20 Bestselling Fiction Books for July/August - 2023
Voices of the Harlem Renaissance tops the fiction list due to the strength of sales at the Tulisoma South Dallas Book Fair. The #2 book this period, Coleman Hill: A Biomythography by Kim Coleman Foote deserves special note because its publication date is September 5, 2023, but it has been a bestselling book since our March /April list!
In Spite of the Consequences: Prison Letters on Exoneration, Abolition, and Freedom by activist Latino Hamilton, who was wrongly jailed for 26 years because of a wrongful conviction, is the #1 fiction title this period. In our review, Robert Fleming favorably compares it to the work of George Jackson, Huey Newton, Angela Davis, Eldridge Cleaver, and Malcolm X.
Jelani’s Key by D. Amari Jackson debuts at #1 on the strength of presales. Published by AALBC Books for Young Readers, we will have the book launch in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, September 9.
So to Speak, “a powerful, timely, dazzling new collection of poems from the National Book Award-winning author of Lighthead,” Terrance Hayes tops all poetry book sales this period.
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