HOLAA Loves: Books on and by queer African & African Diasporic women

We love a good book. Sometimes there is nothing better than curling up with a blanket, a glass of wine and a great piece of literature. And this is even better when the book is written by one of our own sisters. Therefor we thought it would be a good idea to bring together a list of books, non-fiction and fiction, by and about LBT/queer women in Africa and the African Diaspora.

Thank you to Cosmic Yoruba for helping us with this epic list!

(Updated: 30.06.2016)


Author: Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene Book(s): Kalyani: How I Got OverFor Sizakele

Author: Nnenna Marcia Book:  Africa Hot: West African Stories of Sex and Love

Author: April Sinclair Book: Coffee will make you black

Author: Dolar Vasani Book: Not Yet Uhuru (lesbian flash fiction tales- Kindle and Paper back version)

Author: (ed) Unoma Azuah Book: Blessed Body (interview) (kindle and paperback).

Author: Various Book(s): Queer Africa, Proudly Malawian

Author: Sonwabiso Ngcowa Book: In Search of Happiness

Author(s): Various Book: Walking the Tight Rope Anthology

Author: Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde Book: Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde

Author: Staceyann Chin Book: The Other Side of Paradise: A Memoir

Author: Fiona Zedde  Book(s): Rise of the Rain QueenBlissWhen She Says YesDesire at DawnEvery Dark DesireNightshade: A Novella

Author: Skyy Book(s): Choices, Consequences, Crossroads, Full Circle, Southern Comfort

Author: Christiana Harrell; Book: Girl: A story for every Les Being

Author: Jolie du Pre Book: Iridescence: Sensuous Shades of Lesbian Erotica

Author: Shonia Brown Book: Longing, Lust and Love: Black Lesbian Stories

Author: Devon W. Carbado Book: Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual African American Fiction

Author: Fatima Warsame Book: Loving You Wasn’t Enough (Kindle Version)

Author: Various (eds.) S. Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle Book: Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction (Kindle Version)

Author: Natalie Simone Book: The Crave Collection Trilogy

Author: Cheril N. Clarke Books: Losing ControlTainted Destiny,  Love and Marriage: The Gay and Lesbian Guide to Dating and RomanceThe Beautiful People: New OrleansThe Beautiful People: Las Vegas

Author: Cherry Muhanji Book: Tight Spaces (Singular Lives)Her

Author: April Sinclair Book: Coffee will make you black

Author: B.L. Wilson Book: Safe Haven

Author: Oliva Renee Wallace Book(s): In Pursuit of Joi, She Say, She Say

Author: Shonda Book: She Slipped and Fell

Author: Rebekah Weatherspoon Book(s): The Fling, At Her Feet, Treasure

Author: Anna J Book(s): My Little Secret, My Woman, His Wife

Author: K.A.Smith Book(s): Here She Comes, Dress for Success, Tasting Room, Gina’s Do-Over Parking, Hot for It, Get at Me

Author: Portia M. Delaney Book: First Taste: Kendra

Author: Sheree L. Greer Book: Let The Lover Be

Author: Literary Stud Books: Maxi’s Place, The Bewitching Hour

Author: Phoenix Rising Books: The Vagitarian Chronicles (erotica), From My Heart to Hers: a letter of love (poetry).

Author: Diriye Osman Book: Fairytales of Children

Author: Teryn Williams Book: Rose from the Bayou

Author: Dionne Brand Book: In Another Place, Not Here, Land to Light On, thirsty

Author: KS Augustin Book: War Games

Author: Chinelo Okparanta Books: Happiness Like Water, Under The Udala Trees

Author: A.C. Mims Book: Pieces of Her

Author: La’Toya A. Debardelaben Book: Kissin’ Below The Belt

Author: Shea Word Book: Just You & Me

Author: Saruuh Kelsey Book: The Beast of Callaire

Author: Nalo Hopkinson Book(s): The Chaos, The Salt Roads

Author: Tanai Walker Book: Sacred Fire

Author: S. Renée Bess Book(s): Leave of Absence, The Rules

Author: Alexis De Veaux Book: Yabo

Author: V.A. Fearon Book: The Girl with the Treasure Chest

Author: Laurinda D. Brown Book: Walk Like A Man

Author: Nikki Rashan Book(s): Double Pleasure, Double Pain; You Make Me Wanna; Cyber Case; The Exchange

Author: Renne Cronin Book: Tastes Like Cherry

Author: Nik Nicholson Book: Descendants of Hagar

Author: Jacqueline Koyanagi Book: Ascension

Author: Mia McKenzie Book: The Summer We Got Free

Author: T. Jurrette Book: Finding Us

Author: LaToya Hankins Book: SBF Seeking…

Author: Jabulile Bongiwe Ngwenya Book: I Ain’t Yo Bitch

Author: Sean Reynolds Book: Dying for a Change

Author: Odessa Rose Book: Water in a Broken Glass

Author: Kionne Nicole Book: The Space Our Love Demands

Author: Jewelle L. Gomez Book: The Gilda Stories

Author: Ann Alley Shockley Book: Loving Her


Author: Staceyann Chin Book: The Other Sides of Paradise

Authors: Davis, Kortright and Elias Farajaje-Jones Book:  African Creative Expressions of the Divine

Author: Various Book: African Sexualities: A Reader Ed. Sylvia Tamale

Authors: Ruth Morgan and Saskia Wieringa Book:  Tommy Boys, Lesbian Men and Ancestral Wives: Female Same-Sex Practices in Africa

Author: Nkunzi Zandile Nkabinde Book:  Black Bull, Ancestors and Me: My Life as a Lesbian Sangoma

Author: Audre Lorde Book(s):  Zami: A New Spelling of My NameThe Collected Poems of Audre LordeSister Outsider: Essays and Speeches

Author: Alice Walker Book The Light of my father’s smile

Author: Anondra Williams Book(s)Black Girl LoveSistaGirl, Pat Greene (Kindle Version)

Author(s): Various Book: Senseisha: Memoirs of the Caribbean Woman


For more books check out this list of 21 Black LesBiQueer Authors & novelists

*Update: Some titles were credited to the wrong author, Cheril N. Clarke has now been credited with the right books. Anondra Williams has had a book added to her list.

If you have any books we could add to this list let us know on info@holaafrica.org. 

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