Black History Month Reading List

February 2022

Jacob Lawrence, This Harlem, 1943, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

The Third Life of Grange Copeland by Alice Walker 

Sula by Toni Morrison 

The Tradition by Jericho Brown 

Cantos by George Elliott Clarke

Zong! by M. NourbeSe Philip

Selected Poems of Gwendolyn Brooks

Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks

March Trilogy by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin

A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page 

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs 

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals by Sadiya Hartman

Pride Reading List

June 2021

Fiction Novels

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown 

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski 

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin 

Lyric Sexology by Trish Salah

Love After the End edited by Joshua Whitehead

All My Mother’s Lover by Ilana Masad 

Romance in Marseille by Claude Mckay 

Non-Fiction Novels

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde 

A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt

Care Of by Ivan Coyote 

Tomorrow Will Be Different by Sarah McBride 

We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib

Alternative Mediums

Full-metal Indigiqueer: Poems by Joshua Whitehead

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (graphic novel)

Asian Heritage Month Reading List

May 2021


How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa

For Today I am a Boy by Kim Fu

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto 

The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa 

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami 

Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains by Yasuko Thanh 

An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim 

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu 


Chop Suey Nation by Ann Hui

Being Chinese in Canada by William Ging Wee Dere

Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related by Jenny Heijun Wills

Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid by Evelyn Lau

Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee 

Two Trees Make a Forest by Jessica J. Lee


Pineapple Express by Evelyn Lau

Burning Province by Michael Prior

Mythical Man by David Ly

Flow by Roy Miki 

Hybrida by Tina Chang 

February Reading Roundup

Looking for some books to add to your to read list? Interested in getting into new genres, authors, or topics? Check out what we’ve been reading and talking about this month at the HHL&LC! Keep an eye on our Instagram for weekly book recommendations and don’t miss the Endnote podcast, where we discuss these titles and more with writers, readers, and academics.

Black No More by George Schuyler

Fledgling by Octavia Butler

The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

Prufrock and Other Observations by T.S. Eliot

There Will Come Soft Rains, in Flame and Shadow by Sara Teasdale

Aimless Love by Billy Collins

Reproduction by Ian Williams

Black History Month

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non-Fiction Novels on black history and black futures
  1. Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis
  2. Where Do We Go From Here by Martin Luther King Jr.
  3. The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James
  4. Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard
  5. The Hanging of Angelique by Afua Cooper
black writers based in Canada
  1. Esi Edugyan
  2. George Elliott Clarke
  3. Whitney French
  4. Dionne Brand
  5. Nalo Hopkinson
  6. Evan Winter
  7. Bertrand Bickersteth
  8. Francesca Ekwuyasi
  9. Austin Clarke
  10. Lawrence Hill
Fiction Novels and Poetry by black writers
  1. How She Read by Chantal Gibson
  2. Kindred by Octavia Butler
  3. The Gospel of Breaking by Jillian Christmas
  4. Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James
  5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  6. Dhalgren  by Samuel R. Delaney
  7. Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn
  8. Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat
  9. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  10. Nine Men Who Laughed by Austin Clarke
essays and anthologies on black history and culture
  1. Blank by M. NourbeSe Philip
  2. Black Writers Matter edited by Whitney French
  3. Well-Read Black Girl by Glory Edim
  4. Queer Returns by Rinaldo Walcott
  5. Until We Are Free edited by Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson, and Syrus Marcus Ware
Children’s Literature about Black history, social justice, and Anti-Racism
  1. Runaway by Ray Anthony Shepard and Keith Mallett
  2. I Promise by Lebron James
  3. The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
  4. I Am Enough by Grace Byers
  5. Lift as you Climb by Patricia Hruby Powell and R. Gregory Christie
Movies by Black creatives (2020-2021)
  1. Judas and the Black Messiah dir. Shaka King
  2. One Night in Miami dir. Regina King
  3. Da 5 Bloods dir. Spike Lee
  4. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottoms dir. George C. Wolfe
  5. The United States vs. Billie Holiday dir. Lee Daniels
  6. Respect dir. Liesl Thomas
  7. Forty-Year Old Version dir. Radha Black
  8. The Photograph dir. Stella Meghie
  9. Miss Juneteenth dir. Channing Godfry Peoples
  10. Premature dir. Rashaad Ernesto Green
Television by Black Creatives
  1. Lovecraft Country
  2. I May Destroy You
  3. Insecure
  4. Atlanta
  5. Watchmen
  6. Pose
  7. Dear White People
  8. Black Girl Comedy Sketch
  9. When They See Us
  10. Black Monday

January Reading Roundup

Happy New Year! If your New Year’s resolution was to read more books in 2021, look no further- here’s a list of all the books the Lit and Lib Committee has been talking about over the past month. Keep an eye on our Instagram for weekly book recommendations and don’t miss the Endnote podcast, where we discuss these titles and more with writers, readers, and academics.

In the Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

The President by Miguel Ángel Asturias

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis

The White Album by Joan Didion

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Dubliners by James Joyce

Happy if You Know It, pub. With/out Pretend Press

Seven to Eternity by Rick Reminder and Jerome Opeñas

Holiday Reading List

Winter 2020

Ages 13-17

View the interactive reading list here.

Online Library Instructions

The Classics

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Homes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Ariel by Sylvia Plath

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

The Telltale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe

And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Dubliners by James Joyce

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin

New Classics

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha

Dumplin by Julie Murphy

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Tales of the Feathered Serpent by David Bowles

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Check out this document for an expanded list of titles!

November Reading Roundup

Happy holidays! If you’re looking for something to read over the winter break, explore this list of everything the HHL&LC read and chatted about over the past month. Visit our Instagram for weekly book recommendations or catch up on the Endnote Podcast to hear discussions about some of these amazing titles!

What We All Long For- Dionne Brand

Lives of the Saints- Nino Ricci

She Tries Her Tongue, the Silence Softly Breaks- M. NourbeSe Philip

A Journal of the Plague Year- Daniel Defoe

And the Band Played On- Randy Schultz

Whylah Falls- George Elliot Clarke

Frying Plantain- Zalika Reid-Benta

The Ward- John Lorinc, Tatum Taylor, Michael McCelland, and Ellen Scheinberg

Riot- Andrew Moodie

The Stowaway Debutante- Rebecca Diem

October Reading Roundup

We can’t believe it’s already November! Just in time for reading week, we’re bringing you a list of everything we read and chatted about reading at the HHL&LC in the month of October. Visit our Instagram for weekly book recommendations or catch up on the Endnote Podcast to hear discussions about some of these amazing titles!

States of Separation- Laura Robson

Born a Crime- Trevor Noah

Family Happiness and Other Stories- Leo Tolstoy

What is Not Yours is Not Yours- Helen Oyeyemi

The Color Purple- Alice Walker

The Geography of Hope- Chris Turner

Shake Hands with the Devil– Roméo Dallaire

New Index for Predicting Catastrophes- Madhur Anand

The Break– Katherine Vermette

September Reading Roundup

Happy September! We hope you’re enjoying the new semester. In between readings and assignments (and maybe sometimes while procrastinating readings and assignments) here’s what we’ve been taking a break from the screen to read this month. Visit our Instagram for weekly book recommendations and check out the Endnote Podcast to hear discussions about some of these amazing works!

My Brilliant Friend- Elena Ferrante

The Idiot- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay- Michael Chabon

Stargirl– Jerry Spinelli

Breakfast of Champions– Kurt Vonnegut

From the Ashes- Jesse Thistle

Islands of Decolonial Love- Leanne Simpson

No Man in the House- Cecil Foster

Night Sky With Exit Wounds- Ocean Vuong