What new books by Indigenous authors are you adding to your TBR? Indigenous people have been writing books for centuries, yet their voices are often left out of the literary conversation. Let’s celebrate the work of Indigenous authors by reading and discussing their books. From poetry to nonfiction to horror novels, there is something for everyone. You won’t be disappointed!
- Check out our 16 Must-Read Books by Indigenous Authors book list.
- We also have a 2021 Books by Native American Authors book list.
- We recommend checking out the Indigenous Peoples Movement if you’re interested in taking direct action to support Indigenous rights and culture.
Probably Ruby by Lisa Bird-Wilson
An Indigenous woman adopted by white parents goes in search of her identity in this unforgettable debut novel about family, race, and history.
Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha LaPointe
An Indigenous artist blends the aesthetics of punk rock with the traditional spiritual practices of the women in her lineage in this bold, contemporary journey to reclaim her heritage and unleash her power and voice while searching for a permanent home.
Poukahangatus by Tayi Tibble
The American debut of an acclaimed young poet as she explores her identity as a twenty-first-century Indigenous woman. Poem by poem, Tibble carves out a bold new way of engaging history, of straddling modernity and ancestry, desire and exploitation.
Don’t Fear the Reaper by Stephen Graham Jones
December 12th, 2019, Jade returns to the rural lake town of Proofrock the same day as convicted Indigenous serial killer Dark Mill South escapes into town to complete his revenge killings in this riveting sequel to My Heart Is a Chainsaw from New York Times bestselling author, Stephen Graham Jones.
Benevolence by Julie Janson
Blending the mythical power of Téa Obreht and the epic scope of Min Jin Lee, a searing historical novel that tells a story of colonization, survival, and resistance in a way never done before–a beautiful, brilliant, and brutal reimagining of the first contact between Indigenous people and white British settlers and the far-reaching consequences for one Aboriginal girl coming of age in an unsteady and dangerous world.
The Seven Circles: Indigenous Teachings for Living Well by Chelsey Luger, Thosh Collins
In this revolutionary self-help guide, two beloved Native American wellness activists offer wisdom for achieving spiritual, physical, and emotional wellbeing rooted in Indigenous ancestral knowledge.
White Horse by Erika T. Wurth
Erika T. Wurth’s White Horse is a gritty, vibrant debut novel about an Indigenous woman who must face her past when she discovers a bracelet haunted by her mother’s spirit.
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