Rotating between fiction and nonfiction, the goal is to enjoy and grow our knowledge of the writing accomplished by Black, South Asian, Native, Latinx, and many other authors of color. Come listen, discuss, and learn how the words of those usually underrepresented in literature can fit within the world we live in today.
Hosted by Devlin Prince: former bookseller, currently working in the public health field. He is an avid reader and especially likes reading outdoors. Enjoys not only talking about books, but also about movies, food, and traveling.
February 12, 2020, 7pm: This month's pick is
The Wide Circumference of Love by Marita Golden
“Golden takes a frank and authentic approach to dementia's relentless and all-encompassing nature — losing one's dignity, forgetting loved ones' names, bewildering personality changes, disappearing friends — while also calling attention to the increased prevalence of Alzheimer's in the African American community. Indeed, any one of these problems and stories could be the plot of a separate novel, but Golden connects them seamlessly and compassionately, treating each with the prismatic complexity that defines family crises. In doing so, she makes each character's past an integral part of their present, as well as their impetus to move forward into a new and unexpected future."
—Melissa Firman, Shelf Awareness, starred review
March 11, 2020, 7pm: This month's pick is
No Name in the Street by James Baldwin
“More eloquent than W. E. B. DuBois, more penetrating than Richard Wright.... It contains truth that cannot be denied.”
—The Atlantic Monthly
“Characteristically beautiful.... He has not himself lost access to the sources of his being–which is what makes him read and awaited by perhaps a wider range of people than any other major American writer.”
January 2020: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
December 2019: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
November 2019: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
October 2019: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavalle
May 2019: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
January 2019: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
December 2018: Ghosts in the Schoolyard by Eve L. Ewing
November 2018: An American Marriage: A Novel by Tayari Jones.
October 2018: Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir by Deborah A. Miranda.