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Books written by authors with ties to Richmond

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.

Fiction

  • The House of Eve” by Sadeqa Johnson | Release date: Feb. 7, 2023 | The historical fiction book follows Ruby and Eleanor, two women in DC in the 1950s. This book follows Johnson’s critically acclaimed “Yellow Wife.”
  • The House is on Fire” by Rachel Beanland | Release date: April 4, 2023 | A fictional tale about the Richmond Theater fire in 1811, Beanland’s latest novel comes after the success of “Florence Adler Swims Forever,” released in 2020.
  • Blue-Skinned Gods” by 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. Younger readers might like “Shakti,” Sindu’s middle-grade graphic novel.
  • The Year of Needy Girls” by 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 Blues” by 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

  • The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han | Release date: April 6, 2010 | You may recognize the name from the Amazon Prime series, but did you know the author of the original book series is from Richmond? The MLWGS grad also wrote “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” which was adapted by Netflix.
  • Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away” by 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 Me” by 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.
  • Mystery on Church Hill” by Steven K. Smith | Release date: Nov. 22, 2013 | Spark a love for history in late elementary school readers with the Virginia Mysteries series.
  • “I Love Being Me” by Angel Reynolds | Release date: Nov. 20, 2021 | This picture book teaches confidence, empowerment, and self-love.

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Personal stories

  • Tomorrow Ruined Today” by Ryan Kent and Brett Lloyd | Release date: Oct. 12, 2021 | The volume features short and long-form poetic works from two musicians.
  • She Lives Here” by 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 Love” by Rita Wray Miller | Release date: Aug. 26, 2021 | Rita’s memoir chronicles her upbringing in foster care and path towards inspiring others.

Need more recommendations? Stop by a local bookstore to get expert advice from Richmond booksellers. 📚

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