June 26, 2022

Dozens of independent bookstores will host book clubs for well-read black girls

As part of the American Booksellers Association’s new partnership with Glory Edim to host Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG) book club meetings at independent bookstores nationwide, booksellers are encouraged to 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.

Dozens of stores have already registered to participate. Stores that sign up to host book clubs:

  • Be included in the program’s ABA promotion in print and online

  • Be featured on an interactive online map of places hosting book clubs so that interested readers can search by zip code

  • Receive marketing materials to use in-store and online to promote the book club

  • Receive a showcase kit from Random House

  • Be invited to attend webinars on how to start and host a WRBG book club

As events are scheduled, Edim, which launched Well-Read Black Girl in 2015, will promote independent bookstores on its social media platform and encourage subscribers to ask their local store to host a reading Club. Additionally, Edim will lead a workshop at the Seventh Annual Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh in June to discuss best practices and tips for starting a Well-Read Black Girl book club.

In September, each participating Well-Read Black Girl book club will read the same title (TBD), and Edim will visit a number of independent bookstores and Skype book clubs throughout the fall.

Well-Read Black Girl provides a vital space for black female readers and writers to connect and grow in conversation. Every month, Edim organizes book club meetings, readings and discussions on Twitter (#WRBGChat) with emerging and established authors, and the thriving online community now has over 192,000 Instagram followers, 46,700 Twitter followers and 13,200 Facebook followers.

Edim is the winner of the 2017 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes Innovator Award and a board member of New York’s Housing Works bookstore. His book Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Us was published by Ballantine Books on October 30, 2018.

Keep an eye out for future issues of Library this week to learn more about this collaboration.