8 books by Black authors to gift for Father’s Day

Percival Everett, Walter Mosley, Hanif Abdurraqib, Kwame Alexander, Questlove, Common, Joél Leon, theGrio.com
Eight books by Black authors to gift to Black fathers. (Photo credit: Adobe Stock)

As we get closer to Father’s Day, some may be starting to scramble — and one of the best, yet still meaningful last-minute gifts is a book. Since you can shop for them all over, from airports to train stations to online, good reads are an epically convenient gift idea.

Beyond convenience, they also make really touching gifts for bookish dads whose idea of a good time is cracking open the latest by Walter Mosley (who has a new release, by the way). As gifts, books can feel both thoughtful and deeply personalized when you take the time to find one you know your father figure will enjoy. This year, there have been several new releases by high-profile and legendary Black authors, including a few released just this week.   

Below, we’ve gathered a list of eight books by Black authors released this year that could make great gifts for any bookworms out there. 

1. If he loved “American Fiction”

Percival Everett, Walter Mosley, Hanif Abdurraqib, Kwame Alexander, Questlove, Common, Joél Leon, theGrio.com
Doubleday

2. A good detective story 

Percival Everett, Walter Mosley, Hanif Abdurraqib, Kwame Alexander, Questlove, Common, Joél Leon, theGrio.com
Mulholland Books

3. For a guy in finance 

Percival Everett, Walter Mosley, Hanif Abdurraqib, Kwame Alexander, Questlove, Common, Joél Leon, theGrio.com
Penguin Random House

4. An epic sports story

Percival Everett, Walter Mosley, Hanif Abdurraqib, Kwame Alexander, Questlove, Common, Joél Leon, theGrio.com
Random House

5. Poetry by Black poets

Percival Everett, Walter Mosley, Hanif Abdurraqib, Kwame Alexander, Questlove, Common, Joél Leon, theGrio.com
Little, Brown and Company

6. For a hip-hop historian

Percival Everett, Walter Mosley, Hanif Abdurraqib, Kwame Alexander, Questlove, Common, Joél Leon, theGrio.com
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

7. To inspire wellness

Percival Everett, Walter Mosley, Hanif Abdurraqib, Kwame Alexander, Questlove, Common, Joél Leon, theGrio.com
HarperOne

8. For a meditation on manhood and fatherhood

Percival Everett, Walter Mosley, Hanif Abdurraqib, Kwame Alexander, Questlove, Common, Joél Leon, theGrio.com
Henry Holt and Co.
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