One year ago, we published Part II of our “Read Women of Color Booklist.” Parts I and II of the list were curated through informal conversations and calls for participation from our staff’s community--and the response was overwhelming.
It’s not hard to figure out why. People of color, femmes, nonbinary folks, and queer folks are incredible writers. We write beautiful, moving, empowering, challenging, complex, sexy, hilarious, and deeply brilliant novels, nonfiction, poetry, and more.
And yet, books by femmes of color are too often underrepresented in bookstores, libraries, book lists, and bookshelves lining the walls of private homes.
I chose to rename this third iteration of book lists to “Read Books by Femmes of Color” in an effort to de-center cis folks from narratives of womanhood. This is the continuation of an ongoing effort to celebrate the work of all femmes of color, including trans and GNC femmes..
I hope to create these lists more often and for as long as femmes of color keep writing brilliant books, which will be forever.
If you love any books by femmes of color that are not included in any of our published lists and want to share their incredible work with our community, please let us know by sending your suggestions here.
***This list is arranged in random order and does not reflect any form of ranking***