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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


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


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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