The Official NOC #CrossLines Reading List

This past weekend in Washington DC, the Smithsonian’s historic Arts & Industries building was home to the most important gathering of artists you have ever seen. The CrossLines pop-up culture lab on intersectionality brought together over 40 artists and scholars to explore race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, disability, etc.

I was fortunate enough to be invited and helped organize a Reading Lounge and live podcasts — while artist Matt Huynh painted a mural in real time the entire weekend. One of the questions I got asked the most was about the books we included, so after the jump you can find a complete list of books we had in the Lounge!


Science Fiction/Fantasy Author
Utopia Ahmed Khaled Towfik
Mindscape Andrea Hairston
The Liminal People: A Novel Ayize Jama-Everett
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond Bill Campbell, editor
Demonstra Bryan Thao Worra
On Such a Full Sea Chang-Rae Lee
How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe Charles Yu
The Three-Body Problem Cixin Liu
Feral Nights Cynthia Leitich Smith
Half-Resurrection Blues Daniel José Older
Midnight Taxi Tango Daniel José Older
Shadowshaper Daniel José Older
The Night Wandered: A Native Gothic Novel Drew Hayden Taylor
Prophecy Ellen Oh
Alif the Unseen G. Willow Wilson
What is Not Yours is Not Yours Helen Oyeyemi
Trail of the Dead Joseph Bruchac
The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz
Redemption in Indigo Karen Lord
Spirits of the Ordinary Kathleen Alcala
The Grace of Kings Ken Liu
Ancient, Ancient: Short Fiction Kiini Ibura Salaam
Salt Fish Girl Larissa Lai
The Antelope Wife Louise Erdrich
Up Among the Stars Matthew Kaopio
Ash Melinda Lo
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms N.K. Jeminisin
Midnight Robber Nalo Hopkinson
The Salt Roads Nalo Hopkinson
Falling in Love with Hominids Nalo Hopkinson
Brown Girl in the Ring Nalo Hopkinson
Who Fears Death Nnedia Okorafor
Lilith’s Brood Octavia Butler
Parable of the Sower Octavia Butler
Kindred Octavia Butler
Lex Talionis R.S.A. Garcia
Another Fine Myth Robert Aspirin
An Ember in the Ashes Sabaa Tahir
Throne of the Crescent Moon Saladin Ahmed
Lydia’s Funeral Video Sam Chanse
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand Samuel Delany
Babel-17 Samuel Delany
The Einstein Intersection Samuel Delany
Atomik Aztex Sesshu Foster
Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora Sheree Thomas, editor
A Stranger in Olondria Sofia Samatar
The Lifecycle of Software Objects Ted Chiang
Ink and Ashes Valynne E. Maetani
The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories Vandana Singh
Super Justice Force David F. Walker
Hong on the Range William F. Wu
Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture Ytasha L. Womack
Techno-Orientalism David S. Roh, Betsy Huang, editors
Octavia’s Brood Walidah Imarisha, adrienne maree brown, editors
Cosmos Latinos Yolanda Molina-Gavilán, editor
Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction Grace L Dillon, editor
Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History Daniel José Older and Rose Fox, editors


Comics/Graphic Novels Writer/Artist
Thief of Thieves Volume 5 Andy Diggle, Adriano Lucas, Shawn Martinbrough
Shortcomings Adrian Tomine
Muqtatafat: A Comics Anthology Featuring Artists From the Middle East Region Anna Mudd, A. David Lewis and Paul Beran, editors
Saga Brian Vaughn, Fiona Staples
Zots: Serpent and Shield Daniel Parada
Shaft: A Complicated Man David Walker, Bilquis Evely
Same Difference Derek Kirk Kim
Hip-Hop Family Tree Ed Piskor
100 Crushes Elisha Lim
Your Brain on Latino Comics Frederick Luis Aldama
Ms. Marvel Volume 1 G. Willow Wilson, Jake Wyatt, Adrian Alphona
Vietnamerica GB Tran
Boxers & Saints Gene Luen Yang
American Born Chinese Gene Luen Yang
The Shadow Hero Gene Luen Yang, Sonny Liew
Bumperhead Gilbert Hernandez
Love and Rockets New Stories #1 Hernandez Brothers
Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection Volume 1 Hope Nicholson, editor
Lola: A Ghost Story J. Torres, Elbert Orr
Comics! By Javier Hernandez Javier Hernandez
Descender, Vol 1: Tin Stars Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen
Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology Jeff Yang, Parry Shen, Jerry Ma, Keith Chow, editors
Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology Jeff Yang, Parry Shen, Jerry Ma, Keith Chow, editors
March: Book One John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
RUNLOVEKILL Jon Tsuei, Eric Canete
Tina’s Mouth Keshni Kashyap, Mari Araki
Why I Hate Saturn Kyle Baker
Latino USA: A Cartoon History Lalo Alcaraz
One Hundred Demons Lynda Barry
Skim Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki
Dragon’s Breath and Other Stories MariNaomi
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi
Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story Mat Johnson, Simon Gane
Incognegro Mat Johnson, Warren Pleece
Citizen 13660 Mine Okubo
Night Fisher R. Kikuo Johnson
Sonambulo Rafael Navarro
Usagi Yojimbo, Book 1 Stan Sakai
I Think I am in Friend-Love with You Yumi Sakagawa
Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One With the Universe Yumi Sakagawa

Many thanks to Lawrence Minh-Bui and the whole Smithsonian APA crew for organizing everything!

8 thoughts on “The Official NOC #CrossLines Reading List

  1. Reblogged this on R.S.A.Garcia and commented:
    This has been up since May and I had no idea my book was on such a great list. Seriously, the company I’m keeping is far above my station. It also happens to be a kick-ass list for fiction by and about people of colour.

    My only quibble is the link to my book leads to someone else’s book instead of mine. You can find mine here, or you can just click the link on my website. You know. If you still care and all. Seeing as this was posted in May and we’re in November. But some of you have Christmas presents to get right? Well, here’s a list full of good options. Go have fun with it!

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