May 25, 2022

6 Book Clubs Global Citizens Can Join Worldwide

Reading is a way to learn, grow and imagine new worlds; it invites you to explore yourself and gives you resources to transform your daily life.

It’s also just fun. And tell people about the book you just read and everything it made you think about? Even more fun.

Book clubs are an amazing way to make friends and build community while enjoying all the brain-boosting benefits of reading. Often, book clubs can be pathways to broader forms of community organizing and self-help. The people you get together with today to read books may be the same people you attend a protest or host a food drive with tomorrow.

As the New Year approaches, it is good to reflect on all that has happened over the past 12 months – all the disarray and restlessness, stasis and growth – and think deeply about how how we can improve our lives and the lives of others. One way is to do community service, join neighbors and make new friends.

Participating in a book club can trigger this change.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of book clubs that explore topics related to the mission of Global Citizens Everywhere, to achieve the UN’s Global Goals and end extreme poverty and its systemic causes. Although many book clubs are based in the United States, they are all online, so anyone from anywhere in the world can join.

If you want to build a better world

Miami-based community organizer Niki Franco, aka Venus Roots, hosts a bi-monthly book club through her Patreon that explores topics such as how to build community, the meaning of intersectionality, how to dealing productively with trauma and what police abolition really is. means. Previous books include Robin Wall Kimmerer Sweet grass braidingand Silvia Federici Witches, witch hunts and women.

Franco is a gentle facilitator who creates a welcoming environment and guides Zoom-based discussions in all kinds of challenging, exciting, and deeply compassionate directions. She also hosts a podcast called Go to the root with Venus Roots where she talks to some of the authors featured in the book club.

The selection of the month is How We Present Ourselves: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community by Mia Birdsong.

Learn more about this book club here.

If you want to understand the climate crisis

Bill Nichols, 84, struggles to save his home as fires at the LNU Lightning Complex rage through Vacaville, Calif., August 19, 2020. Fire crews from across the area raced to contain dozens of blazes fires triggered by lightning during a statewide heat wave.
Image: Noah Berger/AP

As the climate and biodiversity crisis deepens, more and more brilliant minds are converging to explain its complexities and describe how society can be transformed to protect the planet.

The Western Michigan University Climate Task Force has voraciously read the latest books on the subject since its founding in 2015.

Some recent reads include Kate Aronoff OVERHEATING: How capitalism has broken the planet and how we are fighting backand Adrienne Maree Brown Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. The book club meets on Zoom twice a month to discuss books and is open to the global public.

Learn more about this book club here.

If you want to read the best world fiction

Launched by writer, activist and influencer Jola Ayeye, The Happy Noisemaker prioritizes books by Nigerian authors. On her blog of the same name, Ayeye writes reviews and general literary musings and provides opportunities to discuss books.

Aimed at attracting a global readership, The Happy Noisemaker is also hosting events virtually to ensure people from all over the world can attend. Past book selections include Yenagoa mechanics by Michael Afenfia, and Ogadinma: or, everything will be fine by Ukamaka Olisakwe.

Learn more about this book club here.

If you want to read with us!

The Global Citizen Book Club offers bimonthly discussions with authors of books that explore social justice and global politics. We also publish reviews and interviews with the authors.

Throughout the month, we also talk about books on the Global Citizen All-Access page on Facebook, where dedicated global citizens share their thoughts on all kinds of topics.

Previous books include Soul City: Race, Equality, and the Lost Dream of an American Utopia by Thomas Healy, and The End of Bias: A Beginning: Science and Practice to Overcome Unconscious Bias by Jessica Nordell.

To learn more about the Global Citizen Book Club, click here.

If you want to read feminist page-turners

Sometimes you just want a page turner. That’s what the Bad Bitch Book Club (BBBC) aims to deliver to readers each month.

With more than 12,000 members on Facebook, the BBBC offers plenty of opportunities to discuss monthly book selections, whether through local meetups, online chats or Zoom chats.

Past books of the month include Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé and The evanescent half by Brit Bennett. This month’s selection is the memoir Beautiful land by Qian Julie Wong.

Learn more about this book club here.

If you want to think about world politics

Verso Books is one of the largest independent publishing houses in the United States. Known for his visionary and utopian politics, Verso hosts in-person events and is a nexus for political organizing.

The organization also hosts a regular book club that explores global politics through works that “challenge capitalism, racism, and patriarchy, debate the future of the planet, and work for real political change.”

Past titles include planet on fire by Laurie Laybourn-Langton and Mathew Lawrence, and Tomorrow, sex will be good again: women and Desire in the Age of Consent by Katherine Angel.

Learn more about this book club here.