Blackout Bestseller List Initiative


It’s not too late to support the #BlackoutBestsellerList initiative!

The call to action was started by Amistad Books (@ amistadbooks on Twitter), to encourage readers to buy any two books by Black authors between June 13 and June 20. The goal is to Blackout bestseller lists with Black voices.

black background with white text which says: Black publishing power. To demonstrate our power and clout in the publishing industry, Sunday June 14 to Saturday June 20, we encourage you to purchase any two books by Black writers. Our goal is to Blackout bestseller lists with Black voices. #BlackoutBestsellerList #Blackpublishingpower

[Image created by Amistad Books. Image description: black background with white text which says: Black publishing power. To demonstrate our power and clout in the publishing industry, Sunday June 14 to Saturday June 20, we encourage you to purchase any two books by Black writers. Our goal is to Blackout bestseller lists with Black voices. 
#BlackoutBestsellerList #Blackpublishingpower]

If you’re looking for books by Black writers, there are many, many, many lists available just a short Google search away to help you find authors in the genres you’re interested in. Here’s a list of 2019 fantasy novels by Black writers: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/133320.2019_Fantasy_and_Science_Fiction_Books_by_Black_Authors
And books out or coming out this year: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/133321.2020_Fantasy_and_Science_Fiction_Books_by_Black_Authors

Below are the books I’ve chosen to help support Black authors this week.

My Picks

The Killing Moon, by N. J. Jemisin
Link to paperback: https://bookshop.org/books/the-killing-moon/9780316187282
Description from Bookshop.org: “In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers – the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those judged corrupt.But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh’s great temple, Ehiru – the most famous of the city’s Gatherers – must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering dreamers in the goddess’ name, stalking its prey both in Gujaareh’s alleys and the realm of dreams. Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill – or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic.”

Kingdom of Souls, by Rena Barron
Link to paperback: https://bookshop.org/books/kingdom-of-souls/9780062870964
Description from Bookshop.org: “Heir to two lines of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. Yet she fails at bone magic, fails to call upon her ancestors, and fails to live up to her family’s legacy. Under the disapproving eye of her mother, the Kingdom’s most powerful priestess and seer, she fears she may never be good enough.

But when the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, Arrah is desperate enough to turn to a forbidden, dangerous ritual. If she has no magic of her own, she’ll have to buy it–by trading away years of her own life.

Arrah’s borrowed power reveals a nightmarish betrayal, and on its heels, a rising tide of darkness that threatens to consume her and all those she loves. She must race to unravel a twisted and deadly scheme… before the fight costs more than she can afford.”

Resources Other Than Amazon

I also recommend buying from sources other than Amazon if you can. Sites like bookshop.org and indiebound.org help to support indie bookstores.

You can also take this week’s initiative a step further and buy from Black-owned bookstores. A good list to start from can be found here: https://blog.libro.fm/black-owned-bookstores-to-support-right-now-and-always/

Also, PLEASE remember to leave reviews, share recommendations, share on social media — basically do whatever you do when you like a book. Getting the word out about a book you love is just as important to supporting that author as buying the book!

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