Black History Month is there to remind us always of a significant part of our national history, to never forget our nation’s past, but to create a better America for all. Have you read these extraordinary works by the most notable African-American authors, not just during Black History Month, but all year ’round? Of all the novels of the 21st century, our featured selection, “The Known World” stands out among the finest. Scroll the following list of books in celebration of Black History Month available here at Bren-books.com.
1. The Known World by Edward P. Jones (b. 1950) won not only the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2009, The Millions website polled 48 critics, writers, and editors, who voted The Known World as the second best novel since 2000. You can find a signed copy at Bren-Books.com.
In the 20th century, African-American fiction and nonfiction spoke eloquently to the human condition, taking into account but also transcending tradition and culture, thanks to these authors….
2. Richard Wright (1908-1960) wrote some of the first books to depict growing up Black in America. His most famous novel Native Son is available at Bren-Books.com.
3. Ralph Ellison (1914-1994) won the 1953 National Book Award for Invisible Man, an instant classic, ranked among the top ten books of the American 20th century.
4. Walter Mosley (b. 1952) has had a prolific career writing predominately mysteries. Devil in a Blue Dress (1990) was made into the terrific film starring Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. Mosley has established himself as one of the most compelling contemporary mystery writers.
5. Toni Morrison (b.1931) and Alice Walker (b. 1944) are two of the most notable African American women still actively writing today. 1993 Nobel Prize Winner Toni Morrison’s Beloved earned the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1988, while Walker’s The Color Purple won both the 1983 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
6. President Barack Obama (b. 1961) wrote Dreams From My Father in 1994, before his political career began to flourish. Bren-Books.com has a genuine first edition with a signature card laid in. Own a piece of history!
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