Great Books/Stories by Women and People of Color

I feel that it’s one of my responsibilities as a writer to help uplift diversity in the literary sphere. Many of the most well-loved and well-known authors are either white, men, or both. Many more stories are about white people, men, or both. There is nothing inherently wrong with this, but it often comes at the expense of hearing non-white, non-male literary voices. Even when white men do diversity well in their books, they will be lauded as great storytellers over women and people of color who have done the same thing. In the same vein, this list won’t likely include white women who have written stories centrally focused on people of color.

With this list, I want to keep a record of books/stories/poems, etc. that are actually created by women/PoC, not just books about them. This is not an exhaustive list and anything that makes it on here is only what I’ve read and enjoyed, not any sort of definitive ranking.


1) The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat

2) Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

3) Women of the Silk by Gail Tsukiyama

4) The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

5) In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

6) Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

7) Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

8) The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

9) Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (this is a collection of comics)

10) Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

11) The Names They Gave Me by Tasbeeh Herwees

12) Civil Rights by Shanita Jackson and Dakota Oder (spoken word; transcript)

13) Rise of the Guardians (film) directed by Peter Ramsey

14) Frozen directed by Jennifer Lee

15) Tired by Angeley Crawford

16) Hamilton (Broadway musical) by Lin Manuel Miranda

17) When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmerelda Santiago

18) The Navarasa Potion Shop by Akshaya Raman


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