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20 Black women authors with 2019 book releases you need on your shelves

It goes without saying that the national mood is ripe for women—and particularly Black women—to speak up and speak out about what they think, feel, and know. So in that spirit, and in honor of Women’s History Month, here are 20 new and upcoming releases from Black women authors that you should be reading this year. Some of the authors are venerable vets you know, others are notable newbies you’re invited to discover. All of them will allow you to slow things down to escape for a little bit of literary luxury, and give you something to talk about when you come up for air. Happy reading!

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