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Feb 02, 2024

Happy Black History Month everyone – to kick off the occasion we've got something exciting for you! We're thrilled to announce a giveaway of the captivating novel "Any Known Blood" by Lawrence Hill. We’re giving away 10 copies of “Any Known Blood”. 

On February 23, author Lawrence Hill will be at the Library for Freedom to Read Week. Check out OPL's website for more details and registration.

Lawrence Hill has a unique talent for weaving stories that resonate with readers on a profound level. "Any Known Blood" is a journey through history, family, and identity that will keep you hooked from the first page to the last. It's a literary adventure that explores themes of heritage and the complexities of identity, all set against the backdrop of an engaging narrative.

Contest Details: 

Comment on the blog post: What book written by a Black author do would recommend?

Ten (10) lucky winners will be chosen randomly. 

The contest will close on Wednesday, February 7 at 1 PM (EST).


Any Known Blood Competition

I would highly recommend "The Parable of the Sower" by Octavia Butler. Butler was a prescient and gifted writer who died far too young. Her novel is a compelling vision of a dystopian future tempered by the possibility of redemption.

Book giveaway: Any Known Blood

I would recommend The Sellout, by Paul Beatty.

I would recommend the book

I would recommend the book 'The Hate u Give' by Angie Thomas. It gave me a new perspective on the experiences of minorities through exploring the themes of systemic racism, police brutality and the power of activism.

Book Recommendations by Black Authors

Reni Eddo-Lodge's "Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race" is a very in-depth, informative, and thought-provoking book that discusses much about the history of racism under an intersectional feminist lens. I would definitely recommend everyone read this book at least once!

What book written by a Black author do would recommend?

I would recommend any book by Akwaeke Emezi, I especially loved Freshwater but You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty, and The Death of Vivek Oji were both also amazing!!

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I would recommend "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson.

Book written by a Black author

"Letter to My Daughter" by Maya Angelou

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I would recommend Nova by Samuel R. Delany. I remember the novel as the most experimental science fiction I have ever read!

Book giveaway: Any Known Blood

"African Americans, as well as other people of color and low-income people, have benefitted greatly from cooperative ownership and democratic economic participation throughout (America's) history." Capitalism continues its death spiral stumbling from crisis to crisis: global pollution, climate sabotage, genocide, homelessness and starvation, what to do? We desperately need knowledge and practice of a new economics, a well-being economics. I am recommending to myself and others the book: Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice by Jessica Gordon Nembhard.

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I would recommend a Self-Portrait as Othello by Jason Allen-Paisant

What book written by a Black author do would recommend?

I really enjoyed Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams!

Island on Fire

Island on Fire The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire by Zoellner, Tom WOW ! This book taught me everything that i was'nt taught in high school !!!!! It was really informative and well written and the Ottawa public library had us join a group of fervent readers to together read the book and discuss it . We even had the author Zoom in on our book club to be interviewed by us and it was loads of fun . Thank you OPL

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Books by Black authors recommendation

I would highly recommend "Long Way Down" by Jason Reynolds. Page 1 grabbed my attention and by page 3, I was completely hooked! This novel is engrossing, compelling, powerful and impactful.

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At the risk of seeming like a suck up, I really really liked the Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill. Another great read is Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Very powerful.

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The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris If you're looking for a semi-thriller with unexpected twists and turns, The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris is my recommendation.

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I would recommend This is the Fire: What I Say to My Friends About Racism, by Don Lemon. It's a challenging book, but a book everyone should read.

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I would recommend "Go Tell it on the Mountain" by James Baldwin

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"Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a great read. Highly recommend!

What book written by a Black author do would recommend?

I would highly recommend "The Son of the House" by Cheluchi Onyemelukwe (a Nigerian-Canadian author). Set in Nigeria, this book chronicles a riveting and compelling story of tradition, class, gender, and motherhood. It is left a profound impact on me, and so I hope you pick it up and enjoy it as much as I did!

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I would recommend "Caste - The Origins of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson. A great nonfiction book, mainly based in the United States, but much relating back to Canada, about how systemic racism has shaped and affected every aspect of everyday life.

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I would recommend 'Hold My Girl' by Charlene Carr (Canadian author too). I loved it! She has another book too, 'We Rip the World Apart,' which is definitely on my to be read list.

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I would recommend "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker. As a society it is important to understand the history of all peoples to appreciate their present day realities, and struggles. Black History month encourages learning that is important for a context to this diversity.

Contest Entry - Book Recommendations by a Black Author

I'd recommend Washington Black by Esi Edugyan!

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Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is an excellent choice for readers who like suspense and thriller. It's as if the movie Get Out had a baby with How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao.

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Nnedi Okorafor's "Who Fears Death" - this one blew me away with how it explored cultural practices and change through a non-aggressive, non-polar manner. It's been years since I read it but I still think on that story and am grateful for how it affected my perspectives and perceptions of different realities. Stellar writing, phenomenal story telling, and compelling strong characters. Read it! You won't be sorry ;D

Recommend a book by a Black author

For non-fiction, How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, especially the audiobook read by the author. For fiction that really helps us see through other people's eyes, anything by Toni Morrison.

Recommend a book by a Black author

I am enjoying Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawab. She has given me language to empower myself and others. Thank you everybody for sharing these recommendations!

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I recommend Chester Himes, particularly his Harlem Detective series, in which two Black detectives solve crimes in Harlem, not incidentally demonstrating along the way a Black view of racism in the 1950s - '60swhich is pretty harsh. He won France's Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, but never got enough recognition in the US.

Book recommendation

I would recommend “The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store” by James McBride

Book recommendation

I would recommend the book "I cried to Dream Again" by Sara Kruzan. I couold not put it down.