A stunning first novel about two young Black artists in London falling in and out of love by a new literary virtuoso and finalist for the BBC Short Story Award, twenty-six-year-old writer and photographer Caleb Azumah Nelson. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby or an eBook on Hoopla.
For Black History Month 2024, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is celebrating the Black experience in art, centering both Black artists and subjects. Historically, Black artists have, and continue, to create, shape, inspire, and pioneer visual arts, music, cultural movements and more. Join us as we honor the Black experience through book displays, resources, library programs and community events happening this February and throughout the year! Celebrate Black History Month with these book picks!
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Sometimes the process of finding one’s voice asks the individual to make sacrifices and overcome internal obstacles. Even though Cece, the main character in “Dances” finds success in her life as the first Black ballerina in a prestigious company, she is plagued by feeling like an outsider. Cece must make difficult choices to choose between her passion and talent for dance, while acknowledging the pressures of systemic barriers and family history to self-actualization.
Music professor Bern Hendricks discovers a shocking secret about the most famous American composer of all time–his music may have been stolen from a Black Jazz Age prodigy named Josephine Reed. Determined to uncover the truth that a powerful organization wants to keep hidden, Bern will stop at nothing to right history’s wrongs and give Josephine the recognition she deserves. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and eAudio Book on Libby.
For Glory Hopkins, inheriting her Aunt Lucille’s Harlem brownstone feels more like a curse than a blessing. As a restless artist struggling to find gallery representation, Glory doesn’t have the money, time, or patience to look after the aging house of an aunt she barely knew. But when she stumbles into Parkie de Groot, a savvy, ambitious auction house appraiser on the verge of a coveted promotion, her unexpected inheritance begins to look more promising. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby.
Set primarily on the island of Ibiza, the story is narrated by the writer Amanda Wordlaw, whose closest friend, a gifted sculptor named Catherine Shuger, is repeatedly institutionalized for trying to kill a husband who never leaves her. The three form a quirky triangle on the white-washed island. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby.
A father’s sudden disappearance exposes the private fears, dreams, longings, and joys of a Black American family in the late decades of the twentieth century, in this page-turning and intimate new novel from the author of The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls.
Mickey Hayward dreams of writing stories that matter. She has a flashy media job that makes her feel successful and a devoted girlfriend who takes care of her when she comes home exhausted and demoralized. It’s not all A-list parties and steamy romance, but Mickey’s on her way, and it’s far from the messy life she left behind in Maryland. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook on Libby and as an eBook and eAudio Book on hoopla.
Our narrator is a gifted photographer, an uncertain wife, an infertile mother, a biracial woman in an unraveling America. As she grapples with a lifetime of ambivalence about motherhood, yet another act of police brutality makes headlines, and this time the victim is Noah, a boy in her photography class. This title is also available for checkout as an eAudio Book on Libby and hoopla.
When Shane and Eva meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their buried traumas, but the eyebrows of the Black literati. What no one knows is that fifteen years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. While they may be pretending not to know each other, they can’t deny their chemistry–or the fact that they’ve been secretly writing to each other in their books through the years. This title is also available for checkout as an eBook and eAudio Book on Libby.