For Black History month, we wanted to shine our light on the tremendous work done by African-American and black women fiction authors.
Ms. Flournoy received her BA from University of Southern California and studied at the Iowa Writer's Workshop. She has taught writing at University of Iowa, Trinity Washington University, and the DC Public Library.
Ms. Flournoy was a fellow for the Rona Jaffe Foundation at the New York Public Library's Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers (2016-2017). She was a fellow for the National Endowment for the Arts (2018).
Her bestselling debut novel, The Turner House (2015 and 2016), was the Black Caucus of the American Library Association 1st Novelist Award Winner (2106) and won VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. The book was chosen as the Amazon Top 100 Editors' Pick of the Year (2106), a Michigan Notable Book (2016), A New York Times Notable Book of the Year (2015), Buzzfeed's 24 Best Fiction Books (2015) and a New York Times Editors' Choice. Her book was nominated for the NAACP Image Awards, "Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author" (2015). The Turner House was short-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the Ernest Gaines Award and long-listed for NBCC John Leonard Prize for A Debut Novel. The novel was a finalist for Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award.
Looking for something to read? We'd encourage you to read The Turner House.