2013 Preview: Books By and About African Americans

December 13, 2012 ‐ By Kimberly Maul

Looking ahead to 2013, several well-known and newly-famous African-American authors are coming out with new books. Additionally, several books focusing on the black experience are also debuting. Check out some books Madame Noire is excited for in early 2013!


Ayana MathisThe Twelve Tribes of HattieDecember 2012
Ayana Mathis struck gold. Her debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, was chosen by Oprah to be featured for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Published by Knopf, Twelve Tribes was written while Mathis was studying at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and follows one family through the generations, including the titular Hattie as she participates in the Great Migration to the North from the South.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie has been well received by critics, including The New York TimesMichiko Kakutani and a starred review in Kirkus Reviews, and the publication date was pushed up to accommodate Lady O herself.

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  • MissWildfire

    I’d like to read the Twelve Tribes of Hattie book and the new Sista Souljah book, which was featured on this site before.