Books by Black Authors

Books by Black Authors
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By M. NourbeSe Philip

Blank is a collection of previously out-of-print essays and new works by one of Canada's most important writers and thinkers.

Through an engagement with her earlier work, M. NourbeSe Philip comes to realize the existence of a repetition in the world: the return of something ... Read more


By Rinaldo Walcott & Idil Abdillahi

What does it mean in the era of Black Lives Matter to continue to ignore and deny the violence that is the foundation of the Canadian nation state? BlackLife discloses the ongoing destruction of Black people as enacted not simply by state structures, but beneath them in the ... Read more

Exile Blues

By Douglas Gary Joseph Freeman

When Preston Downs, Jr. , alias Prez, slides down the emergency chute onto the frozen tarmac at the Montreal airport, little does he know that returning home to Washington D. C. or to his adopted city, Chicago, would now be impossible. Events had sped by after a dust-up with ... Read more

Shut Up You're Pretty

By Téa Mutonji

Finalist, Rogers Writers' Trust of Canada Fiction Prize; Finalist, Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction; a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

In Tea Mutonji's disarming debut story collection, a woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage ... Read more

Youth of God, The

By Hassan Ghedi Santur

Finalist for the Pius Adesanmi Memorial Award for Excellence in African Writing, 2019The Youth of God tells the story of Nuur, a sensitive and academically gifted seventeen-year-old boy growing up in Toronto's Somali neighbourhood, as he negotiates perilously between the calling ... Read more

How She Read

By Chantal Gibson

HOW SHE READ is a collection of genre-blurring poems about the representation of Black women, their hearts, minds and bodies, across the Canadian cultural imagination. Drawing from grade-school vocabulary spellers, literature, history, art, media and pop culture, Chantal Gibson's ... Read more

Black Notes

By Althea Prince

This collection contains stories and poems written by 12 Black women; it is serendipitous that their voices blend seamlessly, and beautifully, even though the writers are intergenerational. The storytelling crosses local, national, and international cultural sensibilities, giving ... Read more

This Book Betrays My Brother

By Kagiso Lesego Molope

Winner of the Ottawa Book Award, English Fiction, 2019Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2018Named to the Globe 100, 2018CBC Books, Top YA Pick for 2018Named to Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2018Named to Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best Books, 2018What does ... Read more

In the Black

By B. Denham Jolly

Winner of the 2017 Toronto Book Award

A remarkable memoir about achieving prosperity in the face of relentless prejudice

In the Black traces B. Denham Jolly’s personal and professional struggle for a place in a country where Black Canadians have faced systematic discrimination. ... Read more

Live from the Afrikan Resistance!

By El Jones


Live from the Afrikan Resistance! is the first collection of spoken word poetry by Halifax’s fifth Poet Laureate, El Jones. These poems speak of community and struggle. They are grounded in the political culture of African Nova Scotia and inherit the styles and substances ... Read more