Diverse Anthologies You Should Read In 2019

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In recent years, there have been calls for more diverse books, which have led to an increase in the number of diverse books published and more interest in those previously published. This is a welcome improvement because the world is diverse so why shouldn’t it be reflected in our literature? I’m glad to see that this has also extended to anthologies as more diverse anthologies have been published in recent times. Here’s to more diverse books and everyone getting a chance to tell their stories!

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New Daughters of Africa Diverse Anthology Book Cover

New Daughters of Africa edited by Margaret Busby

The follow up to the Daughters of Africa anthology that was published in 1994. This anthology is a collection of writings by female authors of African descent, both established and new.

It features works from over 200 writers including Sefi Atta, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Ayesha Harruna Attah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Imbolo Mbue, Natalia Molebatsi and Tiphanie Yanique.

This is one book I’ve resolved to read before the end of this year. With stories focusing on sexuality, gender, race, tradition and so much more, this anthology is one you should definitely add to your reading list. If you haven’t read Daughters of Africa, you should also add that to your list as well.


Hungry Hearts Book Cover

Hungry Hearts edited by Caroline Tung Richmond and Elsie Chapman

A collection of short stories centered around food, family, and culture. It features stories by several YA authors including Jay Coles, Anna-Marie McLemore, Sandhya Menon, Sangu Mandanna, S. K. Ali and Rebecca Roanhorse.

It explores the many meanings food can take on – it can hold memories, it can be magical, it can be used to express one’s feelings and so much more in the stories in this anthology. Hungry Hearts will tug at your heartstrings while making you hungry at the same time.


Growing Up African in Australia Book Cover

Growing Up African in Australia edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke

In this anthology, African Australians tell their stories of growing up in Australia. People of African Descent have lived in Australia for more than a century, but hardly ever got the chance to tell their stories.

Their stories are largely missing from Australian Literature and this anthology aims to solve that by giving them a voice and challenging the stereotypes about Black Migrants in Australia. Featuring writings by Faustina Agolley, Carly Findlay, Khalid Warsame, Tariro Mavondo and several other authors, this anthology gives some insight into what it’s like growing up as an African in Australia.

This anthology is part of a book series that includes Growing up Aboringal in Australia and Growing up Asian in Australia.


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Color Outside the Lines Anthology Book Cover

Color Outside The Lines edited by Sangu Mandanna

This anthology is centered on Interracial love and its complexities. According to the editor, Sangu Mandanna, it’s about race and about how being different from the person you love can matter but how it can also not matter but how it can also not matter, and it’s about Chinese pirate ghosts, black girl vigilantes, colonial India, a flower festival, a garden of poisons, and so, so much else. Color outside the Lines is a collection of stories about young, fierce, brilliantly hopeful people in love.


Book Cover of The Hero Next Door Anthology

The Hero Next Door edited by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Okay, I did a little dance when I found this anthology. Why? Because it’s a middle-grade fiction anthology. Published in partnership with We Need Diverse Books, this anthology features short stories by thirteen authors including Ellen Oh, Rita Williams-Garcia, Lamar Giles, Mike Jung and Suma Subramaniam.

This anthology is focused on acts of bravery and it pushes the message that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Coming out July 30th, you can bet this is already on my TBR. Do you know of any other middle-grade anthology? Hit me up with your recommendations.


Its Not About The Burqa Anthology Book Cover

It’s Not About The Burqa edited by Mariam Khan

In this anthology, seventeen Muslim women come together to write about faith, feminism, the hijab, Islamophobia, misogyny and other issues where Muslim women are often silenced and being spoken for by Non-Muslims or Muslim Men.

Featuring writings by both British and International Muslim Women including Mona Elthaway, Sufiya Ahmed, Coco Khan, Raifa Rafiq, Saima Mir and Salma Haidrani, this anthology shows the pressures of being a Muslim woman in the modern world. I really enjoyed reading this own voices review by Nadia.


Book cover of New Suns Anthology

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Colour edited by Nisi Shawl

Can I just say that the cover of this anthology is amazing. With the woman of color on the cover wearing a headdress that looks like a fusion between culture and technology, it gives you a good idea of what to expect from this anthology. The cover was designed by Yoshi Yoshitani.

This is a collection of seventeen stories which cut across several genres- including fantasy, science fiction, horror and alternate history- and aims to show the diversity that can exist and does exist in these different genres

Featuring stories by both established and new authors of color including Rebecca Roanhorse (Trail of Lightning), Chinelo Onwualu, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Hiromi Goto. This anthology will take you on a journey through lands with Djinns, post-apocalyptic societies and alternate realities.

I’ll leave you with this quote that seems to have inspired the title of this anthology.

“There’s nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns,” — Octavia E. Butler.


Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi book cover

Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi

From the story of a boy who doesn’t feel he is “black enough” to one about a girl trying to reclaim what is her’s in boarding school to one about love between a biracial black girl and fat white girl.

This anthology features stories about the experiences and struggles of Black teens in America. Featuring stories by black authors including Dhonielle Clayton, Jay Coles, Justina Ireland, Tochi Onyebuchi and Renée Watson, this anthology is one you won’t want to miss.


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Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction edited and translated by Ken Liu

From alternate Chinese history to cyberpunk to space opera, this is a collection of Chinese speculative fiction that crosses across several sub-genres. Featuring stories translated from Chinese, this collection of 16 stories and three essays is a treasure trove.  Some of the authors that contributed work to this anthology include Liu Cixin, Hao Jingfang, Tang Fei, Chen Qiufan and Fei Dao.

This isn’t the first anthology Ken Liu has edited, the first being Invisible Planets which is also an anthology of translated Chinese science fiction.

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Chat time! What diverse anthology are you looking forward to reading this year? I’m looking forward to reading all the ones I can get my hands on. I hope you read one of these anthologies and through it discover new authors of color and a whole new world is opened up to you. If you want more diverse books, check out my post about books by Nigerian Authors coming out in 2019.

P.S: A different version of this post first appeared on Book Riot, written by me.

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  1. I cannot wait to read color outside the lines. I just got an arc of it. Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles is also incredible.

    1. Thank you. Yes, it does sound lovely and I’ve never read a middle-grade anthology before so I’m definitely interested in this.

  2. Wow, obsessed with that cover for New Suns. This looks like an amazing selection of books, I never really read anthologies to be honest, but there’s definitely a few here that I want to pick up!

    1. I am too. It’s so colourful and makes you think about the symbolism of the cover. I do hope you pick up some of these anthologies cause they are great. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I’m always on the lookout for more and more diverse representation in literature so these diverse anthologies are making my TBR very happy 😀 Hungry Hearts is even making it very tasty XD I’ve heard some really good things about It’s Not About The Burqa so I already have that on my TBR. Love the other recommendations!

  4. This is a great resource! As of now I only have Color Outside the Lines which I was excitedly hoping to get an e-ARC of! I also have A Thousand Endings and Beginnings which has many Asian retellings 🙂

    1. Yeah, they are so good but I’ve hardly seen any hype for most of them. I hope you enjoy them when you finally read them 😊😊

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