This year, the American Booksellers Association is partnering with Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG) founder Glory Edim to bring book club meetings to bookstores nationwide with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and supporting emerging writers of color. As part of the partnership, Edim will be visiting stores around the country to talk about launching local WRBG book clubs and about her new book, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (Ballantine).
Take a look below at some of the stores Edim has visited so far:
Edim discussed Elizabeth Acevedo’s With the Fire on High at MahoganyBooks in Washington, D.C. The store posted to Instagram: “Just another #bookevent at #mahoganybooks. We’re hosting @guidetoglo and @wellreadblackgirl for a meet-up and book club discussion of @acevedowrites new book, #withthefireonhigh, here in #anacostia. A serious conversation sprouting from this phenomenal #yanovel.”
Edim also visited Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon. The store posted to Instagram: “Glory Edim (@guidetoglo) is the founder of @wellreadblackgirl and tonight’s guest at our downtown location to discuss her work in uplifting the narratives of black women. View our Stories to learn more about Glory, the reading community she’s helped foster, and the women who have shaped who she is today.”
In partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, Washington, the Northwest African American Museum hosted Glory Edim as part of its author series. Edim posted to Instagram: “Next stop! Seattle - @naamnw’s WriteOn! Author Series. See you at 7pm. Free & open to the public! In partnership with @elliottbaybookco #wellreadblackgirl#wrbg #indiebookstore”
Booksellers can check out the Well-Read Black Girl Facebook page to see where Edim will head next.
Booksellers are also invited to sign on to serve as ambassadors and host Well-Read Black Girl book clubs in their stores throughout the year. E-mail WRBG@bookweb.org to sign up to host a book club or to share ideas; be sure to include your name, store name, city, and state.