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African American Fiction Writers

The following authors are popular African American fiction writers whose books range in topic from romance to mystery and suspense. Find books that can be checked out by these authors by opening our catalog and entering the author's name in the search bar. Learn more about searching in the catalog here.

  • Alers, Rochelle
  • Beatty, Paul
  • Billingsley, ReShonda T.
  • Diamond, De’nesha
  • Kitt, Sandra
  • Lester, Jullius
  • Myers, Walter Dean
  • Slim, Iceberg
  • Turner, Nikki
  • Zane
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    Amazon Says: Two classic Eaton family novels from national bestselling author ROCHELLE ALERS SWEET DREAMS Chandra Eaton can't believe she left her journals—containing ver more...
    Amazon Says: Two classic Eaton family novels from national bestselling author ROCHELLE ALERS SWEET DREAMS Chandra Eaton can't believe she left her journals—containing very private, very erotic dreams she's been having for the past two years—in a Philly taxicab. Her embarrassment turns to intrigue when Preston Tucker finds and returns them. The soulful playwright fires up Chandra's body and her mind. It's an irresistible combination, until she starts to suspect that he's just using her for creative inspiration. Preston has spent years running from relationships. Chandra's journals captivate his imagination, for sure, but it's the intelligent, sensual woman behind them who really fascinates him. Now he has to find a way to win back her trust before she brings the curtain down on their affair for good. TWICE THE TEMPTATION Denise Eaton is proud of the day-care business she built from scratch. But now the scion of this Philadelphia family dynasty could lose everything. The man who holds the key to her future? None other than Rhett Ferrell, the man she passionately loved in college…and who broke her heart. Rhett has waited six years to take his sweet revenge. Now the legendary corporate raider is about to have Denise right where he wants her—at his mercy and in his bed. He's never forgiven her for walking out and taking up with his most hated enemy. But he's also never forgotten the desire that still burns so hotly, so irresistibly between them. That's when Rhett plots one final conquest: to take over Denise's heart. And he's a man who plays to win…. less...
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    Slumberland: A Novel by Paul Beatty
    Amazon Says: The breakout novel from a literary virtuoso about a disaffected Los Angeles DJ who travels to post-Wall Berlin in search of his transatlantic doppelganger. Hailed by the New Y more...
    Amazon Says: The breakout novel from a literary virtuoso about a disaffected Los Angeles DJ who travels to post-Wall Berlin in search of his transatlantic doppelganger. Hailed by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best writers of his generation, Paul Beatty turns his incisive eye to man’s search for meaning and identity in an increasingly chaotic world. After creating the perfect beat, DJ Darky goes in search of Charles Stone, a little-known avant-garde jazzman, to play over his sonic masterpiece. His quest brings him to a recently unified Berlin, where he stumbles through the city’s dreamy streets ruminating about race, sex, love, Teutonic gods, the preventdefense, and Wynton Marsalis in search of his artistic—and spiritual—other. Ferocious, bombastic, and laugh-out-loud funny, Slumberland is vintage Paul Beatty and belongs on the shelf next to Jonathan Lethem, Colson Whitehead, and Junot Diaz. less...
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    You Don't Know Me Like That by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
    Amazon Says: [Read by Danella] She dishes celebrity dirt no one else dares. But now, Maya Morgan is about to get a taste of her own medicine. Gossip show Rumor Central has gone beyond more...
    Amazon Says: [Read by Danella] She dishes celebrity dirt no one else dares. But now, Maya Morgan is about to get a taste of her own medicine. Gossip show Rumor Central has gone beyond Miami to national syndication, so now's the time for Maya Morgan to really make her brand blow up. But things start to blow up in her face when a superfan takes over her online life, trashing her reputation and putting her gossip future at risk. Now Maya will need every down-and-dirty move -- and a little help from her frenemies -- to manage this disaster and save everything she's dished so hard to get. less...
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    Street Divas by De'nesha Diamond
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    For All We Know by Sandra Kitt
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    Guardian by Julius Lester
    Amazon Says: There are times when a tree can no longer withstand the pain inflicted on it, and the wind will take pity on that tree and topple it over in a mighty storm. All the other tree more...
    Amazon Says: There are times when a tree can no longer withstand the pain inflicted on it, and the wind will take pity on that tree and topple it over in a mighty storm. All the other trees who witnessed the evil look down upon the fallen tree with envy. They pray for the day when a wind will end their suffering. I pray for the day when God will end mine. In a time and place without moral conscience, fourteen-year-old Ansel knows what is right and what is true. But it is dangerous to choose honesty, and so he chooses silence. Now an innocent man is dead, and Ansel feels the burden of his decision. He must also bear the pain of losing a friend, his family, and the love of a lifetime. Coretta Scott King Award winner and Newbery Honoree Julius Lester delivers a haunting and poignant novel about what happens when one group of people takes away the humanity of another. less...
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    Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers
    Amazon Says: New York Times bestselling author and Printz Award winner Walter Dean Myers once again connects with teenagers everywhere in Darius & Twig, a novel about friendship and needin more...
    Amazon Says: New York Times bestselling author and Printz Award winner Walter Dean Myers once again connects with teenagers everywhere in Darius & Twig, a novel about friendship and needing to live one's own dream. This touching and raw teen novel from the author of Monster, Kick, We Are America, Bad Boy, and many other celebrated literary works for children and teens is a Coretta Scott King Honor Book.Darius and Twig are an unlikely pair: Darius is a writer whose only escape is his alter ego, a peregrine falcon named Fury, and Twig is a middle-distance runner striving for athletic success. But they are drawn together in the struggle to overcome the obstacles that life in Harlem throws at them. The two friends must face down bullies, an abusive uncle, and the idea that they'll be stuck in the same place forever. less...
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    Amazon Says: This is the story of Chicago’s ruthless and tireless mafia. The intensely real characters, the brutal overlords, their faithful lackeys and their vengeful enemies all collid more...
    Amazon Says: This is the story of Chicago’s ruthless and tireless mafia. The intensely real characters, the brutal overlords, their faithful lackeys and their vengeful enemies all collide in acts of loyalty, lust, greed and death. Power hungry Don, Jimmy Collucci, is out to become the kingpin of Chicago’s “Honored Society.” However his rise to the top can only be thwarted by one man fueled by revenge set out to destroy it, the “Black Warrior” Jessie Taylor. When ambitions collide, guns are drawn and blood is spilled. This is the original mafia story. less...
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    A Project Chick by Nikki Turner
    Amazon Says: Tressa is a fly girl accustomed to the lavish lifestyle that Lucky, her possessive, deranged baby daddy, has provided for her. In order to keep her high standard of living, sh more...
    Amazon Says: Tressa is a fly girl accustomed to the lavish lifestyle that Lucky, her possessive, deranged baby daddy, has provided for her. In order to keep her high standard of living, she has excused so many of his unforgivable actions. It is not until he pulls off the ultimate stunt that she realizes that no mink coat, car, house, or any amount of money is worth her peace of mind. Tressa leaves everything behind, with the exception of her street savvy, and sets out to make a life of her own. It’s not long before she finds herself making the transition from public figure to public assistance. Every day of her life seems like one drama-filled chapter after another, from baby daddy drama to backstabbing friends and various unforgettable men she sorts through and disposes of. At times she struggles and scrambles just to make ends meet, and other times she stands tall and holds her own. Nikki Turner, the bestselling author of A Hustler’s Wife, will once again take you on a safari through the jungle of the fierce and stormy streets, leaving readers on the edge of their seats, begging for an encore. less...
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    Amazon Says: Shame on It All is an unforgettable showcase for Zane's talent -- insight, comedy, and wild high jinks. For anyone who has ever observed the behavior of a close friend or fa more...
    Amazon Says: Shame on It All is an unforgettable showcase for Zane's talent -- insight, comedy, and wild high jinks. For anyone who has ever observed the behavior of a close friend or family member and suppressed the urge to scream "Shame on you!" out loud, Shame on It All is the novel for you. Harmony, Bryce, and Lucinda (a.k.a. Lucky) Whitfield are sisters in every sense of the word. They argue and get on each other's nerves, but when it comes down to the wire they are extremely protective of one another. Shame on It All follows their adventures, their friendships, their love lives, and their outlooks on life in today's society. Jam-packed with unpredictable, unbelievable, and just downright crazy situations with a few surprising twists thrown in for good measure, Shame on It All is as wild as they come. less...
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