Celebrating Black Authors

As I mentioned last week (, one thing I can do is to support Black writers. Here are some books I’ve read in the last year or so. I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll enjoy here:

If you like memoir, you’ll want to read Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou ( and Becoming by Michelle Obama (

If you are a YA fan, try Spin by Lamar Giles  ( and The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas (

If you’re into history, you’ll like Black History in the Last Frontier about African Americans in Alaska.  It’s new this year, so I had trouble finding a website for it. It’s written by Ian C. Hartman, with expert help by Black activist and community organizer Ed Wesley (ISBN 9780996583787, pub. National Park Service and University of Alaska Anchorage, 2020).

Whatever you like to read, there’s a perfect book for you. I hope you can use this year to explore new, or new-to-you, Black authors, and I promise I will, too. Black lives matter—and Black books, too.

I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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