4 Bestselling Poetry Books for September/October - 2022

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. More ▶

Brittani Williams’ novel, The Streets Keep Pulling Me Back, tops our fiction category this month. Williams is brand new to our website—we’re still updating her profile and adding the rest of her titles to our site!

Viola Davis’s memoir, Finding Me is the top-selling book across all categories for this period. Finding Me has been on our bestsellers list since it was published in April of this year.

Children’s Books:
Sailing Commitment Around the World with Captain Bill Pinkney by Bill Pinkney, Illustrated by Pamela C. Rice tops our children’s list and is one of the bestselling children’s books this year.

A 4-time AALBC bestseller, The 100 Best African American Poems edited by award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni is one of AALBC’s all-time bestselling books of poetry.

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Book cover of The Tradition by Jericho Brown

The Tradition

by Jericho Brown

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