(DEV) Department of English

Black Lives Matter: Reading List

June 30, 2020

The Department of English would like to thank SFU Publishing for its contributions to this list.

American Publications

Baldwin, James, The Fire Next Time

*Ward, Jesmyn, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race (a follow-up to the James Baldwin book above)

Laymon, Kiese, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America

Malcolm X, The Ballot or the Bullet

Tyson, Timothy B., The Blood of Emmet Till

Ward, Jesmyn, Men We Reaped

Ward, Jesmyn, Sing, Unburied, Sing


Brown, Jericho, The Tradition

Harper, Michael S., “Deathwatch”

Hayes, Terrance, American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin

Rankine, Claudia, Citizen: An American Lyric


Do the Right Thing (1989 Spike Lee Film)

Hate Crimes in the Heartland (2014 documentary on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre)

Magazine article: Coates, Ta-Nehisi, “The Case for Reparations”

Canadian Publications

Allen, Lillian, Women Do This Every Day

Bitek, Juliane Okot, 100 Days

Booker, Fred, Adventures in Debt Collection

Braithwaite, Lawrence. Wigger

Brand, Dionne, The Blue Clerk: Ars Poetica in 59 Versos

Brand, Dionne, Thirsty

Brand, Dionne, Bread Out of Stone: Recollections, Sex, Recognitions, Race, Dreaming, Politics

Brand, Dionne, A Map to the Door of No Return

Chariandy, David, Brother

Chariandy, David, I've Been Meaning to Tell You: A Letter to My Daughter

Christmas, Jillian, The Gospel of Breaking

Clarke, Austin, The Meeting Point

Clarke, Austin, Public Enemies: Police Violence and Black Youth

Clarke, Austin, The Polished Hoe

Clarke, George Elliott, George and Rue

Cole, Desmond, The Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power

Compton, Wayde, 49th Parallel Psalm

Compton, Wayde (Ed.), Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature

Compton, Wayde, After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region

Compton, Wayde, The Outer Harbour

Cooper, Afua, The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal

Diverlus, Rodney, Sandy Hudson, & Syrus Marcus Ware (Eds.), Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada

Fraser, Michael, To Greet Yourself Arriving

French, Whitney (Ed.), Black Writers Matter

Gibson, Chantal, How She Read

Hopkinson, Nalo, Brown Girl in the Ring

Hudson, Peter (Ed.), North: New African Canadian Writing (West Coast Line_ 22 (31.1)

Hudson, Peter, “Black Pacific” Mix Magazine 22.3

Kellough, Kaie, Magnetic Equator

Knight, Chelene, Dear Current Occupant

L’Abbé, Sonnet, Sonnet’s Shakespeare

Lubrin, Canisia, The Dyzgraphxst

Mason-John, Valerie and Kevan Anthony Cameron (Eds.), The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry

Maynard, Robyn, Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present

Nicholson, Cecily, Wayside Sang

Nicholson, Cecily, From the Poplars

Philip, M. NourbeSe, Blank: Essays and Interview

Philip, M. NourbeSe, Selected Essays and Writings on Racism and Culture, 1984-1992

Philip, M. NourbeSe and Setaey Adamu Boateng, Zong!

Pierre, Terese Mason, Surface Area

Simpson, Betasamosake Leanne. “Constellations of Coresistance,” in As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance

Sumter-Freitag, Addena, Stay Black and Die

Vernon, Karina (Ed.), The Black Prairie Archives: An Anthology

Walcott, Rinaldo and Idil Abdillahi (Eds.), Black Life: Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom

Young, D’bi, dubbin poetry