Monday, February 12, 2018

Black Authors in ACC Libraries


In honor of Black History Month, we’re putting the spotlight on a selection of black authors whose work you can find in ACC library collections.

Nikki L. M. Brown’s Private Politics and Public Voices: Black Women's Activism from World War I to the New Deal provides a deep dive into the theme of this year’s Black History Month, “African Americans in Times of War.” The Association for the Study of African American Life and History explains that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and the theme “explores the complex meanings and implications of this international struggle and its aftermath.”

Toni Morrison. Photo by Angela Radulescu.
Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
Toni Morrsion’s novels are available at many campuses, and you can always have one sent to a campus of your choosing. If you’re not close to campus, you can view this video featuring Toni Morrison speaking about what it means to be a black female author from anywhere you have access to a computer.

A large portion of James Baldwin’s oeuvre can be found in various ACC libraries, including a CD audiobook version of Go Tell It on the Mountain.

A selection of Zora Neale Hurston’s novels and short stories can be found by searching our library catalog. Check out her autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road, for a fascinating look into Hurston’s life and work as a novelist, folklorist, anthropologist, and more.
Zora Neale Hurston. Photo by Bev Sykes
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You can find Roxane Gay’s fiction works as well as her recent memoir here.

The Masterplots Series contains scores of stories and essays by black authors. You can find these books in the Reference Section at select campuses.

Finally, because we love libraries, here is a special spotlight on the writings of Audre Lorde. Lorde was a writer, LGBTQ champion, feminist, and… a librarian!

If you want guidance on exploring works by other black authors, stop by the library or chat with us online.

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