10 Best Black Novelists And Fiction Writers You Should Read 

The debut author's novel, February's “Black Sunday,” was well-received by critics.

Tola Rotimi Abraham

“Things Fall Apart,” by the late Nigerian-born novelist, poet and professor, is considered a masterpiece of African literature and earned global acclaim.

Chinua Achebe

The Nigerian author’s debut novel, “Stay With Me,” was considered one of the best of 2017.

Ayộbámi Adebáyộ

The writer and MacArthur Genius Grant winner has written three award-winning novels, “Purple Hibiscus,” “Half of a Yellow Sun” and “Americanah,” as well as a book of short stories, “The Things Around Your Neck.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, the author’s debut, “Friday Black,” a collection of satirical stories about what it's like to be young and Black in America, was the winner of the 2019 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

The Nigerian author’s debut collection of short stories, 2008’s “Say You’re One of Them” was an Oprah's Book Club pick. 

Uwem Akpan

“Queen Sugar,” Baszile's 2014 novel, was adapted as a series by Ava DuVernay for OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s television network, in 2016.

Natalie Baszile

“The Sellout,” a satire about race in America, won Beatty both the National Books Circle Award and, in 2016, the Booker Prize, making Beatty the first American writer to win the coveted award.

Paul Beatty

Briscoe became a best-selling author with the publication of her first novel, 1994's “Sisters and Lovers,” about three sisters living just outside Washington, D.C., wishing their life was different.

Kalisha Buckhanon

His debut book, “Everywhere You Don’t Belong,” a coming-of-age story about a young Black man trying to find his place in the world growing up in Chicago’s South Side, has been critically well-received.

Gabriel Bump