Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr's Recommended Reads

Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr's Recommended Reads

"Black people all over the world have persevered. This is seen and felt not just as a practice of resistance against oppressive forces, but as the joy, dignity, and well-being of a people."

Check out Chidiogo's full essay on Black Resistance here. [CW: Racism, racial violence, racial slurs]

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A powerful reimagination of what it was like to live in Africville in the 1960s through the eyes of a young girl.

Frying Plantain

Frying Plantain follows a girl from elementary school to high school graduation as she navigates Black identity in a predominantly white society.

I Am Because We Are

In this innovative memoir, a daughter tells the story of her mother, a pan-African hero who faced down misogyny and battled corruption in Nigeria.

Malaika’s Surprise

When Malaika finds out she is going to have a new baby brother or sister, she worries that her mother will forget about her. But a surprise arrives on Malaika’s birthday that gives her more reason to celebrate her family’s love.

Out of the Sun

Two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize winner and internationally bestselling author Esi Edugyan delivers an incisive analysis of the relationship between race and art.

This Lovely City

An atmospheric and utterly compelling debut novel about a Jamaican immigrant living in postwar London who becomes a prime suspect in a grisly crime.

Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged!

A picture-book biography of Viola Desmond, Canada’s Rosa Parks, who was arrested for refusing to sit in the segregated section of a movie theater.

When He Was Free and Young and He Used to Wear Silks

The first collection of short fiction from bestselling author Austin Clarke is a provocative exploration of the Black immigrant experience in Canada.