Booksellers interested in starting a Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG) book club of their own took part in an interactive education workshop guided by WRBG founder Glory Edim at this year’s Children’s Institute (Ci7) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
During the Friday, June 28, event, booksellers gathered to share ideas and discuss the issue of diversity in booksellers’ stores and communities. The conversation incorporated National Book Award and Indies Choice Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo’s sophomore effort, With the Fire on High (HarperTeen), which is one of the WRBG June book club picks, and Acevedo was there to discuss ways booksellers could market the title.
Well-Read Black Girl is the book club and literary festival that provides a space for black female readers and writers to connect in conversation. This year, the American Booksellers Association partnered with Edim this year to bring book club meetings to independent bookstores with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and supporting emerging writers of color. Dozens of ABA member bookstores have signed on to host WRBG book clubs in their stores throughout the year.
All booksellers are encouraged to e-mail WRBG@bookweb.org if they are interested in hosting their own WRBG book club. Booksellers who are already participating can visit the designated Well-Read Black Girl page on BookWeb.org to download marketing assets, including a WRBG website stamp, banners, and e-cards, and to join a private Facebook Group.