WORD Bookstores is happy to join the American Booksellers Association and Well-Read Black Girl to have our own WRBG Book Club Meet-ups at our stores! Our BK store will be meeting the last Saturday of the month starting May 25th at 3pm. This group will be curated and facilitated by our very own Operations Director, Deidre! Read on to discover why Glory started the WRBG Book Club and why we love them and her so much! Here's to reading women of color, may we forever discover ourselves within their stories.
"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." - Glory Edim, Well-Read Black Girl Founder
Book group selections are 10 percent when purchased at WORD.
Looking for recommendations to hold you over between meetings? Check out Well-Read Black Girl's Reading List!
ABOUT THE BOOK GROUP LEADER
Deidre Dumpson is not only here in the book world because of the simple fact that she is obsessed with books. Instead, the path to this career began when Deidre was able to read books that allowed her to know that her circumstances were never permanent. It expanded when she found that the words and ideas she held on to from books allowed her to navigate the world with confidence and curiousity. It blossomed when the revolutionary stories written by women of color led her to college, to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies where she got her Master's studying the works of bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Patricia Hill Collins, Barbara Smith, Gloria Anzaldua, Cherria Moraga and so many more literary greats. Since graduate school, she has made it a point to explicitly buy and read books by women of color because if we don't do it...who will?!
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NONFICTION
A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.
A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and history—a dazzling retelling of Liberia’s formation
Two girls who grow up to become women. Two friends who become something worse than enemies. In this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison tells the story of Nel Wright and Sula Peace, who meet as children in the small town of Medallion, Ohio. Their devotion is fierce enough to withstand bullies and the burden of a dreadful secret.
"Whether she's exploring alien life forms or political machinations, self-sacrifice or monsters in New Orleans, Jemisin's characters are boldly drawn, complex, and so engaging. This is a great gift for any long-time fan and a solid introduction to her work for the curious, and I highly recommend you grab yourself the gorgeous hardcover version."—Book Riot/Swords & Spaceships
Meeting 8/24/19 @ WORD BK
Discussion: July 27, 2019 @ WORD BK
July 28, 2019 @ WORD JC
WRBG BOOK DISCUSSIONS: June 29th @ WORD BK & June 30th @ WORD JC, both at 3PM.
Discussion: May 25, 2019 @ WORD BK
May 26, 2019 @ WORD JC