Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore and Here Wee Read will host three book club meetings this fall featuring titles from the recently established Well-Read Black Girl Book Club (WRJJ).
The WRJJ WRBG Book Club is moderated by Charnaie Gordon, founder of the Connecticut-based Here Wee Read blog, which is dedicated to recommending diverse books for young readers.
Well-Read Black Girl is an online community and in-real-life book club hosted nationwide. In 2019, the American Booksellers Association partnered with Well-Read Black Girl to bring book club meetings to independent bookstores with the goal of amplifying Black women writers. The monthly book club selections focus on empowering the narratives of Black women, and encourages 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.
The goal of Well-Read Black Girl Book Club (WRBG) is to introduce a cohort of diverse writers to future generations – contemporary authors who are non-binary, queer, trans, and disabled. To address inequalities and improve communities through reading and reflecting on the works of Black women.
Founder Glory Edim and the WRBG team curate the book selections by season. The Fall 2019 selections are:
Sept. 29 at 3 p.m.:
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite (Inkyard Press)
Oct. 27 at 3 p.m.:
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Nov. 24 at 3 p.m.:
Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
The book club will meet in the lower level at the Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore. Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore is extending a 20 percent discount when customers purchase all three titles. Customers will also receive a complimentary Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore reusable tote bag. Readers should register to attend the book club meetings on the Wesleyan RJ Julia website.
Weslyan RJ Julia is located at 413 Main Street in Middletown, Conn.