April 2003

African American Fiction Writers: A Selected List

Novels and short stories dealing with African American life are an important part of our collection. Here's a selection of some of our favorites.

The Classics

  • Arna Bontemps
  • James Baldwin
  • Charles Chesnutt
  • W.E.B. DuBois
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Ralph Ellison
  • Langston Hughes
  • Chester Himes
  • Zora Neale Hurston
  • John Oliver Killens
  • Nella Larsen
  • Julius Lester
  • Claude McKay
  • Toni Morrison
  • Ann Petry
  • Jean Toomer
  • Dorothy West
  • Richard Wright

Gay & Lesbian

  • Donna Allegra
  • Steven Corbin
  • Melvin Dixon
  • Larry Duplechan
  • James Earl Hardy
  • E. Lynn Harris
  • Randall Kenan
  • Audre Lorde
  • Darieck Scott
  • John Alfred Williams

Historical

  • Barbara Hambly
  • Charles Johnson
  • Hiram King
  • Julius Lester
  • James McEachin
  • Toni Morrison
  • Jewel Parker Rhodes
  • Sherley Anne Williams
  • Margaret Blair Young

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

  • Steven Barnes
  • Levar Burton
  • Octavia Butler
  • Samuel R. Delany
  • Tananarive Due

Mystery & Suspense

  • Eleanor Taylor Bland
  • Charlotte Carter
  • Christopher Chambers
  • Christopher Darden
  • Nora DeLoach
  • Grace F. Edwards
  • Ardella Garland
  • Barbara Hambly
  • Gary Hardwick
  • Chester Himes
  • Hugh Holton
  • Guy Johnson
  • Norman Kelley
  • Jake Lamar
  • Lee E. Meadows
  • Penny Mickelbury
  • C.M. Miller
  • Walter Mosley
  • Barbara Neely
  • Kris Nelscott
  • Gary Phillips
  • John Ridley
  • Blair S. Walker
  • Chassie West
  • Valerie Wilson Wesley
  • Paula L. Woods

Urban Life

  • Toni Cade Bambara
  • Paul Beatty
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Stanley Crouch
  • Ricardo Cortez Cruz
  • Nelson George
  • Claude McKay
  • Willard Motley
  • Jess Mowry
  • Robert Deane Pharr
  • John Edgar Wideman
  • Al Young

Romance

  • Rochelle Alers
  • Anita Richmond Bunkley
  • Anita Carlylse
  • Francine Craft
  • Gwynne Forster
  • Carmen Green
  • Shirley Harrison
  • Donna Hill
  • Hunter Hayes
  • Brenda Jackson
  • Reon Laudat
  • Terry McMillan
  • Kayla Perrin
  • Angela Winters

Women

  • Toni Cade Bambara
  • Connie Briscoe
  • Maxine Clair
  • Pearl Cleage
  • J. California Cooper
  • Grace Edwards-Yearwood
  • Marita Golden
  • Rosa Guy
  • Marsha Hunt
  • Sheneska Jackson
  • Gayl Jones
  • Slim Lambright
  • Benilde Little
  • Andrea Lee
  • Bernice L. McFadden
  • Diane McKinney-Whetstone
  • Terry McMillan
  • Devorah Major
  • Paule Marshall
  • Louise Meriwether
  • Karen E. Quinones Miller
  • Mary Monroe
  • Gloria Naylor
  • Ann Petry
  • Connie Porter
  • Kimberla Lawson Roby
  • Lucinda Roy
  • Ntozake Shange
  • April Sinclair
  • Alice Walker
  • Shay Youngblood

Men

  • Michael Baisden
  • Eric Jerome Dickey
  • Trey Ellis
  • E. Lynn Harris
  • Brian Keith Jackson
  • Edwardo Jackson
  • Kenji Jasper
  • Marcus Major
  • C. Kelly Robinson
  • Franklin White
  • Van Whitfield

The South

  • Raymond Andrews
  • Ernest J. Gaines
  • John Oliver Killens
  • E. Eric Lincoln
  • Clarence Major
  • Albert Murray
  • Gwendolyn M. Parker

Modern Life & Relationships

  • Doris Jean Austin
  • David Bradley
  • Parry “Ebony Satin” Brown
  • Bebe Moore Campbell
  • Stephen Carter
  • Lorene Cary
  • Samuel Charters
  • Alice Childress
  • Cyrus Colter
  • Steven Corbin
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Thulani Davis
  • Eric Jerome Dickey
  • Rita Dove
  • Henry Dumas
  • Erika Ellis
  • Leon Forrest
  • Albert French
  • Ernest J. Gaines
  • Sam Greenlee
  • R.M. Johnson
  • William Melvin Kelley
  • Jamaica Kincaid
  • Helen Elaine Lee
  • Diane McKinney-Whetstone
  • Reginald McKnight
  • Terry McMillan
  • Clarence Major
  • Marcus Major
  • Denene Millner & Nick Chiles
  • Toni Morrison
  • Walter Mosley
  • Albert Murray
  • Gloria Naylor
  • Gwendolyn M. Parker
  • Alexs D. Pate
  • Robert Deane Pharr
  • Darryl Pinckney
  • Connie Porter
  • Ishmael Reed
  • Charlotte Watson Sherman
  • William Gardner Smith
  • Susan Straight
  • Henry Van Dyke
  • Colson Whitehead
  • Sarah E. Wright

Bestsellers

  • Bertice Berry
  • Sheila Copeland
  • Eric Jerome Dickey
  • Linda Grosvenor
  • E. Lynn Harris
  • David Haynes
  • Timmothy B. McCann
  • Kim McLaurin
  • Rosalyn McMillan
  • Terry McMillan
  • Karen E. Quinones Miller
  • Mary Morrison
  • Sister Souljah
  • Camika Spencer
  • Omar Tyree
  • Van Whitfield
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