November Well-Read Black Girl Book Club at Pages

This next month's Well-Read Black Girl book club will meet to discuss Melissa V. Harris-Perry's Sister Citizen on Thursday, November 20th at 6pm.

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.

This book club is free and open to the public. Purchase your copy at Pages and get 15% off.

It will be hosted by a friend of the store and avid reader Dawn Sarai Robinson. Books for Dawn have been a lens to help her give voice to her unique experiences as a woman of color and to see that she is not alone. She believes in the importance of building spaces of belonging and she can't wait to discuss the stories that meet at that intersection of gender and race.

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 Sister Citizen

"For colored girls who've considered politics when being strong isn't enough."

Jezebel's sexual lasciviousness, Mammy's devotion, and Sapphire's outspoken anger -- these are among the most persistent stereotypes that black women encounter in contemporary American life. Hurtful and dishonest, such representations force African American women to navigate a virtual crooked room that shames them and shapes their experiences as citizens. Many respond by assuming a mantle of strength that may convince others, and even themselves, that they do not need help. But as a result, the unique political issues of black women are often ignored and marginalized. The author uses multiple methods of inquiry, including literary analysis, political theory, focus groups, surveys, and experimental research, to understand more deeply black women's political and emotional responses to pervasive negative race and gender images. Not a traditional political science work concerned with office-seeking, voting, or ideology, Sister Citizen instead explores how African American women understand themselves as citizens and what they expect from political organizing. Harris-Perry shows that the shared struggle to preserve an authentic self and secure recognition as a citizen links together black women in America, from the anonymous survivors of Hurricane Katrina to the current First Lady of the United States.

Event date: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
19560 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48223
Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300188189
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Yale University Press - April 23rd, 2013