July Well-Read Black Girl Virtual Book Club at Pages

This month we are reading and discussing "American Spy" by Lauren Wilkinson. Marlon James says "There has never been anything like it" and NPR describes it as “So much fun . . . Like the best of John le Carré, it’s extremely tough to put down.

We are going to do it virtually this month on July 25th at 12pm EST. Whether you have just started the book or read it a long time ago, all are welcome to come and join in the book club. Purchase your copy at Pages and get 15% off.

This book club is free and open to the public. It will be lead by our very own bookseller, Jazmine Cooper. 

To register please sign up here.

So What is Well-Read Black Girl Bookclub?

This book club was originally started in 2017 by the author of "Well-Read Black Girl", Glory Edim as a Brooklyn-based book club and online community celebrating the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. This year the American Booksellers Association partnered with Glory to take her book club to independent bookstores nationwide with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and supporting emerging writers of color.

About American Spy 

What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? 

“Spy fiction plus allegory, and a splash of pan-Africanism. What could go wrong? As it happens, very little. Clever, bracing, darkly funny, and really, really good.”—Ta-Nehisi Coates

It’s 1986, the heart of the Cold War, and Marie Mitchell is an intelligence officer with the FBI. She’s brilliant, but she’s also a young black woman working in an old boys’ club. Her career has stalled out, she’s overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork. So when she’s given the opportunity to join a shadowy task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the charismatic revolutionary president of Burkina Faso whose Communist ideology has made him a target for American intervention, she says yes. Yes, even though she secretly admires the work Sankara is doing for his country. Yes, even though she is still grieving the mysterious death of her sister, whose example led Marie to this career path in the first place. Yes, even though a furious part of her suspects she’s being offered the job because of her appearance and not her talent.

In the year that follows, Marie will observe Sankara, seduce him, and ultimately have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American.

Inspired by true events—Thomas Sankara is known as “Africa’s Che Guevara”—American Spy knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance. This is a face of the Cold War you’ve never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice.

Event date: 
Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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American Spy: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812988284
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 17th, 2020