanding contributions they make to culture. Literature in particular has been a space for black authors to tell their stories authentically, and bookworms seeking good reads can choose from an array of fiction, poetry, historical texts, essays, and memoirs. From literary icons to fresh, buzzworthy talent, we're highlighting 25 books by African-American authors you should add to your reading list today. Octavia Butler's Kindred is one of a string of novels she penned centering black female protagonists, which was unprecedented in a white-male dominated science and speculative fiction space.
Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and download free character development worksheets! Walter Mosley is known for iconic characters.
From Easy Rawlins to Leonid McGill and Fearless Jones, his heroes quickly come to life on the page in a way that draws interest and empathy from readers. Their personalities are so distinct that legions of fans line up to buy his books, eager to devour a new mystery through the evolving lens of their favorite sleuth.
In a conversation with WD, he reflects on the passion and craft that inform his bestselling novels. Devil in a Blue Dress was published almost three decades ago. How do you think your writing or your writing process has changed since that first book?
That piece looks like you could pick it up off the canvas and eat it. It looks that real. He has more feeling to it. When you feel what was behind the drawing even.
Craft just makes good sentences. How do you manage to achieve that level of characterization so quickly into a novel?
I think you have to know your character intimately. The other thing about it is this: And maybe the last also. The writer has written a whole book and then has come back to that chapter with all this knowledge that they have from the whole book, and brings that to bear.
So even though it feels kind of like, well, he did this in the first two chapters or three chapters— really it took a whole book to be able to do that in the first two or three chapters.
How thoroughly do you outline a book prior to beginning, and do you layer in clues and foreshadowing as you go along? Well, I think that those are two choices, but there are others also. Like, for instance, you might unconsciously put something in there.
So I mean, there are a lot of ways. I outline the story. I discover that in my rewriting. What role does setting play for you in bringing a story to life?
All of it is in description. Honestly, I write well about New York, but I still am not quite sure of the names of the streets that intersect with my street. How long would it take you to describe that scene?
And the truth is, if you did it exhaustively, it would be thousands of pages. Because there are so many things happening, so many different elements. In a completely pristine, uninteresting, unmoving room.Want to write a thriller, but stuck on the beginning?
Novelist Daniel Palmer uses his own experience and that of his father (bestseller Michael Palmer) and lays out the essentials to get you on your way. Devil in a Blue Dress is a hardboiled mystery novel by Walter Mosley, his first published book.
The text centers on the main character, Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins, and his transformation from a day laborer into a detective. Jango is about making online music social, fun and simple.
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