Novel Collections

Since the Project's founding in 1983, HBW's mission has been to identify texts that have been lost to history and advocate for their return, to promote the awareness of the works by African American authors, and to create opportunities for learning about and engaging them. Our collection currently holds over 1000 well-known and lesser-known novels by African American writers. This database displays our holdings by decade.

Upcoming Events

Celebrating the Life of Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick

The Project on the History of Black Writing joins the Furious Flower Poetry Center in a memorial tribute to Kendrick's life and work.

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