Title: Once Upon a Time in Afrika
Author: Balogun Ojetade
Where you can find it: http://www.amazon.com/Once-Upon-Afrika-Sword-Novel/dp/0980084237/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445846115&sr=1-1&keywords=once+upon+a+time+in+afrika
Why you should get it: Are you interested in Africa? Do you like action? Do you want your action to come from an authentic source? This book can satisfy all three of those needs. Not only does this book do our cultural heritage proper justice, but you can also trust the action is coming from lived experience. Check it out!
Author: Valjeanne Jeffers
Where you can find it: http://www.amazon.com/Immortal-Second-Valjeanne-Jeffers/dp/1441480897/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445846535&sr=1-4&keywords=immortal+valjeanne
Why you should get it: This story almost gives a Blade Runner vibe when approaching some of its more dystopic elements. But you get a sensual love story in the mix of it that you can tell is scribed by the hands of an experienced black woman. It’s an interesting mix of genres in this first of three books.
Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Where you can find it: http://www.amazon.com/Binti-Nnedi-Okorafor/dp/0765385252/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445846804&sr=1-1&keywords=binti
Why you should get it: Okorafor hits it out of the park again with this story. You have a strong, young female protagonist who is willing to take a risk. But this story is an interesting exploration of culture, what it means to defy it and the ways cultures clash when trying to communicate. An excellent space academy adventure.
Title: From Here to Timbuktu
Author: Milton Davis
Where you can find it: http://www.amazon.com/Here-Timbuktu-Milton-J-Davis/dp/0996016732/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445845811&sr=1-1&keywords=from+here+to+timbuktu
Why you should get it: Have you ever wanted to see a world where the African slaves in American rose up and carved out a land for themselves? This book gives you just that along with strong black characters, a daring adventure and enough juicy visuals to match any high budget movie.
Title: The Other Lands
Author: David Anthony Durham
Where you can find it: http://www.amazon.com/The-Other-Lands-Acacia-Trilogy/dp/0307386767
Why you should get it: Remember how I gushed about the book ACACIA on my birthday? Well, this is the sequel to that book and it’s just as strong. This book sees one of my favorite fictional characters, Corrin, fleshed out even more and given a nuance and depth that many characters in her role ever find themselves having. The artwork of what he does with this woman alone is enough to want to pick up the book.
Title: The Grostequerie
Author: Eden Royce et al.
Where you can find it: http://www.amazon.com/Grotesquerie-Eden-Royce/dp/1495409120/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1444597235&sr=1-1&keywords=the+grotesquerie
Why you should get it: This anthology is not exclusively the work of black women, but a black women is steering the ship and that’s important too. While working within our community is of course paramount, there is a wider world out there and putting ourselves into leadership positions (creating anthologies, publishing presses etc.) has to happen. So check out this book to see a black woman work!
Title: Who Fears Death
Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Where you can find it: http://www.amazon.com/Who-Fears-Death-Nnedi-Okorafor-ebook/dp/B004XFYIE2/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443991021&sr=1-1&keywords=who+fears+death
Why you should get it: I can honestly say this is book is one of the most tragic pieces of literature I have read in some time. It stays with. Leaves an emotional residue. And it taught me something terrible. I never knew what weaponized rape was or what it looked like until I read this book. This isn’t for the kids, but it’s certainly worth taking the journey to read this.
Title: Griots: Sisters of the Spear
Author: Valjeanne Jeffers, Charles Saunders, P. Djeli Clark et. al
Where you can find it: http://www.amazon.com/Griots-Sisters-Spear-Milton-Davis-ebook/dp/B00H5FV8WC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443990112&sr=1-1&keywords=griots+sisters+of+the+spear
Why you should get it: Yesterday, I just talked about a book where black people are the heroes and we’re having our own adventures. Well, this book is dedicated to black women and we all know just how strong, worthy and powerful the black woman is. So if you’re wanting to see black people uplifting and celebrating our sisters through heroic fantasy this book is for you.
Author: Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade
Where you can find it: http://www.amazon.com/Ki-Khanga-Anthology-Milton-Davis-ebook/dp/B00B2RNSQI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443989712&sr=1-1&keywords=ki-khanga
Why you should get it: Have you heard of Conan? Do you remember the icon Grace Jones moving through that movie like a hurricane? Well, this book gives you that kind of fluid, African grace because the whole novel is dedicated to building a sword slashing, spear throwing world that is just ours. A place where we can be the stars of adventures and thrive without the help of your usual “white savior” character. It’s a place where we are the heroes.
Title: Devil Entendre
Author: John Edward Lawson
Where you can find it: http://www.amazon.com/Devil-Entendre-John-Edward-Lawson-ebook/dp/B00NRTHEKK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443989242&sr=1-1&keywords=devil+entendre
Why you should get it: “Devil Entendre is a Petri dish in which the dark moments of our lives are allowed to evolve unencumbered”. That’s straight from the book blurb. If there is nothing else that makes you want to pick up this book then pick it up for the beautiful use of language. But it’s October and if you like the holiday of Halloween as much as I do then you’re probably looking for something to spook you. And this is coming from a black man so need to worry about getting killed off five seconds into the movie or still getting killed off after making every logical choice possible. Check it out.