Booksellers who are interested in starting a Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG) book club of their own will have the chance to take part in an interactive education workshop guided by WRBG founder Glory Edim at this year’s Children’s Institute (Ci7) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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. ABA 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, and dozens of ABA member bookstores have signed on to host WRBG book clubs in their stores throughout the year.
The Ci7 workshop on Friday, June 28, will feature peer interaction and idea-sharing around the issue of diversity in booksellers’ stores and communities, and will incorporate National Book Award and Indies Choice Award winner Elizabeth Acevedo’s sophomore title With the Fire on High (HarperTeen), which is one of the WRBG June book club picks, to frame the conversation.
Children’s Institute will be held from June 26-28 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel- GreenTree Pittsburgh. The Well-Read Black Girl session takes place on Friday, June 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the Oakmont Ballroom at the hotel.
All booksellers are encouraged to e-mail WRBG@bookweb.org if they are interested in hosting their own WRBG book club, and 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.