Books written by authors with ties to Richmond, VA

Whether you’re looking for your next leisure read, a book for the whole family, or a thrilling fictional novel, we’ve got a list of books written by local authors in the River City.

The exterior of Fountain Bookstore in Shockoe Slip.

Fountain Bookstore in Shockoe Slip carries plenty of works by local authors.

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What’s better than a good book? A good book written by your neighbor. Brew up a batch of your favorite Blanchard’s or Rostov’s coffee or tea and get ready to meet your next read, because we’re talking about locally written books in Richmond.


  • Yellow Wifeby Sadeqa Johnson | Release date: Jan. 12, 2021 | The historical fiction book follows Pheby, an enslaved woman living in an infamous slave jail in Richmond.
  • Florence Adler Swims Foreverby Rachel Beanland | Release date: July 7, 2020 | Three generations grapple with heartbreak, romance, and family secrets. Look out for Rachel’s next novel, “The House Is On Fire,” due in April.
  • Blue-Skinned Godsby SJ Sindu | Release date: Nov. 2, 2021 | A boy born with blue skin in Tamil Nadu, India travels to New York City in this expansive, heartfelt novel.
  • The Year of Needy Girlsby Patricia Smith | Release date: Jan. 3, 2017 | This tense tale follows Deirdre and SJ, a couple who have just moved to the divided town of Bradley, MA.
  • Even Cowgirls Get the Bluesby Tom Robbins | Release date: April 1, 1990 | The prolific novelist — author of nine books, including this tale of freedom and fate — calls Richmond his hometown.

For the family

  • Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Awayby Meg Medina | Release date: Sept. 8, 2020 | A bittersweet story of friendship and change written by the Newbery Medalist and New York Times best-selling author.
  • Malcolm and Meby Robin Farmer | Release date: Nov. 17, 2020 | This young adult novel follows Roberta Forest, a young girl learning more about faith, family, and social activism.
  • Come August, Come Freedomby Gigi Amateau | Release date: Sept. 11, 2012 | This middle-grade historical fiction book tells a personal story of Gabriel, an enslaved man who plotted a rebellion in Richmond.
  • Mystery on Church Hillby Steven K. Smith | Release date: Nov. 22, 2013 | Spark a love for history in late elementary school readers with the Virginia Mysteries series.
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Beforeby Jenny Han | Release date: April 15, 2014 | You may recognize the name from the Netflix movie series, but did you know the author of the original book series is from Richmond?
  • “I Love Being Meby Angel Reynolds | Release date: Nov. 20, 2021 | This picture book teaches confidence, empowerment, and self-love.

Learn something new

  • The Devil’s Half Acreby Kristen Green | Release date: April 12, 2022 | Read the history of how an enslaved woman liberated a slave jail and transformed it into a school — now known as Virginia Union University.
  • The Organ Thievesby Chip Jones | Release date: Aug. 18, 2020 | This award-winning book delves into the history of the first heart transplant in the segregated South.
  • Subtle Acts of Exclusionby Doc Jana and Michael Baran | Release date: March 10, 2020 | This handbook instructs readers on how to understand, identify, and stop microaggressions.
  • The Secret History of Foodby Matt Siegel | Release date: Aug. 31, 2021 | Dig into the culinary, cultural, historic, and scientific stories of the food we eat.

Part of a series

Personal stories

  • Tomorrow Ruined Todayby Ryan Kent and Brett Lloyd | Release date: Oct. 12, 2021 | The volume features short and long-form poetic works from two musicians.
  • She Lives Hereby Kristina Hamlett | Release date: March 15, 2021 | This debut collection of poetry and prose celebrates womanhood, Blackness, and finding joy.
  • Determined Destination: Life’s Imperfect Journey of Learning and Loveby Rita Wray Miller | Release date: Aug. 26, 2021 | Rita’s memoir chronicles her upbringing in foster care and path towards inspiring others.

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