Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory EdimAn inspiring collection of essays by black women writers, curated by the founder of the popular book club Well-Read Black Girl, on the importance of recognizing ourselves in literature.
Remember that moment when you first encountered a character who seemed to be written just for you? That feeling of belonging can stick with readers the rest of their lives--but it doesnt come around as frequently for all of us. In this timely anthology, well-read black girl Glory Edim brings together original essays by some of our best black female writers and creative voices to shine a light on how we search for ourselves in literature, and how important it is that everyone--no matter their gender, race, religion, or abilities--can find themselves there. Whether its learning about the complexities of femalehood from Their Eyes Were Watching God, seeing a new type of love in The Color Purple, or using mythology to craft an alternative black future, each essay reminds us why we turn to books in times of both struggle and relaxation. As she has done with her incredible book-club-turned-online-community Well-Read Black Girl, in this book, Edim has created a space where black womens writing and knowledge and life experiences are lifted up, to be shared with all readers who value the power of a story to help us understand the world, and ourselves.
Contributors include: Jesmyn Ward (Sing Unburied Sing), Lynn Nottage (Sweat), Jacqueline Woodson (Another Brooklyn), Gabourey Sidibe (This Is Just My Face), Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing), Zinzi Clemmons (What We Lose), N. K. Jemisin (The Fifth Season), Tayari Jones (An American Marriage), Nicole Dennis-Benn (Here Comes the Sun), Rebecca Walker (Black, White and Jewish), and more.
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Now, many of these stores are featured on an interactive map on IndieBound. Independent booksellers nationwide are invited to e-mail WRBG bookweb. Throughout the year, Edim will promote indie bookstore book clubs on her social media platforms and encourage followers to ask their local store to host a book club. In September, each participating Well-Read Black Girl book club will read the same title to be determined , and Edim will visit a number of indie bookstores and Skype into book clubs throughout the fall. Well-Read Black Girl provides a vital space for black female readers and writers to connect and grow in conversation. The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Chapter 1: Getting Started. We want to emphasize the importance of representing a variety of voices but also encourage publishers to create books that represent a wider set of experiences and perspectives. In , our primary focus is on uplifting women and non-binary writers of color. As facilitators, they should be outgoing, friendly, warm, and inviting, and they must love talking with people of all ages and backgrounds. Having a natural sense of curiosity and passion for reading is KEY! They will help lead the discussion and make sure members adhere to our community guidelines. Build a community around your book club meetings!
This September, outside a boutique store in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, members of the Well-Read Black Girl book club sat in a misshapen circle of folding chairs on the sidewalk.
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But books have the capacity to make us feel less alone in the world, not only through their stories but through the community of readers that surround them. The account served as a lighthouse for other black women readers who were able—some for the first time—to find each other en masse and talk about the books. As black women across the country started conversations in the comments section, Edim began hosting monthly book-club meetings in and around Brooklyn. I met Edim at one such meeting Angela Flournoy in discussion about her novel, The Turner House , but checked first to ask if it was cool for me—a man—to attend. And that group continues to grow.