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Frequently Asked Questions
What is AfroLA Book Club?
The vision was the creation of a “for us, by us” book club for local youth to read works from writers of color they might not come across at school, at home or otherwise. To the detriment of students, the literary canon they’re often first exposed to is white writers by default. So, we center and prioritize nonwhite voices. But, that doesn’t mean we won’t read a white author’s work.
We are an inclusive, safe space for meaningful conversations about identity, race, justice and more across literary genres. There are adult facilitators to coordinate meeting logistics (and most importantly, bring the snacks!) and help spur discussion points, but meetings are youth-led.
Who can attend?
All teens grades 8-12 are welcome:
- Regardless of where you live around L.A.-ish area or where/how you go to school
- Regardless of race, gender identity, etc.
Where do you meet?
We don’t have a permanent meeting spot, but we’re trying to pick places that are easily accessible to members (to get a ride, drive themselves, take public transit, etc.)
When do you meet?
We choose meeting times based on current members’ availability. In general, we meet on Saturday or Sunday afternoons.
So…is there food? 🤩
Yep, we got you. Food and drink are usually more snack-ish side (water, juice, chips, cookies), but we’re not opposed to ordering pizza or other having something more substantial if we have enough people scheduled to attend.
What are you reading right now?
Check out what we’re reading and find details on our next meeting below.
OK, I’m in. What do I do next?
To help us plan for how much food to buy and learn what you like to read, we ask participants to fill out a short form.
Sign up here → bit.ly/afrolabookclub
We also ask you to have a parent or guardian sign a consent form if you’re under 18. You can bring it with you to your first meeting, or email a copy (a cellphone pic will do) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can’t afford the book. Can you help?
Absolutely. We offer financial assistance and discounts to acquire books to those who need it. If you want to be here, we’ll help you get the book or buy it for you, no questions asked.
I have more questions and/or my parent/guardian wants to talk to who’s in charge.
Please reach out to Executive Director Dana Amihere, who helps facilitate Book Club, at email@example.com.
Our next meeting
Join us at the beach for Bonfire and Books! We’ll gather around the fire pit to make s’mores and hot dogs with hot cocoa. If you’re a new member, we ask your parent/guardian fill out this form for us. (You can bring a signed copy to the meeting or email a photo/scan to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, 4-7 p.m.
WHERE: Dockweiler State Beach, 12000 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
WHAT WE’RE READING:
March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
“March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.” (Penguin Random House)
Note: March is a trilogy, and we’re reading all three books for the meeting. (No worries, they aren’t very long and they’re all graphic novels.)
WHERE TO BUY March:
- Bookshop.org: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3
- Amazon: Trilogy box set
- Barnes & Noble: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3
- Walmart: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3
Local Black booksellers
- The Salt Eaters Bookshop (302 E Queen St, Inglewood, CA 90301)
- Reparations Club (4636 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016)
- Malik Books (3650 W Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Ste #245, Los Angeles, CA 90008)
- Octavia’s Bookshelf (1361 North Hill Ave., Pasadena, CA 91104)
WHERE TO BORROW March (e-books available):
- Los Angeles Public Library: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3
- Los Angeles County Library: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3
- Aug. 19 at Sims Library of Poetry, South Los Angeles
- “Coal” by Audre Lorde; “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks
- May 21 at Ivy Station, Culver City
- “My Name” by Sandra Cisneros, excerpted from The House on Mango Street