#ReadingBlackout: New York Public Library

It’s Black History Month! To celebrate, many readers are declaring a #ReadingBlackout—reading only books by Black authors for the month.


(The hashtag reportedly originated with BookTuber Denise D. Cooper, who’s reading only Black authors for a full year.) So the New York Public Library picked out one book by and/or about African Americans to recommend for each day of February.

To celebrate Black History Month, join the NYPL and many readers who are declaring a #ReadingBlackout—reading only books by Black authors for the month.

Black authors wrote some of our favorite works in the literary canon, but we wanted to make this list contemporary—all books published within the last five years—and offer up some books for readers of every age. We also included a range of nonfiction, memoir, literary fiction, and genre fiction (with science-fiction, romance, graphic novels, and more) to properly showcase the diversity of African American authors writing today.

Read on for the full list of books for #ReadingBlackOut on New York Public Library.

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