The Black Panther movie phenomenon has produced a huge following and until the next Black Panther movie comes out, you may want to try some of the following books. There is a relatively new sub-genre of fantasy/speculative fiction that blends African and African American legends into a framework of fantasy to explore many weighty social issues. Some of the books can be found in the Young Adult Fiction section and some in the Adult Fiction. You can click on each book cover to link to the catalog to place a hold on the book.
The graphic novel series Black Panther by award winning author Ta-Nesihi Coates is a must. The series contains much of the Marvel Black Panther stories that were originally published in magazine form. There are six books in the series and they are highly recommended by T'Challa, king and protector of Wakanda as well as the author of this blog. They can be found in the Graphic Novel section.
Everfair by Nisi Shawl is a wonderful alternative history story with some steampunk and Victorian touches throughout the novel. It explores the question of what might have come of Belgium's disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated. A really interesting read.
Nnedi Okorafor is an international award-winning novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. The Binti series of books can be found in Adult Science Fiction but include a space African flavor. Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs. The series includes 4 Binti books at this time.
NNedi Okorafor is an excellent author with many awards.. A current favorite of this blogger is Who Fears Death?
Set in a wildly re-imagined Johannesburg, Zoo City swirls refugees, crime, the music industry, African magic and the nature of sin together into a headyd bre. Main character Zinzi has a talent for finding lost things. To save herself, she has to find the harest thing of all - the truth. Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty 419 scam habit and a talent for finding lost things. Lauren Beukes has written a speculative fantasy fiction that would make Black Panther characters as fierce as Shuri and Okoye, and Nakiaew proud.
This West African-inspired fantasy about a world that’s had its magic taken away is undoubtedly going to be the stunningly presented fantasy that can deliver a Wakanda-like sense of wonder. Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy. This newly released book is now available in the library.
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