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Hard Talk

From the Editor: On Having Difficult Conversations

From the Editor: On Having Difficult Conversations

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Reading Mothers

From the Editor: On the Literary Heritage of Mothers

For many of us, we were first introduced to books by our mothers. Whether colourful illustrated bedtime reading or cherished paperbacks passed down with love, mothers have an important on what kinds of readers their children grow up to be. In many ways, Books Africana aims to be a resource for mothers (and fathers) – […]

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The Five Minute Book Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Each week we give you a quick intro into the week's most talked about book.

A quick introduction to the week’s most talked about book.

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Love Stories

From the Editor: On Loving Ourselves and Each Other

All stories are love stories. In a great story, that most fundamental of human emotions plays at many different levels. Black Panther is a great example of this, it is a story about love of country, love of family, love of justice as well as romantic love. Even the darkest story with a self absorbed […]

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Black Love: 11 Books that would make a perfect Valentine's (or Galentine's) read

Our weekly reading list is all about love this week

Jazz by Toni Morrison Summary: A passionate novel set in New York City during the Jazz Age. Jazz is a novel dominated by love, grief, and offers a perceptive account of black urban life. During the winter of 1926, a middle-aged man named Joe shoots and kills his teenage mistress. Joe’s wife gets her revenge [...]

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Introducing... Malorie Blackman

The fifth edition of our regular series of articles introducing the life and work of a great black writer.

“What strikes me as a brilliant book is a book that I totally get lost in when I’m reading it. I absolutely believe in the characters. I feel as they feel. So, when they’re hurting, I’m hurting. When they’re happy, I’m happy. And I just get lost in it. So, for me, when I’m writing, […]

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Read the World: 10 Novels by writers from Chicago

We have a saying at Books Africana HQ, if you can't travel, travel by book.

Chicago has a strong black literary tradition. Most notably, the writers of the Chicago Black Renaissance made a rich and powerful contribution to the literary canon. Their work tackled important issues of race and identity interpreting and contributing to the changes taking place amidst the racial tensions and booming economy of the post-war period. The […]

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Super Black

From the Editor: On Black Storytelling and Black Panther

From the Editor: On Black Storytelling and Black Panther

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Introducing...Claude McKay

The fourth edition of our regular series of articles introducing the life and work of a great black writer.

Adventure-seasoned and storm-buffeted, I shun all signs of anchorage, because The zest of life exceeds the bound of laws. –  Excerpt from  poem entitled One Year After by Claude McKay These lines from one of his poems could almost be Claude McKay’s life motto. Born in Sunny Ville,  Jamaica to a mother of Madagascan descent and a […]

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The Five Minute Book Review: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Each week we give you a quick intro into the week's most talked about book.

Each week we give you a quick intro into the week’s most talked about book.

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