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Well-Read Black Girl is a book club exclusively for Black women. Our aim is to amplify the voices of Black writers and celebrate their achievements in the literary world.
I often get asked why I started Well-Read Black Girl? The answer is simple: I LOVE TO READ. Does anyone remember ‘Honey, I Love’ by Eloise Greenfield? My 7-year-old self didn’t have the words for life-changing. My enchantment with storytelling has simply followed me into adulthood.
Authors like, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Octavia Butler, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou and countless others always seem to have the answers in to all my questions. My quarter-life crisis ended swiftly after reading ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’. With every heartbreak, I revisit June Jordan’s ‘Directed by Desire’. When I feel sassy, I often quote Maya Angelou. “Nothing will work unless you do.” Whatever the situation, I have the words and ultimately, the wisdom, sitting on my bookshelf. I will always love reading the stories of women who look, sound and feel just like me.
Success depends on participation – collectively we should share ideas, ask questions, and engage others in conversation.
Respectfully listen and hold space for others.
Listen to understand, share your unique perspective, and speak honestly.
Be positive, non-judgmental & open to new ideas.
Critique ideas, not people. Remember to practice non-defensiveness during the discussion.
Respect each others’ thinking and value their contributions. Everything happens through courageous conversations.
WHAT IS WELL-READ BLACK GIRL (WRBG)?
Well-Read Black Girl is an online community and in-real-life book club based in Brooklyn, New York. Founder Glory Edim curates monthly book club meetings and literary events with emerging & established authors.
HOW DO I JOIN THE WRBG BOOK CLUB?
You can sign up to receive our bi-monthly newsletter! Each month members meet to discuss plot twists and their favorite characters in Brooklyn. Every once in awhile, authors make special guest appearances and we share highlights on our YouTube channel. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE LATEST BOOK SELECTION?
Visit your local independent bookstore or local library. If you live in New York, WRBG members get 15% off our monthly selection at Greenlight Bookstore. You can also purchase your book online.
WAIT, HOW DO I ACTUALLY PARTICIPATE IN THE BOOK CLUB?
Once you sign-up for the WRBG newsletter, you’re officially part of the literary squad. Membership is open to all women, wherever you reside. You can join the conversation in three different ways:
1. Attend the book club meetings in-person
2. Follow us on Twitter: @wellreadblkgirl. Look out for our monthly Twitter chats—use the hashtag #WRBGChat! We also encourage you to share your reading recommendations in 140 characters.
3. Tag your book “selfies” #WellReadBlackGirl on Instagram.