Book Nook: Honor these 4 authors for Black History Month


Illustration by Gabrielle Lashley

In celebration of Black History Month, we spotlight four accomplished African American authors.

Nemesi Martinez

Black History Month is a tribute to many African Americans’ hard work. It started in February 1926 by author and historian Carter G. Woodson, as a week to learn about the culture and accomplishments of African Americans. This became known as “Black History Month” in 1976 by President Gerald Ford. Here are the top four Black authors that will help you get into the spirit of the month.

Angie Thomas, a young adult novelist, is a great author who is most well-known for the book “The Hate U Give.” Thomas takes on the injustice of many racial problems and faces them head-on with this book. Many of her books follow the same pattern, including “On the Come Up,” and “Concrete Rose.” Thomas even includes love stories “Blackout,” and “Whiteout” for romance fans. 

Black History Month is from Feb. 1 to March 1 to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans. In honor of Black History Month, here are four amazing Black authors whose works you can read. Illustration by Gabrielle Lashley.

Renowned author and poet Maya Angelou is known worldwide for her work, including her many published novels and poems. Even though she passed away on May 28, 2014, her work is still being studied and treasured. Angelou’s most known book is her autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” where she talks about her traumatic childhood. It is truly a heartbreaking story that is a must-read for poem lovers. This book makes the reader better understand the injustices many African Americans face such as racism and their struggle for basic human rights.

For fans of LGBTQ+ novels, I have the perfect author for you. Aaron Foley is a journalist and author, currently serving as senior digital editor for the PBS NewsHour. His bestselling book “Boys Come First,” is a gay fiction book published early last year. Foley makes a hilarious take on three gay men trying to find love which has garnered him a large audience of followers. This book is engaging for all audiences even if you aren’t part of the LGBTQ+  community. Though Foley hasn’t published too many novels, you will be waiting for more after reading the few he does have. 

Mystery followers will be excited to hear of Walter Mosley’s novels. Mosley is most known for his work in crime and mystery, with his best-selling book being the “Easy Rawlins” series. Which follows private detective Ezekiel “Easy” Porterhouse Rawlins facing and solving crimes. The detective is a veteran of World War II, and a “no funny business” type of guy. This bone-chilling mystery is a fan favorite and a must read if mystery is interesting to you.