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


  • Burning Sugar by Cicely Belle Blain
  • 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