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22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

Buzzfeed Books article by Issac Fitzgerald

Take a look at the first six here, then check out the complete list on Buzzfeed

1. Natalie Baszile

Pamela Dorman Books

Natalie Baszile is an essayist and the author of the novel Queen Sugar.


2. Mat Johnson



3. Edwidge Danticat

David Shankbone


Edwidge Danticat is the author of books such as Breath, Eyes, MemoryClaire of the Sea Light; and Brother, I’m Dying. Her young adult novel Untwine is coming out later this year.



4. Hilton Als


Hilton Als is the theater critic for the New Yorker and the author of the uncategorizable memoir/non-fiction hybrid The Women and the stunning essay collection White Girls.



5. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of the novels Purple HibiscusHalf of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah, as well as the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. She is also (so far) the only writer on this list to be featured in a Beyoncé song (her TED talk was sampled on “Flawless”).


6. James Hannaham

Little, Brown and Company

James Hannaham is the author of God Says No and the forthcoming novel Delicious Foods.



There are some familiar faces in the list and lots of new ones' that deserve more than a second look. This is a good list with book club/Good Reads favorites that fill in 'end of summer' vacay reads. Have you read any of these authors? What do you think of the list? Anyone else that should have been listed? Leave your comments below.

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