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Boston Public Library Celebrates Black History Month with “Black Is” Booklist

by rlavery

blackis2018coverBoston Public Library honors Black History Month with its annual “Black Is” booklist, a list of recent works concerning the African American experience compiled by staff librarians with annotations for all to enjoy.  Categories of books include international, teen, and urban fiction, and biography/memoir, expressions, and history and contemporary issues in nonfiction. Copies of the booklist will be available at all library locations this week and is available in pdf format on the BPL website.

The curated list includes authors such as actor and comedian Kevin Hart, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Imbolo Mbue, Sadeqa Johnson, Nnedi Okorafor, and more.

Previous “Black Is” booklists can be found via Boston Public Library also celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with an annual “Latino Life” Booklist, and a “We Are Pride” booklist in June.

Programs honoring Black History Month can be viewed via, which include a Sidney Poitier film Series, children’s programs, lectures, and more.


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