Word Up! Discover the best in black fiction & poetry

In Miscellaneous on September 26, 2012 at 8:23 am

Brent Libraries invite you to celebrate & discover Black History Month, during October 2012.

We have collected some of the most influential writers and books whose writing reflects the social issues and lifestyles of modern day multicultural Britain and the United States. Remember all books can be reserved for free from us.

Popularly known as Chinua Achebe is a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. Best know for his novel ‘Things Fall Apart’ the most widely read book in African literature.

  • Chiamanda Ngozi Adichie
    One of the most high profile contemporary writers and winner of the orange prize for ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ in 2007, she is said to have attracted a new audience to African writing.
  • John Agard
    An Afro-Guyanese playwright, poet and children’s writer, now living in the United Kingdom, John Agard has been a recipient of the Smarties Prize for ‘We Animals Would Like A Word With You’.
  • Maya Angelou
    Is an American author and poet. She has published six volumes of autobiographies, beginning with ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’, five books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years.
  • James Baldwin
    James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. He is best known for his novel ‘Go Tell It On The Mountain’ published in 1953.
  • Malorie Blackman
    Is an English author of literature and television drama for children and young adults. Her critically and popularly acclaimed ‘Noughts & Crosses’ series uses the setting of a fictional dystopia to explore racism.
  • Mike Gayle
    Is the author of popular fiction bestsellers such as ‘My Legendary Girlfried’ and ‘Mr Commitment’. He also works as a freelance journalist and was once a magazine agony uncle. He lives in Birmingham.
  • Dorothy Koomson
    Is a contemporary English novelist. Koomson has two degrees in Psychology and Journalism when she graduated from Leeds University. Her third novel ‘My Best Friends Girl’ was one of the first runaway successes of the Richard & Judy Book Club.
  • Andrea Levy
    Is a British author, born in London to Jamaican parents who sailed to England on the Empire Windrush in 1948. Levy’s most acclaimed book so far ‘Small Island’ won the Whitbread Book of the Year, The Orange Prize and The Commonwealth Writers Prize.
  • Terry McMillan
    Is an American author. Her interest in books comes from working at a library when she was sixteen. She received her BA in journalism in 1986 at University of California, Berkeley. Her best know book is ‘Waiting To Exhale’
  • Dreda Say Mitchell
    Is a novelist, broadcaster, journalist and freelance education consultant. She is the author of five novels, with her debut ‘Running Hot’ awarded The CWA’s John Creasey Dagger for best first time crime novel in 2005.
  • Toni Morrison
    Is an American novelist, editor, and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. One of her best known novels is ‘Beloved’.
  • Couritta Newland
    Newland grew up in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, where he became a rapper and music producer who, together with friends, released a Drum n’ Bass white label. In 1997 he published his first novel, ‘The Scholar’.
  • Ben Okri
    Is a Nigerian poet and novelist. Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions and has been compared favourably with authors such as Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez. ‘Famished Road’ won the Booker prize in 1991
  • Zadie Smith
    Is a British novelist. As of 2012, she has published four novels, all of which have received substantial critical praise. In 2003, she was included on Granta’s list of 20 best young authors. Orange Prize Winning ‘White Teeth’ was included in Time magazines 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005 list.
  • Alex Wheatle
    Alex Alphonso Wheatle MBE is an award winning black British novelist of Jamaican heritage, sentenced to a term of imprisonment after the Brixton riots. Wheatle spent much of his childhood in a Surrey children’s home. Wheatle’s debut novel, ‘Brixton Rock’, was adapted for the stage and performed at the Young Vic in July 2010. A personal favourite of  Brent Libraries!
  • Alice Walker
    Alice Malsenior Walker is an American author, poet, and activist. She has written both fiction and essays about race and gender. She is best known for the critically acclaimed novel ‘The Color Purple’ for which she won the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Benjamin Zephania
    Benjamin Obadiah Iqbal Zephaniah is an English writer and dub poet. He is a well-known figure in contemporary English literature, and was included in The Times list of Britain’s top 50 post-war writers in 2008.

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