As part of my 30 Before 30 challenge, I want to read 100 authors of colour before I hit 30. I’ve been making more of an effort to read books by people from completely different backgrounds, races and countries to my own but the amount of authors of colour I’ve read is still shockingly low, and now I plan to rectify it! I’ll continue to add to the list below as I read, and would welcome any of your recommendations for authors I should try.

Note: I am including mixed race authors in this challenge.

  1. Alyssa Cole
  2. Ayisha Malik
  3. Amélie Wen Zhao
  4. Anna-Marie McLemore
  5. Audre Lorde
  6. Ayòbámi Adébáyò
  7. Bim Adewunmi
  8. Celeste Ng
  9. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  10. Chimene Suleyman
  11. Coco Khan
  12. Daniel York Loh
  13. Darren Chetty
  14. Heidi Heilig
  15. Helen Oyeyemi
  16. Himesh Patel
  17. Inua Ellams
  18. Ivy Alvarez
  19. Jenny Han
  20. Justina Ireland
  21. Khaled Hosseini
  22. Kieran Yates
  23. Leïla Slimani
  24. M.L. Wang
  25. Malinda Lo
  26. Malorie Blackman
  27. Marie Lu
  28. Mariko Tamaki
  29. Mary Anne Mohanraj
  30. Maya Angelou
  31. Miss L.
  32. Mizue Tani
  33. Morgan Parker
  34. Musa Okwonga
  35. N. K. Jemisin
  36. Natsuki Takaya
  37. Nghi Vo
  38. Nicola Yoon
  39. Nikesh Shukla
  40. Nish Kumar
  41. Nnedi Okorafor
  42. Rebecca Roanhorse
  43. Renée Ahdieh
  44. Reni Eddo-Lodge
  45. Rita Dove
  46. Riz Ahmed
  47. Roshani Chokshi
  48. Sabrina Mahfouz
  49. Salena Godden
  50. Salman Rushdie
  51. Sandhya Menon
  52. Sara Collins
  53. Sarah Sahim
  54. Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  55. Susan Ee
  56. Tiffany D. Jackson
  57. Varaidzo
  58. Vera Chok
  59. Vinay Patel
  60. Wei Ming Kam
  61. Yuna Kagesak
  62. Zen Cho