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So, I'm collecting the books that are listed in the #ThoroughlyGoodBooksbyPoC hashtag on twitter, because well, I myself want to keep up with such a list and others might, too.

Caveat: I haven't read all of these books, and I'm taking it on good faith that the authors identify themselves as PoC or are not White-Western authors, and that they are thoroughly good. However, no book is ever thoroughly perfect, especially when it comes to intersections. Discussion of what's good (or bad or problematic) about these titles is more than welcome in comments.

Also, if I spell or get someone's name wrong (or in the wrong order, though I've tried to double check so that it doesn't happen), please correct me! I want to make sure I accurately name these authors not only because it's respectful, but so that readers can find them and their books quicker! This list is accurate as of 13:00EST in the U.S. I'll keep updating it as long as Twitter does.

ETA 1: List updated! Accurate and complete (to my knowledge) as of 17:00EST in the U.S. First round of errors corrected as well. Please let me know if there are any more, and as always, feel free to add on with books and authors that meet the criteria.

That said, onto the list, which is in two sections. The first is authors and books recommended. The second is short story authors that are being recommended. Where just an author has been recommended in the book section, I've put "all titles". If you want to add a specific one, feel free to leave a comment.

Achebe, Chinua - Things Fall Apart
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi - Purple Hibiscus; Half of a Yellow Sun
Aitmatov, Chingiz - The Day Lasts More Than A Hundred Years
Alan, Andre - Heaven's Fate
Alexie, Sherman - The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian
Armstead, Joseph - Krymsin Nocturnes
Aslan, Reza - No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam

Ba Gabriel and Moon, Fabio - Daytripper
Banks, L.A. - Huntress
Bird, Gloria - Full Moon on the Reservation
Bolano, Robert - 2666
Broaddus, Maurice - Kingmaker
Butler, Octavia - Wild Seed, Kindred

Carter, Ernessa - 32 Candles
Cobb, Charles & Moses, Bob - Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project

Dangarembga, Tsitsi - Nervous Conditions
Danticat, Edwidge - Breath, Eyes, Memory
DeGrasse Tyson, Neil - The Pluto Files
Delany, Samuel - Dhalgren; Aye and Gomorrah and Other Stories; Stars In My Pocket Like Grains Of Sand
Delora, Philip - Playing Indian
Diaz, Junot - all titles
Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee - Black Candle: Poems About Women from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh
Due, Tananarive - Blood Colony

Earling, Debra Magpie - Perma Red
El-Motar, Amal - The Honey Month

Fan, Huang - Zero
Fanon, Franz - The Wretched of the Earth
Faust, Minister - Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad

Gomez, Jewelle - The Gilda Stories
Goto, Hiromi - The Kappa Child; Half World

Hairston, Andrea - Redwood and Wildfire
Haruki, Murakami - Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World; After the Quake
Hoang, Lily - Changing
Hogan, Linda - Mean Spirit
Hopkinson, Nalo - Skinfolk; Midnight Robber; The Salt Roads

Ishiguro, Kazuo - Never Let Me Go

Jemisin, NK - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms; The Killing Moon
Jen, Gish - Mona in the Promised Land
Johnson, Alaya Dawn - Moonshine
Johnson, Tenea - Smoketown
Junichiro, Tanizaki - Some Prefer Nettles; The Makioka Sisters

Kambayashi, Chohei - Good Luck Yukikaze
Kibuishi, Kazu - Amulet
King, Thomas - Green Grass, Running Water
Kunzru, Hari - Transmission

Lahiri, Jhumpa - The Namesake
Lai, Larissa - Salt Fish Girl
Lai, Thanhha - Inside out and Back Again
Lihn, Dihn - Night, Again
Lin, Grace - Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Lord, Karen - Redemption in Indigo

Mahfouz, Naguib - The Cairo Trilogy; any titles
Mehta, Gita - Snakes and Ladders
Meminger, Neesha - Shine, Coconut Moon
Misha - Red Spider White Web
Miyabe, Miyuki - Crossfire
Mohanraj, Mary Ann - Bodies in Motion
Morrison, Toni - The Bluest Eye; Jazz
Mosley, Walter - 47; Devil in a Blue Dress

Nelson, Sybil - Priscilla the Great

Oyeyemi, Helen - Mr. Fox; The Icarus Child
Okrafor, Nnedi - Who Fears Death?; Zahrah the Windseeker; Akata Witch

Power, Susan - The Grass Dancer
Project Itoh - Genocidal Organ


Rattawut, Lapcharoensap - Sightseeing

Said, Edward - Orientalism
Sagara (West), Michelle - Cast in Shadow; Silence
Sakurazaka, Hiroshi - All You Need Is Kill
Salaam, Kiini Ibura - Ancient, Ancient
Samatar, Sofia - A Stranger in Olondria
Smith, Zadie - White Teeth
Saunders, Charles R. - Dossouye
Shawl, Nisi - Filter House
Somtow, S.P. - The Vampire's Beautiful Daughter

Tatum, Beverly Daniel - Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In the Cafeteria
Thiong'o, Ngugi wa -Wizard of the Crow

Uehashi, Nahoko - Guardian of the Spirit; Guardian of the Darkness

Victoria, Eliza - Lower Myths; The Viewless Dark
Victoria, Eliza, Loenen-Ruiz, Rochita, et al. - Alternate Alamat (ebook)

West (Sagara), Michelle - The Sun Sword; City of Night; Hunter's Oath
Whitehead, Colson - The Intuitionist

Xingjian, Gao - Soul Mountain

Yamamoto, Hiroshi - Stories of Ibis
Yan, Lianke - Dream of Ding Village
Yong, Jin - The Deer & the Cauldron
Yoshimoto, Banana - NP
Yoshinaga, Fumi - Ooku (comic)
Yu, Charles - How To Live Safely In A Science Fictional Universe


Short Story Author Recs

de Bodard, Aliette
Jia, Xia
Ken Liu
Lee, Yoon Ha
Loenen-Ruiz, Rochita
Narayan, Shweta
Owomoyela, An
Rahul Kanakia
Sofia Samatar
Sriduangkaew, Benjanun
Tidhar, Lavie
Vo, Nghi

Date: 2012-08-21 06:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] owlectomy
The correct spelling is Samuel Delany -- speaking of whom, a lot of people joke about how impossible Dhalgren is to read, but I would definitely recommend Stars In My Pocket Like Grains Of Sand.

Date: 2012-08-22 01:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sparkymonster
I find Delany's essays to be easier to digest and really amazing

Date: 2012-08-21 09:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cat_rood
I keep getting recc'ed Malorie Blackman.

Date: 2012-08-21 11:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yifu
Yan, Lianke - Dream of Ding Village. Amazon link.
Uehashi, Nahoko - Two of her Moribito books have been translated into English (Guardian of the Spirit and Guardian of the Darkness).
Edited Date: 2012-08-22 02:27 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-08-22 12:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] holyschist
Hopkinson - Skinfolk; Midnight Robber; The Salt Roads

Her first name is Nalo.

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