Fiction (by date of publication)
A Visitation of Spirits. New York: Grove Press, 1989.
Let the Dead Bury Their Dead and Other Stories. New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1992.
Nonfiction (by date of publication)
James Baldwin. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, 1994; new ed. 2005.
A Time Not Here: The Mississippi Delta. (Photography: Norman Mauskopf; Text: Randall Kenan) Sante Fe, N. Mex.: Twins Palms Pub., 1996.
Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.
The Fire This Time. Hoboken, N.J.: Melville House Pub., 2007.
The Cross of Redemption: The Uncollected Writing of James Baldwin. Editor and Introduction. New York: Pantheon, 2010.
The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food. Editor and Introduction. Hillsborough, N.C.: Eno Publishers, 2016.