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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.

When and where is the next meeting?

Check below for details on our next meeting and past meetings.

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 →

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

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

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Past meetings

October 2023

We gathered around the fire pit to make s’mores and hot dogs with hot cocoa for Bonfire and Books. We read the graphic novel trilogy March, a first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. We talked about how Lewis and many others fought anti-Black hate and segregation. We discussed how that fight continues today. Black people continue to suffer the effects of historical segregation, including redlining and the racial wealth gap, and the conversation around for reparations for these injustices.



Local Black booksellers

WHERE TO BORROW March (e-books available):

Need a library card? Start here (LAPL) and here (County Library)

August 2023

May 2023

  • May 21 at Ivy Station, Culver City
  • “My Name” by Sandra Cisneros, excerpted from The House on Mango Street
AfroLA founder Dana Amihere (front left), co-facilitator and local poet Matthew Cuban Hernandez (front right) and co-facilitator Katie Licari (back left) with our first book club meeting attendees in May 2023. (Credit: Matthew Cuban Hernandez)
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