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Music for Exile Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781946482464
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Published: Tupelo Press - February 1st, 2021

Poetry. Trekking from the U.S. to the Caribbean and Canada--wind at their back, ear to the ground, listening for the logos of what trembles underfoot-- the poems in MUSIC FOR EXILE syncretize a host of lyrical, received and invented forms to beckon a mythic assemblage, an aggregation of personal and historical losses, intimate and en masse.


The World Is Moving Around Me: A Memoir of the Haiti Earthquake Cover Image
By Dany Laferrière, David Homel (Translator), Michaëlle Jean (Foreword by)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781551524986
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Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - January 1st, 2013

On January 12, 2010, novelist Dany Laferri re had just ordered dinner at a Port-au-Prince restaurant with a friend when the earthquake struck. He survived; some three hundred thousand others did not. The quake caused widespread destruction and left over one million homeless.


Him Cover Image
By Pierre Alex Jeanty, Sarah Plamondon (Editor), Celia James (Cover Design by)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781949191004
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Published: Jeanius Publishing LLC - August 16th, 2018

The best-selling poet of HER & HER Vol. 2 returns with a different voice, on a different path, but with the same mission.


August Frost Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802140463
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Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2004

Called enchanting by British Elle, this sensual debut novel of metamorphosis and discovery is from a young writer who is being hailed as one of Britain's most promising new talents.


The White Woman on the Green Bicycle: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143119517
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Published: Penguin Books - April 26th, 2011

A beautifully written, unforgettable novel of a troubled marriage, set against the lush landscape and political turmoil of Trinidad—by the author of The Mermaid of Black Conch

Monique Roffey's Orange Prize-shortlisted novel is a gripping portrait of postcolonialism that stands among great works by Caribbean writers like Jamaica Kincaid and Andrea Levy.


Your Corner Dark Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781534460713
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 19th, 2021

“One of those tales that ties you up, turns you inside-out, wrings you like a wet cloth.” —Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of Long Way Down

American Street meets Long Way Down in this searing and gritty debut novel that takes an unflinching look at the harsh realities of gang life in Jamaica and how far a teen is wil


One of the Good Ones Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9781094191157
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Published: Inkyard Press - January 5th, 2021

My Love, My Love: Or the Peasant Girl Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9781566891318
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Published: Coffee House Press - September 1st, 2002

Rosa Guy's tropical retelling of The Little Mermaid is the gorgeous, tragic love story of D sir e, a beautiful peasant girl who devotes herself to the handsome, aristocratic young man whose life she has saved.


In Nearby Bushes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781784108458
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Published: Carcanet Press Ltd. - October 31st, 2019

 Shortlisted for the Derek Walcott Prize 2020. Longlisted for the 2020 Polari Prize. A Telegraph Book of the Year 2019. The highly anticipated new collection from Forward Prize-winner Kei Miller explores his strangest landscape yet – the placeless place. Here is a world in which it is both possible to hide and to heal, a landscape as much marked by magic as it is by murder.


The Last Warner Woman Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781566892957
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Published: Coffee House Press - March 27th, 2012

Miller is a name to watch.--The Independent

This is magical, lyrical, spellbinding writing.--Granta


There Is an Anger That Moves Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781857549454
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Published: Carcanet Press Ltd. - November 1st, 2007

Diverse in theme as well as form, this new collection explodes onto the page with a maturity and dynamism rarely seen in such a young poet. Using language full of unique beauty and charisma, Miller writes everything from love poems to biblical chronicles, exploring themes such as conflicting identity, home and family, and the spirit of his Jamaican ancestors.


New Caribbean Poetry: An Anthology Cover Image
By Kei Miller (Editor)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781857549416
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Published: Carcanet Press Ltd. - June 1st, 2007

Showcasing a diverse selection of new poetry from eight Caribbean poets, this anthology offers fresh perspectives from emerging and newly established poets who are forging a new and multifarious identity for Caribbean poetry. Including poets from Jamaica, the Bahamas, Barbados, St.


Augustown: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101974094
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Published: Vintage - May 15th, 2018

PEN OPEN BOOK AWARD FINALIST

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Slate • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus Reviews • Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel


The Marvellous Equations of the Dread: A Novel in Bass Riddim Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780811227865
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Published: New Directions - July 31st, 2018

The ancestors have awakened. Somebody has called them. The long-dead are stirring. Jah ways are mysterious ways.


Sweet Sorrel Stand Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780995310377
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Published: Garnalma Press - June 13th, 2018

Rose and Nicolas loved their favourite Caribbean sorrel drink so much, the siblings decided to create a sorrel stand with the assistance of their parents. Their Sweet Sorrel Stand was a success in the neighbourhood. The main ingredient of the drink is the Roselle plant (Sorrel), a species of hibiscus that is native to West Africa.


Keman's First Carnival Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780995310322
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Published: Garnalma Press - September 18th, 2016

This was Keman's first experience of Toronto's annual Caribbean Carnival. The excited 8-year-old and his Mother enjoyed the rituals at the Caribbean celebration, such as picking a flag to wave, the Caribbean influenced foods, dancing, costumes and music. Keman is a young, Black Canadian child with Caribbean roots.


Miles Away In The Caribbean Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781999115517
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Published: Garnalma Press - June 1st, 2019

Miles Away In The Caribbean is a poetically written story about a Canadian boy named Miles. In his magical spaceship, he visits Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.


If Dominican Were a Color Cover Image
By Sili Recio, Brianna McCarthy (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534461796
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Published: Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books f - September 22nd, 2020

The colors of Hispaniola burst into life in this striking, evocative debut picture book that celebrates the joy of being Dominican.

If Dominican were a color, it would be the sunset in the sky, blazing red and burning bright.
If Dominican were a color, it’d be the roar of the ocean in the deep of the night,
With the moon beaming down rays of sheer delig


How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316536981
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - February 2nd, 2021

In the tradition of Zadie Smith and Marlon James, a brilliant Caribbean writer delivers a powerful story about four people each desperate to escape their legacy of violence in a so-called "paradise."

In Baxter’s Beach, Barbados, Lala’s grandmother Wilma tells the story of the one-armed sister.


Slave Old Man Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781620975886
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Published: New Press - October 1st, 2019

The heart-stopping (The Millions), richly layered (Brooklyn Rail), haunting, beautiful (BuzzFeed) story of an escaped captive and the killer hound that pursues him


The Pain Tree Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781770864344
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Published: Cormorant Books - September 30th, 2015

The Pain Tree tells stories that speak to all aspects of Jamaican life. We hear from poor folk making the best of past hardships (Coal); rich folk plotting future selfishness (The Goodness of My Heart); and a young girl, forced to shoulder her mother's burdens in addition to her own (Lollipop).


Where There Are Monsters Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781845234362
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Published: Peepal Tree Press Ltd. - July 13th, 2019

Breanne Mc Ivor is a bold new voice in Caribbean fiction. The Trinidad of her stories is utterly contemporary but also a place defined by its folk mythologies and its cultural creations, its traditions of masking and disguises.


Frying Plantain Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781487005344
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Published: Astoria - March 3rd, 2020

Set in a neighbourhood known as "Little Jamaica," Frying Plantain follows one young girl from elementary school to high school graduation as she navigates the tensions between mothers and daughters, second-generation immigrants and first-generation cultural expectations, and Black identity and predominantly white society.


Everything Inside: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525521273
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Published: Knopf - August 27th, 2019

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
WINNER OF THE STORY PRIZE
WINNER OF THE 2020 VILCEK PRIZE IN LITERATURE


From the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of Brother, I'm Dying, a collection of vividly imagined stories about community, family, and love.


Krik? Krak! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616957001
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Published: Soho Press - December 15th, 2015

Discover the 20th Anniversary edition of Edwidge Danticat’s unforgettable National Book Award Finalist story collection—complete with a new story.


The Farming of Bones Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781616953492
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Published: Soho Press - May 7th, 2013

It is 1937 and Amabelle Désir, a young Haitian woman living in the Dominican Republic, has built herself a life as the servant and companion of the wife of a wealthy colonel. She and Sebastien, a cane worker, are deeply in love and plan to marry.


An Autobiography of the Autobiography of Reading (CLC Kreisel Lecture) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781772125085
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Published: University of Alberta Press - January 8th, 2020

The geopolitics of empire had already prepared me for thiscoloniality constructs outsides and insides--worlds to be chosen, disturbed, interpreted, and navigated--in order to live something like a real self.


The Black Cathedral: A Novel Cover Image
By Marcial Gala, Anna Kushner (Translated by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374118013
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 7th, 2020

Haunting and transcendently twisted, this English-language debut from a Cuban literary star is a tale of race, magic, belief, and fate


These Ghosts Are Family: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982117436
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 3rd, 2020

PEN/Hemingway Award For Debut Novel Finalist​
Shortlisted for the 2020 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

A “rich, ambitious debut novel” (The New York Times Book Review) that reveals the ways in which a Jamaican family forms and fractures over generations, in the tradition of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.


The Belle Créole (Caraf Books) Cover Image
By Maryse Condé, Nicole Simek (Translator), Dawn Fulton (Afterword by)
$21.95
ISBN: 9780813944227
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Published: University of Virginia Press - April 28th, 2020

Possessing one of the most vital voices in international letters, Maryse Cond added to an already acclaimed career the New Academy Prize in Literature in 2018. The twelfth novel by this celebrated author revolves around an enigmatic crime and the young man at its center.


My Mother's House: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525657156
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Published: Knopf - May 12th, 2020

One of the Best Books of the Year: Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vulture • This uncompromising look at the immigrant experience, and the depravity of one man, is an electrifying page-turner rooted in a magical reality “Impossible to stop reading” —Vulture


Felix Ever After Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062820259
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 5th, 2020

A Stonewall Honor Book * A Time Magazine Best YA Book of All Time

From Stonewall and Lambda Award–winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.


King and the Dragonflies Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338129335
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 4th, 2020

A 2021 Coretta Scott King Honor Book!

Winner of the 2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature!

Winner of the 2020 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and Poetry!

In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy's grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself.


Book of the Little Axe Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780802129369
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - May 12th, 2020

A BOOKLIST EDITOR'S CHOICE BOOK OF THE YEAR

Ambitious and masterfully-wrought, Lauren Francis-Sharma's Book of the Little Axe is an incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion.


Clap When You Land Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062882769
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 5th, 2020

In a novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.


Home Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781984893581
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Published: Delacorte Press - May 26th, 2020

Fans of Monday's Not Coming and Girl in Pieces will love this award-winning novel about a girl on the verge of losing herself and the unlikely journey to recovery after she is removed from anything and everyone she knows to be home.


The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana Cover Image
By Maryse Condé, Richard Philcox (Translator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781642860696
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Published: World Editions - May 5th, 2020

By the winner of the 2018 Alternative Nobel prize in literature Born in Guadeloupe, Ivan and Ivana are twins with a bond so strong they become afraid of their feelings for one another.


Patsy: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631497896
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Published: Liveright - May 26th, 2020

Best Books of 2019: Washington Post • O, The Oprah MagazineTime • NPR • People • Buzzfeed
A TODAY Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Selection
Winner • Lambda Literary Award [Lesbian Fiction]
A Washington Post Lily Lit Club Selection
Longlisted • PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction


Tea by the Sea Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781597098458
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Published: Red Hen Press - June 9th, 2020

*Featured in O, the Oprah Magazine*

*Selected as one of the Best Books of the Week by the New York Post*


Take a Hint, Dani Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters #2) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062941237
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Published: Avon - June 23rd, 2020

Named one of the Best Romances of 2020 by Apple, Kirkus, PW, Washington Post, NPR, BookPage, OprahMag, EW, Insider, Buzzfeed, Bustle, and Amazon!


The Lesson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781094081298
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Published: Blackstone - June 2nd, 2020

An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath.


Facing the Sun Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781534406049
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 11th, 2020

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants meets The Education of Margot Sanchez in this Caribbean-set story about four friends who experience unexpected changes in their lives during the summer when a hotel developer purchases their community’s beloved beach.

Change is coming to Pinder Street…

Eve is the rock in her family of seven, the on


Grown Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062840356
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 15th, 2020

An instant New York Times bestseller! “Grown exposes the underbelly of a tough conversation, providing a searing examination of misogynoir, rape culture, and the vulnerability of young black girls.


When No One Is Watching: A Thriller Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062982650
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 1st, 2020

An instant NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLER!

"I was knocked over by the momentum of an intense psychological thriller that doesn’t let go until the final page. This is a terrific read." – Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author

*Marie Claire's September Book Club Pick* 


Ring Shout Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250767028
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Published: Tordotcom - October 13th, 2020

Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark returns with Ring Shout, a dark fantasy historical novella that gives a supernatural twist to the Ku Klux Klan's reign of terror

“A fantastical, brutal and thrilling triumph of the imagination...Clark’s combination of historical and political reimagining is cathartic, exhilarating and fresh.” —The New York Times


When Life Gives You Mangos Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593173978
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Published: Delacorte Press - October 20th, 2020

Named to Oprah Magazine's Best Caribbean Books for Your 2021 reading list, imagination and adventure run wild in the most talked about middle grade debut of the year!  
 
A small village on a Jamaican island. 
A girl who doesn't remember the previous summer. 


Cannibal (The Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780803290631
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2016

Colliding with and confronting The Tempest and postcolonial identity, the poems in Safiya Sinclair’s Cannibal explore Jamaican childhood and history, race relations in America, womanhood, otherness, and exile. She evokes a home no longer accessible and a body at times uninhabitable, often mirrored by a hybrid Eve/Caliban figure.


Queenie Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501196027
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - November 5th, 2019

ONE OF TIME’S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019

NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 BY WOMAN’S DAY, NEWSDAY, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, BUSTLE, AND BOOK RIOT!

“[B]rilliant, timely, funny, heartbreaking.” —Jojo Moyes, #1 New York Times bestsel


Here Comes the Sun: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781631492945
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Published: Liveright - June 6th, 2017

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Winner of the LAMBDA Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction


With the Fire on High Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062662835
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Published: Quill Tree Books - May 7th, 2019

From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.


Hurricane Child (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781338129311
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 1st, 2019

Prepare to be swept up by this exquisite novel that reminds us that grief and love can open the world in mystical ways.

Winner of the Stonewall Book AwardWinner of the Lambda Literary AwardCaroline Murphy is a Hurricane Child.Being born during a hurricane is unlucky, and 12-year-old Caroline has had her share of bad luck lately.


Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780735220188
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 4th, 2020

One of TIME’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time

Winner of the L.A. Times Ray Bradbury Prize 

Finalist for the 2019 National Book Award

The New York Times Bestseller

Named a Best Book of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, TIME, NPR, GQ, Vogue, and The Washington Post


Grand Union: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525558996
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Published: Penguin Press - October 8th, 2019

Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal! 

A dazzling collection of short fiction


On Beauty: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143037743
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Published: Penguin Books - August 29th, 2006

Winner of the 2006 Orange Prize for fiction, another bestselling masterwork from the celebrated author of Swing Time and White Teeth

"In this sharp, engaging satire, beauty's only skin-deep, but funny cuts to the bone." —Kirkus Reviews


Liccle Bit (Crongton) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780349001999
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Published: Atom - March 27th, 2018


What's worse than hiding a secret? Liccle Bit's about to find out...


The Woman Next Door: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250124579
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Published: Picador - February 7th, 2017

The U.S. debut of an award-winning writer, in which an unexpected friendship blossoms in contemporary Cape Town—and in a community where loving thy neighbor is easier said than done.


Bom Boy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781946395108
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Published: Catalyst Press - February 26th, 2019

  • Winner of the South African Literary Award First Time Author Prize
  • Shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature
  • Featured in the New York Times' Globetrotting sneak preview of books coming out in 2019 from around the world
  • One of Seven new and noteworthy fiction titles about South Africa The Globe and Mail
Wande


Crossfire: A Litany for Survival Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781642590258
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Published: Haymarket Books - October 15th, 2019

WINNER OF THE AMERICAN BOOK AWARD

Powerhouse, world-renowned LGBTQ poet and spoken-word artist Staceyann Chin curates the first full-length collection of her poems.

Crossfire collects Staceyann Chin's empowering, feminist-LGBTQ-Caribbean, activist-driven poetry for the first time in a single book.


The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743292917
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Published: Scribner - February 9th, 2010

Staceyann Chin has appeared on television and radio discussing issues of race and sexuality, but it is her extraordinary voice that launched her career as a performer, poet, and activist—here, she shares her unforgettable story of triumph against all odds in this brave and fiercely candid memoir.

No one knew Staceyann's mother was pregnant until a dangerously small baby was bor