The Black Experience: Books by Black Authors in 2020 (Extra)

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Hello, everyone!

Welcome to The Black Experience, a month long blog series through February, in honour of Black History Month, which features Black bloggers, booktubers and authors. This project aims at highlighting Black stories and experiences both in real life and in publishing, as well as showing our individual and collective struggles.

In today’s post, I’ll be giving another list of books by Black Authors releasing in 2020. Due to the sheer number of books by Black authors releasing this year, the original post was been divided into two i.e Part 1 and Part 2. (that list did not include books by Debut authors as it will be redundant when there is already a list of that) but as new books came up while curating the original list I decided to make an extra so I don’t leave anyone out. Please note this list should not be taken as a list of ALL books by Black authors coming out this year, there are so many authors — trad, indie and self published — and sadly, I can’t reach them all.

 Please take this list as a continuation of the other existing lists, has it will be numbered as such.


(The complete list of Books by Black authors in 2020 begins with the list of books by Black debut authors, you can view those HERE , and two other preexisting lists with books by non debut Black authors HERE  and HERE)

 

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69. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Genre: Fantasy

Category: YA

Expected Publication Date: April 4, 2020

The epic debut YA fantasy from an incredible new talent–perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi and Sabaa Tahir

Nothing is more important than loyalty. But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as the Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of Eleven. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But the Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn–but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?

With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.

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(Jordan Ifueko is a debut author. Her book will be moved to the debut authors post at the end of the blog series.)

 

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70. Tristan Strong Destroys The World by Kwame Mbalia

Genre: Fantasy

Category: MG

Expected Publication Date: October 6, 2020

No information available

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71. Speculation by Nisi Shawl

Genre: Fantasy

Category: MG

Expected Publication Date: 2020

In this historical fantasy inspired by the works of Edward Eager, Winna Cole discovers a pair of magical spectacles that reveal both the friendly ghosts of her African-American ancestors and a dangerous family curse.

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72. Stormsong (The Kingston Cycle #2) by C.L. Polk

Genre: Fantasy

Category: Adult

Publication Date: February 11, 2020

After spinning an enthralling world in Witchmark, praised as a “can’t-miss debut” by Booklist, and as “thoroughly charming and deftly paced” by the New York Times, C. L. Polk continues the story in Stormsong. Magical cabals, otherworldly avengers, and impossible love affairs conspire to create a book that refuses to be put down.

Dame Grace Hensley helped her brother Miles undo the atrocity that stained her nation, but now she has to deal with the consequences. With the power out in the dead of winter and an uncontrollable sequence of winter storms on the horizon, Aeland faces disaster. Grace has the vision to guide her parents to safety, but a hostile queen and a ring of rogue mages stand in the way of her plans. There’s revolution in the air, and any spark could light the powder. What’s worse, upstart photojournalist Avia Jessup draws ever closer to secrets that could topple the nation, and closer to Grace’s heart.

Can Aeland be saved without bloodshed? Or will Kingston die in flames, and Grace along with it?

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73. Gloom Town by Ronald L. Smith

Genre: Fantasy

Category: Kidlit/ MG

Expected Publication Date: February 11, 2020

When twelve-year-old Rory applies for a job at a spooky old mansion in his gloomy seaside town, he finds the owner, Lord Foxglove, odd and unpleasant. But he and his mom need the money, so he takes the job anyway. Rory soon finds out that his new boss is not just strange, he’s not even human—and he’s trying to steal the townspeople’s shadows. Together, Rory and his friend Isabella set out to uncover exactly what Foxglove and his otherworldly accomplices are planning and devise a strategy to defeat them. But can two kids defeat a group of ancient evil beings who are determined to take over the world?

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74. Arcade and the Dazzling Truth Detector (The Coin Slot Chronicles #4) by Rashad Jennings

Genre: Fantasy

Category: MG

Expected Publication Date: September 1, 2020

Join Arcade Livingston and his friends on their most important time-travelling, globe-trotting adventures yet in this fourth and final book in the Coin Slot Chronicles series, where all the questions about the mysterious and powerful Triple T Token will finally be answered.

What does the last T on the Triple T Token stand for? Where did it come from? What did Arcade’s mom do with the token when she had it? And why does Arcade have it now?

Arcade and Zoe Livingston have been on a quest for truth ever since the mysterious lady gave Arcade the token, said, “Happy Travels,” then vanished. Now, Arcade Livingston has just one wish on his twelfth birthday: to experience the ests of life.

From the highest, lowest, deepest, coldest, and hottest places on Earth; to some of the greatest, most influential moments in history—Arcade will get his wish and much more than he could ever dream as the Triple T Token takes him and Zoe back in time and to the top (and bottom!) of the world. It’s a whirlwind journey of self-discovery in some of the most exciting and unusual places on the planet.

So, hang on tight, because these final Arcade adventures are filled with magic elevator rides you’ll never, ever forget.

Read as part of the series or as a stand-alone novel! Arcade and the Dazzling Truth Detector is the fourth book in the humorous and imaginative Coin Slot Chronicles series by New York Times bestselling author, former NFL running back, and Dancing with the Stars champion Rashad Jennings.

Great for reluctant readers
Black and white illustrations included

 

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75. Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

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Expected Date Of Publication: October 13, 2020

Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner . 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

D. W. Griffith is a sorcerer, and The Birth of a Nation is a spell that drew upon the darkest thoughts and wishes from the heart of America. Now, rising in power and prominence, the Klan has a plot to unleash Hell on Earth.

Luckily, Maryse Boudreaux has a magic sword and a head full of tales. When she’s not running bootleg whiskey through Prohibition Georgia, she’s fighting monsters she calls “Ku Kluxes.” She’s damn good at it, too. But to confront this ongoing evil, she must journey between worlds to face nightmares made flesh–and her own demons. Together with a foul-mouthed sharpshooter and a Harlem Hellfighter, Maryse sets out to save a world from the hate that would consume Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner . 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

D. W. Griffith is a sorcerer, and The Birth of a Nation is a spell that drew upon the darkest thoughts and wishes from the heart of America. Now, rising in power and prominence, the Klan has a plot to unleash Hell on Earth.

Luckily, Maryse Boudreaux has a magic sword and a head full of tales. When she’s not running bootleg whiskey through Prohibition Georgia, she’s fighting monsters she calls “Ku Kluxes.” She’s damn good at it, too. But to confront this ongoing evil, she must journey between worlds to face nightmares made flesh–and her own demons. Together with a foul-mouthed sharpshooter and a Harlem Hellfighter, Maryse sets out to save a world from the hate that would consume it.

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76.  The Fruit (Wrath & Athenaeum#3) by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun

Genre: Fantasy

Category: YA

Expected Publication Date: August 18, 2020

Following The Root and The Tree, the final novel in the Wrath & Athenaeum, a compelling urban fantasy set in a San Francisco merged with a dimension filled with gods and magic.

The ravenous darkness threatening the twin worlds of Earth and Corpiliu is trapped . . . for now. But the alliance of two societies is fragile: new species clash with existing ones, monster-like Antes enslave humans, and humans hunt the “invaders” down.

Meanwhile, young warrior Erik has left everything behind to wander the world keeping order, haunted by visions of his lost love. But is it a trick like before—or the real thing? And even as word of Erik’s deeds begins to spread, his own father, now fallen to the darkness, is spreading hatred and gathering legions.

Elsewhere, seer Tae and dream-visionary Melinda must learn how to defeat the forces arrayed against them, but they’ll need the help of gods driven beyond morality and sanity. And as Lil adapts to her new world, her magical powers grow beyond her control and threaten everything she’s working for.

When all of these powers collide, the world will break. And the one created afterward may not be what anyone expected. . . .

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77. The Hero of Numbani by Nicky Drayden

Genre: Science Fiction

Category: MG

Expected Publication Date: May 5, 2020

In the technologically advanced African city of Numbani, in the not-so-distant future, humans live in harmony with humanoid robots known as omnics. But when a terrorist tries to shatter that unity, a hero named Efi Oladele rises!

Efi has been making robots since she was little-machines to better her community and improve people’s lives. But after she witnesses Doomfist’s catastrophic attack on the city’s OR15 security bots, Efi feels the call to build something greater: a true guardian of Numbani.

While Doomfist sows discord between humans and omnics, Efi engineers an intelligent and compassionate robot, Orisa, named after the powerful spirits who guide her people. Orisa has a lot to learn before she’s ready to defeat Doomfist, but Efi has some learning to do, too, especially when it comes to building-and being-a hero. With Doomfist rallying his forces, and the military powerless to stop him, can Efi mold Orisa into the hero of Numbani before it’s too late?

This action-packed novel features the fan-favorite characters Efi, Orisa, Doomfist, and Lúcio in an all-new, original story straight from the minds of the Overwatch game team and critically acclaimed author Nicky Drayden

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78. Cry of Blood and Bone (Earthsinger Chronicles #3) L. Penelope

Genre: Fantasy

Category: YA

Expected Publication Date: August 2020

Six weeks after the fall of the Mantle, former warring nations Elsira and Lagrimar are now one country. But the unification of centuries-old enemies comes with a price. Not only do hatred and mistrust flow from both sides, but a new foreign threat looms on the horizon.

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79. A Crown So Cursed (The Nightmare-Verse #3) by LL. McKinney

Genre: Fantasy

Category: YA

Expected Publication Date: 2020

No information available yet

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80. Unti Teen by Ibi Zoboi

Genre: Science Fiction

Category: YA

Expected Publication Date: September 7, 2020

No information available yet

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81. The Fires of Vengeance (The Burning #2) by Evan Winter

Genre: Fantasy

Category: Adult

Expected Publication Date: July 16, 2020

The Sequel to “The Rage Of Dragons”

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82. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

Genre: Nonfiction

Category: YA

Expected Publication Date: April 28

Farrar, Straus and Giroux has bought world rights to journalist and LGBTQ+ activist George M. Johnson’s YA memoir, All Boys Aren’t Blue. The memoir takes stories from his life growing up as a queer black teen to show readers how they can fight for themselves or be allies in the struggle for equity and equality. Publication is set for winter 2020.

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(All Boys Aren’t Blue is the first book by this author and would be moved to the debut author post after this series)


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