This year, the American Booksellers Association is partnering with Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim to bring book club meetings to independent bookstores nationwide with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and supporting emerging writers of color. Booksellers are invited to sign on to serve as ambassadors and host Well-Read Black Girl book clubs in their stores throughout the year.
Email 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.
Stores that sign on to host book clubs will:
Be included in ABA promotion of the program in print and online
Be featured on an interactive online map of locations hosting book clubs so interested readers can search by ZIP Code
Receive a display kit from Random House, which will include a window cling, an easel, bookmarks, and links to digital assets (while supplies last)
Be able to download the Well-Read Black Girl stamp for use on your store's website, identifying your bookstore as a book club location (link to come)
Have access to a private Facebook group to discuss marketing and best practices with other Well-Read Black Girl book club hosts
Have access to an index of authors who are featured in Edim's Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (link to come), and suggested titles (see May's suggested titles here).
In September, each participating Well-Read Black Girl book club will read the same title (to be determined), and Edim will visit a number of indie bookstores and Skype into book clubs throughout the fall.
Stores that have signed up to participate are invited to check out these suggested titles for upcoming book club meetings:
For stores planning to host a book club, here’s the first chapter in the Well-Read Black Girl Ambassador Orientation and Book Club Starter Guide. Watch upcoming issues of Bookselling This Week for additional chapters from the guide.
Glory Edim is the winner of the 2017 Innovator’s Award from the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and a board member of New York City’s Housing Works Bookstore.
While WRBG is focused on empowering women, we encourage readers who identify as genderqueer, non-binary, or others who feel inspired by what we’re doing to join us and be a part of our community.
Any bookstore can host a Well-Read Black Girl book club; to receive the additional marketing assets and to appear on the Well-Read Black Girl searchable map, stores must be active ABA member bookstores. If you are unsure of your membership status or would like to join ABA, please e-mail email@example.com.