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For #BlackHistoryMonth, we're taking a look at our favorite African-American female fiction authors -- Octavia Butler

For #BlackHistoryMonth, we're taking a look at our favorite African-American female fiction authors -- 1rst - Zora Neale Hurston

For Black History month, we'd like to share some of our favorite African-American women fiction authors.

I'm embarrassed to say that a few years ago, I was completely unaware of how many African-American women have written successful fiction. They get such little attention. That we thought it might be nice to shine a light on the tremendous work done by  African-American women fiction authors.

So here we go --

Our first is Zora Neale Hurston.

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Ms. Hurston took an unapologetic look at race relations and life in the early 20th century. Her characters are rich and interesting. They dive right to the heart of post-slavery south. If you're an author, do yourself a favor and check out her Wikipedia page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zora_Neale_Hurston

If you haven't read her, it's not surprising. Her work was mostly unknown until Alice Walker used her celebrity and fame to shine a light on her. Ms. Walker wrote an article called "In search of Zora Neale Hurston" for Ms. Magazine.

Ms. Hurston's latest book was published last year, in 2018. The book was created from series of interviews of Cudjo Lewis, a survivor of the last slave ship which landed on US soil, the Clotilda. (It's important to note here that the Clotilda brought slaves to the US long after the import of slaves was banned. Further, most historians never believed the ship existed, let alone landed on US soil. The wreckage was found in 2018.)

We recommend you start reading Ms. Hurston with her most famous novel -- Their Eyes Were Watching God. Here's a link: https://amzn.to/2t0UJxi

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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