Books by Black Canadian Writers Matter


Do the books on your shelf reflect the kind of world that you want?” – Kwame Alexander

This list of books by Black Canadian writers was compiled by Azuke Kamdibe and shared here with permission. We’ve added a few titles to the list (indicated by an *). This is not a complete list, of course, but it’s a good start.

Dear Current Occupant by Chelene Knight
Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature by Wayde Compton
After Canaan by Wayde Compton
Being Brown: A Very Public Life by Rosemary Brown
I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to my Daughter by David Chariandy
From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her People
by Lorna Goodison *
Black Writers Matter, edited by Whitney French
Blank by M. NourbeSe Philip
In the Black by B. Denham Jolly
The Hanging Of Angelique by Afua Cooper
North of the Color Line by Sarah-Jane Mathieu
Queer Returns by Rinaldo Walcott
Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present by Robyn Maynard
They Call Me George by Cecil Foster
‘Membering by Austin Clarke
Angry Queer Somali Boy by Mohamed Abdulkarim Ali
Shame on Me by Tessa McWatt
The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole
The Stone Thrower by Jael Richardson
Until We Are Free, edited by Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware
Black Life Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom by Rinaldo Walcott & Idil Abdillahi
They Said This Would Be Fun by Eternity Martis

Brother by David Chariandy
A Credit to Your Race by Truman Green
The Outer Harbour: Stories by Wayde Compton
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan *
Washington Black by Esi Edugyan *
The Second Life of Samuel Tyne by Esi Edugyan *
Reproduction by Ian Williams *
Not Anyone’s Anything by Ian Williams *
Things Are Good Now by Djamila Ibrahim
Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
Accordéon by Kaie Kellough
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
Any Known Blood by Lawrence Hill
Shut Up You’re Pretty by Téa Mutonji
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
Dominoes at the Crossroads by Kaie Kellough
Africville by Jeffrey Colvin

The Gospel of Breaking by Jillian Christmas
How She Read by Chantal Gibson
100 Days by Juliane Okot Bitek
Collected Poems by Lorna Goodison *
By Love Possessed by Lorna Goodison *
Oracabessa by Lorna Goodison *
Personals by Ian Williams *
You Know Who You Are by Ian Williams *
Voodoo Hypothesis by Canisia Lubrin
Land to Light On by Dionne Brand
Magnetic Equator by Kaie Kellough
Sonnet’s Shakespeare by Sonnet L’Abbé
Execution Poems by George Elliott Clarke
I Am Still Your Negro: An Homage to James Baldwin by Valerie Mason-John *
The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry, edited by Valerie Mason-John and Kevan Anthony Cameron *

Books for Children
The Stone Thrower by Jael Richardson *
Malaika’s Winter Carnival by Nadia L. Hohn
Boonoonoonous Hair! by Olive Senior, illustrated by Laura James
My Hair is Beautiful by Shauntay Grant
The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis
Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged! by Jody Nyasha Warner