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2021 Books To Read by Indigenous Authors

November 12, 2021

From exciting fiction and nonfiction, we are sure you’ll find something to pique your interest.

There are some exceptionally talented Indigenous authors with new books releasing in 2021. These books are from various genres, both fiction and nonfiction, and we are sure you’ll find something to pique your interest. So make space on your bookshelves, stop by your favorite indie bookstore, and make those library requests after you’ve browsed our list of 2021 books to read by Indigenous authors!

The Removed by Brandon Hobson

The Removed by Brandon Hobson

Steeped in Cherokee myths and history, a novel about a fractured family reckoning with the tragic death of their son long ago—from National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson….READ MORE

Dog Flowers by Danielle Geller

Dog Flowers by Danielle Geller

A daughter returns home to the Navajo reservation to retrace her mother’s life in a memoir that is both a narrative and an archive of one family’s troubled history…READ MORE

The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson

The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson

A haunting novel spanning several generations, The Seed Keeper follows a Dakhóta family’s struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most….READ MORE

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

A haunting novel spanning several generations, The Seed Keeper follows a Dakhóta family’s struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most…READ MORE

My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

In her quickly gentrifying rural lake town Jade sees recent events only her encyclopedic knowledge of horror films could have prepared her for in this latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, New York Times bestselling author Stephen Graham Jones…READ MORE

Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline

Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline

An engrossing, action-packed, deftly-drawn novel expands on the world of Cherie Dimaline’s award-winning The Marrow Thieves, and it will haunt readers long after they’ve turned the final page….READ MORE

When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky by Margaret Verble

When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky by Margaret Verble

Louise Erdrich meets Karen Russell in this deliciously strange and daringly original novel from Pulitzer Prize finalist Margaret Verble: set in 1926 Nashville, it follows a death-defying young Cherokee horse-diver who, with her companions from the Glendale Park Zoo, must get to the bottom of a mystery that spans centuries….READ MORE

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

The Sentence by Louise Erdrich

In this stunning and timely novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story, a tale of passion, of a complex marriage, and of a woman’s relentless errors….READ MORE

What do you think about the books on this list?

Have you read any books from this list?  What are your favorite books by Indigenous authors?  What books would you add to the list?

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