African Heritage Month Book List

February 7, 2017

African Heritage Month Book List

Passing the Torch - African Heritage Month 2017

Nova Scotia Provincial Library staff have prepared the following booklist to accompany African Heritage Month 2017, celebrating this year’s theme “Passing the Torch…African Nova Scotians and the Next 150”

Books and other resources are available at public libraries across Nova Scotia, contact your local library to learn more about African Heritage Month programs and resources:


  • And I alone escaped to tell you / Sylvia Hamilton. Gaspereau Press, 2014.
  • Baskets of Black Nova Scotians / Joleen Gordon. Nova Scotia Museum, 2013.
  • The black battalion: 1916-1920: Canada's best kept military secret / Calvin W. Ruck. Nimbus Publishing, c2016.
  • Burnley "Rocky" Jones: revolutionary: an autobiography / by Burnley "Rocky" Jones and James W. St.G. Walker. Roseway Publishing, an imprint of Fernwood Publishing, 2016.
  • Historic Black Nova Scotia / Bridglal Pachai & Henry Bishop. Nimbus, 2006.
  • If this is freedom: a novel / Gloria Ann Wesley. Roseway Publishing, 2013.
  • Live from the Afrikan resistance! / El Jones. Roseway, 2014.
  • The motorcyclist / George Elliott Clarke. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 2016.
  • Sister to courage: stories from the world of Viola Desmond, Canada's Rosa Parks / Wanda Robson with Ronald Caplan. Breton Books, c2010.
  • They called me Chocolate Rocket: the life and times of John Paris, Jr., hockey's first Black professional coach / John Paris, Jr. with Robert Ashe. Formac Publishing Company Limited 2014.
  • The times of African Nova Scotians. Volume two: a celebration of our history, heritage and culture / Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute, [2015].
  • Viola Desmond's Canada: a history of blacks and racial segregation in the promised land / Graham Reynolds with Wanda Robson. Fernwood Publishing, 2016.
  • Winds of change: the life and legacy of Calvin W. Ruck / Lindsay R. Ruck. Pottersfield Press, 2014.

Kids & Teens:

  • Abigail's wish / story by Gloria Ann Wesley; art by Richard Rudnicki. Nimbus Publishing, c2016.
  • Birchtown and the Black Loyalists / Wanda Lauren Taylor. Nimbus Publishing, c2014.
  • Children of Africville / Christine Welldon.  Nimbus, 2009.
  • Lasso the Wind / text by George Elliott Clarke; illustrations by Susan Tooke. Nimbus Publishing, c2013.
  • Mayann's train ride / text by the Honourable Mayann Francis; art by Tamara Thiébaux-Heikalo. Nimbus Publishing, c2015.
  • Singing towards the future: the story of Portia White / by Lian Goodall; illustrations by Liz Milkau. Napoleon, c2004.
  • Up home / story by Shauntay Grant; artwork by Susan Tooke. Nimbus Publishing, c2008.
  • Viola Desmond won't be budged / Jody Nyasha Warner; pictures by Richard Rudnicki. Groundwood Books, c2010.