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6 Badass Black Author Book Releases of September 2021

Some women love to buy shoes, others prefer to buy clothes, and many women can’t get enough of buying hair products, jewelry, or perfume. While I like to dabble a little in all of the above categories, I simply cannot resist buying books—especially titles by Black authors!

With the start of September, I am awaiting in anticipation the release of some titles that I’m predicting are going to be AMAZING for different reasons and for different audiences.

Check out this list of book titles by Black authors being released this September 2021 and revel in the #BookNerd excitement coming to a shelf near you [and me]!

1. Tiffany D. Jackson is back with a new “psychological thriller and modern haunted house story” for teens and YA fans alike! White Smoke is set to be released on September 14, 2021 and will join Jackson’s previous title line-up, alongside Allegedly (2017), Monday’s Not Coming (2018), and Grown (2020).

2. Jewell Parker Rhodes’ upcoming release, Paradise on Fire is set to be a “powerful coming-of-age survival take exploring issues of race, class, and climate change,” and is scheduled to hit shelves on September 14, 2021. It will join Rhodes’ previous popular titles, Ghost Boys (2018) and Black Brother, Black Brother (2020).

3. Gabrielle Union has a sequel coming out titled, You Got Anything Stronger?: Stories, so get your adult beverages ready for September 14, 2021! After reading her debut title, We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True, something tells me her second title is going to be just as intimate and transparent—like talking with close friends.

4. Amanda Gorman brought the nation to its feet as a poet and activist when she delivered her poem, “The Hill We Climb” at U.S. President Joe Biden’s inauguration, and now she’s repackaging her poetic gift in a children’s book titled, Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem, that’s set to hit shelves on September 21, 2021. As the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate, she’s a great role model to bring this inspirational lyrical picture book to the next generation of youth leaders, and it is definitely a title you’ll want for all the little people in your life!

5. James Baldwin’s collected nonfiction that was originally released in September 1985, The Price of the Ticket: Collected Nonfiction 1948-1985, is being re-released on September 21, 2021. This compilation is of Baldwin’s “most powerful nonfiction work, calling on us ‘to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country’” that is still extremely relevant decades later. This title will elevate bookshelves everywhere and will still be a reference for conversation decades into the future.

6. Kwame Alexander has a packaged trio titled The Crossover Series Boxed Set coming to the hands of his young readers who have enjoyed one, two, or even all three titles within the set: Crossover, Booked, and Rebound. Even if you purchased them all separately before, definitely keep this set in mind for recommendations and future gifts. You can purchase the set as early as September 28, 2021!


Meloni Capria is a Wisconsin native who currently resides in Texas with her wife, 10-year-old son, and their three pet Yorkies. Her professional background is in Secondary Education and English Language Arts and Reading. She currently serves in the role of Editorial Assistant at Mango Publishing Group and is a collaborative partner at DOPE Publishing. She enjoys writing, watching movies, and all things related to marriage, parenting, and family.


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