25 Bestselling Fiction Books for Full Year - 2021

AALBC’s Bestselling Book SealOur bestsellers list has been published continuously since 1998 and is the most visible list focused on Black Books in existence. You will learn about books selling well, in the Black community, that may never show up on lists published by larger corporate entities. Spread the word about our list, don’t let others determine which books are important.

Fiction: Voices of the Harlem Renaissance: Originally Published as The New Negro an Interpretation edited by Alain Locke and featuring a new introduction by AALBC’s Troy Johnson was the #1 fiction book for 2021. Voices, which was originally published almost 100 years ago, benefited from strong sales because it is an excellent treatment of The New Negro an Interpretation and we have focused on providing sales and distribution through independent channels.

Nonfiction: Sales of So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo surged immediately after the cruel murder of George Floyd. Readers, of all backgrounds, were anxious to understand the nature of racism how they could do something about it. More importantly, readers wanted to buy So You Want to Talk About Race, and similar title’s, from independent Black-owned booksellers. Sales have remained strong for these books more than a year later.

Children’s Books: Children’s books has been the top-selling category of books the past two years, which is really remarkable given the strength of nonfiction book sales (a close second). Born on the Water: The 1619 Project written by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson, and wonderfully illustrated by Nikkolas Smith, enjoyed a tremendous amount of support from virtually the entire bookselling community.

Poetry: Vice: New and Selected Poems by Ai Ogawa won a National Book Award in 1999, the year it was first published. Given the strength of the sales of Amanda Gorman’s Call Us What We Carry, the 22-year-old Vice topping all other poetry book sales is impressive.

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#1

Book cover of Voices of the Harlem Renaissance: Originally Published as The New Negro an Interpretation by Alain Locke and Introduction by Troy Johnson

Voices of the Harlem Renaissance

by Alain Locke and Introduction by Troy Johnson

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#3

Book cover of Harlem Hit & Run by Angela Dews

Harlem Hit & Run

by Angela Dews

(Unavailable for Sale)

#9

Book cover of Parable of the Sower & Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

Parable of the Sower & Parable of the Talents

by Octavia Butler

(Unavailable for Sale)

#10

Book cover of Blood Grove by Walter Mosley

Blood Grove

by Walter Mosley

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#11

Book cover of The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr.

The Prophets

by Robert Jones, et al.

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#13

Book cover of His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

His Only Wife

by Peace Adzo Medie

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#14

Book cover of A Glimmer of Death by Valerie Wilson Wesley

A Glimmer of Death

by Valerie Wilson Wesley

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#18

Book cover of Palmares by Gayl Jones

Palmares

by Gayl Jones

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#21

Book cover of Awaken by Timothy George

Awaken

by Timothy George

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#24

Book cover of Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick by Zora Neale Hurston and M. Genevieve West (editor)

Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick

by Zora Neale Hurston and M. Genevieve West (editor)

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#25

Book cover of Captain Blackman by John A. Williams

Captain Blackman

by John A. Williams

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