Celebrating Black authors this World Book Day 2024

Key details

Date: 7th Mar 2024

Type: News

As readers, we constantly seek stories that resonate, challenge, and inspire us. For world book day 2024, we’ve curated a list of compelling books that showcase the talent and diversity within the Black literary community. From intimate memoirs to thought-provoking fiction, these books promise to enrich your reading journey and allow you to resonate & celebrate with these authors.

“Becoming” by Michelle Obama

Delve into the intimate memoir of Michelle Obama, the former First Lady of the United States. As the bestselling book of 2018, “Becoming” offers a candid exploration of Obama’s life before and after her tenure in the White House, providing insight into her marriage and personal journey.


“Somebody’s Daughter” by Ashley C. Ford

Ashley C. Ford’s poignant memoir delves into her coming-of-age story in Indiana, navigating the complexities of growing up with a father in prison. This New York Times bestseller offers a raw and honest portrayal of family, resilience, and self-discovery.


“The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois” by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers crafts a powerful debut novel that traces the history of Black and Indigenous people in the South through the eyes of protagonist Ailey Pearl Garfield. This Oprah’s Book Club pick immerses readers in a sweeping narrative that explores themes of identity, heritage, and the pursuit of freedom.


“We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Drawing from her acclaimed TEDx Talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie articulates the importance of feminism in the 21st century. Through personal anecdotes and astute observations, Adichie advocates for gender equality, challenging readers to reconsider their understanding of feminism.


“Finding Me” by Viola Davis

Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony-winning entertainer Viola Davis shares her remarkable journey from poverty and trauma to artistic success in this empowering memoir. “Finding Me” is a testament to resilience and self-discovery, offering readers an intimate glimpse into Davis’s extraordinary life.


“Sister Outsider” by Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde’s seminal collection of essays and speeches explores themes of intersectionality, activism, and identity. “Sister Outsider” remains a timeless and influential work, challenging readers to confront issues of ageism, racism, homophobia, and class.


“Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo

Bernardine Evaristo weaves together the interconnected stories of twelve Black British women in this compelling novel. From a lesbian theatre director to a young actress reflecting on her struggles, “Girl, Woman, Other” celebrates the diversity and resilience of Black women’s experiences.


“Queenie” by Candice Carty-Williams

Candice Carty-Williams’ debut novel follows the journey of Queenie, a young woman navigating love, loss, and self-discovery in contemporary London. With wit and warmth, “Queenie” explores themes of race, mental health, and the complexities of modern relationships.


“Such a Fun Age” by Kiley Reid

Kiley Reid’s thought-provoking novel explores race, privilege, and power dynamics through the lens of a young Black woman wrongly accused of kidnapping. “Such a Fun Age” is a compelling narrative that challenges readers to confront their assumptions and biases.


“The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ mesmerising novel follows the journey of Hiram Walker, a young man with a mysterious power who embarks on a quest for freedom. Set against the backdrop of the antebellum South, “The Water Dancer” is a gripping tale of courage, resilience, and the pursuit of justice


As we celebrate World Book Day and embrace the joy of reading, let us also recognise the importance of celebrating diverse voices in literature. The works of these talented Black authors offer a rich tapestry of experiences, perspectives, and stories that enrich our understanding of the world and ignite our imagination.

So, let’s continue to celebrate and uplift different voices and narratives, not just on World Book Day, but every day, as we strive to build a more inclusive literary community.

Happy reading!