Candice Carty-Williams was a senior marketing executive at Vintage. In 2016, she created and launched The Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize, which aims to find, champion, and celebrate underrepresented writers. She contributes regularly to i-D, Refinery29, Beat Magazine, and more, and her pieces, especially those about blackness, sex, and identity, have been shared globally. She is the author of People Person and Queenie. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @CandiceC_W.
People Person By Candice Carty-Williams
The author of the hilarious debut novel Queenie returns with another witty and insightful story about the power of family—even when they seem like strangers. People Person is a vibrant and charming celebration of discovering family as an adult.
Candice's Recommended Reads
Check out some of Candice Carty-Williams's favorite books and read why she loved them so much!
By Caleb Azumah Nelson
We adore a Black love story, and in Open Water, Caleb Azumah Nelson has wrapped Black love tightly in modern Black British culture, where the two twist and wind around each other beautifully, painting a picture of what love means when two people are so suited to each other, and the world they live in.
An American Marriage
By Tayari Jones
A perfect book, in my opinion. An emotionally textured comment on the judicial system, on relationships, on grey areas, on intimacy, on connection, and on longing. Sublime.
Don't Call Us Dead
By Danez Smith
I was lucky enough to see Danez Smith recite Dear White America, a poem from this collection, at a bookshop in London. I cried so much that Danez himself came down into the audience to comfort me. It was maybe one of the most embarrassing literary moments of my life. If you can, get this collection, then watch a reading of Dear White America on YouTube. It’ll change your life, even if you aren’t in the same room as the poet.