African-American Authors

This reading guide is an sampling of African-American authors writing in a range of different genres and styles.

Angelou, Maya—fiction, memoirs

Baldwin, James—fiction, essays

Barnes, Steven—Science fiction

Beatty, Paul—fiction

Butler, Octavia– science fiction

Carter, Stephen L.—fiction

Cleage, Pearl—fiction

Danticat, Edwidge, fiction, memoirs

Dickey, Eric Jerome—fiction

Diggs, Anita Doreen—fiction

Due, Tananarive—thriller, horror

Dyson, Michael Eric—nonfiction

Ellison, Ralph—fiction

Gaines, Ernest—fiction, essays

Haley, Alex—fiction, memoirs

Harris, E. Lynn—fiction

Hughes, Langston—poetry, essays, fiction

Hurston, Zora Neale—fiction, short stories

Jackson, Brenda—romantic fiction

Jones, Edward P.—fiction, short stories

Jones, Tayari—fiction

Kincaid, Jamaica—fiction, memoirs

Jakes, T.D.—inspirational nonfiction

Massey, Brandon—suspense

McBride, James—fiction, memoirs

McCall, Nathan—fiction

McMillan, Terry—fiction

Monroe, Mary—fiction

Morrison, Mary B.—fiction

Mosely, Walter—fiction, mysteries, science fiction, nonfiction

Neff, Heather – fiction

Obama, Barack—nonfiction, memoirs

Smith, Zadie—fiction

Turner, Nikki – fiction

Tyree, Omar—fiction

Walker, Alice—fiction, nonfiction

Wesley, Valerie Wilson—fiction, mysteries

Whitehead, Colson—fiction

Woods, Terri – fiction

Wright, Richard—fiction

Zane – fiction