March 9, 2009

Books of colour

Filed under: recommended reading — Rhiannon Lassiter @ 7:30 am

Events in the blogosphere have inspired me to post another list of recommendations, this is for fiction by or about people of colour.

Authors of colour

  • Octavia Butler, science-fiction author of Wildseed and the Xenogenesis series
  • Steven Barnes, science-fiction author of The Descent of Anansi, Dream Park, The Legacy of Heorot and other titles
  • Rosa Guy, author of young adult fiction including The Friends, Ruby, Edith Jackson and other titles
  • Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Remains of the Day, When We Were Orphans and Never Let Me Go
  • Mildred E. Taylor, author of the Logan family series for young adults which includes Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Let the Circle Be Unbroken, and The Road to Memphis

Books with characters of colour

  • Across Realtime, science-fiction by Vernor Vinge
  • Come a Stranger, young adult fiction by Cynthia Voigt
  • Lionboy by Zizou Corder (one half of the Zizou Corder partnership is the biracial British author Isabel Adomakoh Young)
  • The Ear, the Eye and the Arm, young adult science-fiction by Nancy Farmer
  • The Other Side of Truth by Beverly Naidoo

This list is shorter than it ought to be so please add your own recommendations. I hope to expand the list myself later this year. If you’re looking for more works by authors of colour try the following links:


  1. Hi Rhiannon, Something to cheer your morning. You have been nominated for the blogging Sisterhood Award at today, so please drop by and take a look! xx

    Comment by Lucy Coats — March 16, 2009 @ 12:31 pm

  2. Hi R

    I have been meaning to comment on this for ages and only now gotten around to it.

    You have of course recommended my favourite AOC already in Octavia Butler but I have a couple of other suggestions.

    I would like to recommend you add Toni Morrison to this list as a stunning novelist and if I may recommend poets as well then my favourite poet of colour is Jean Binta Breeze one of the founding mothers of the dub poetry movement. I have seen Jean Breeze perform twice and she is breathtaking. I am a huge fan of hers.

    I will have a think about some more authors for you to add to this post and let you know.

    I’ll be in touch soon


    Comment by Becky — March 20, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

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