Best

Books

of 

2018

To celebrate the best in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction of 2018, the editors of Auburn Avenue picked their favorite books of the year. While our list is not exhaustive, it features a segment of the most exceptional releases from writers of color.

See our picks below (in chronological order by date of publication). 

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When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

Publication Date: January 16, 2018

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Locked Gray / Linked Blue: Stories

by Kem Joy Ukwu

Publication Date: February 6, 2018

Publisher: Brain Mill Press

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The Vain Conversation

by Anthony Grooms 

Publication Date: March 1, 2018

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press

Wade in the Water: Poems

by Tracy K. Smith

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

Publisher: Graywolf Press

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How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

by Alexander Chee

Publication Date: April 17, 2018

Publisher: Mariner Books

A Lucky Man: Stories

by Jamel Brinkley

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Publisher: Graywolf Press

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Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"

by Zora Neale Hurston

Publication Date: May 8, 2018

Publisher: Amistad

Indecency

by Justin Phillip Reed

Publication Date: May 8, 2018

Publisher: Coffee House Press

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No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America

by Darnell L. Moore

Publication Date: May 29, 2018

Publisher: Nation Books

New Poets of Native Nations

by Heid E. Erdrich

Publication Date: July 10, 2018

Publisher: Graywolf Press

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Taking The Arrow

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

by Alice Walker

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

Publisher: Atria / 37 INK

Odd One Out

by Nic Stone

Publication Date: October 9, 2018

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

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Heavy: An American Memoir

by Kiese Laymon

Publication Date: October 16, 2018

Publisher: Scribner

Friday Black

by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Publication Date: October 23, 2018

Publisher: Mariner Books

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