10 Bestselling Fiction Books for January/February - 2023

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 corporate entities. Spread the word about our list; don’t let one or two lists, we don’t control, determine which books are important.

For the first time, The top three fiction “books” are literary journals. The Killens Review is a fixture on our list making it 8 times. midnight & indigo, a literary journal dedicated to short fiction and narrative essays by Black women writers, makes its debut on our list this period.

Reparations on Fire: How and Why it’s Spreading Across America by Nkechi Taifa is an AALBC bestseller not just because it is an important book, but Taifa makes a point of encouraging readers to buy her books from black-owned bookstores.

Children’s Books:
An American Story, written by Kwame Alexander and Illustrated by Dare Coulter is not only the bestselling children’s book, it is the bestselling book overall this period!

Poetry did well during this period with work from award-winning poets Yusef Komunyakaa, John Keene, and Tyehimba Jess making the list.

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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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Book cover of Running to Fall: A Novel by Kalisha Buckhanon

Running to Fall

by Kalisha Buckhanon

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Book cover of Jackal by Erin E. Adams


by Erin E. Adams

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Book cover of When We Were Birds by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

When We Were Birds

by Ayanna Lloyd Banwo

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