Children of Blood and Bone is a fantasy novel by Nigerian-American novelist Tomi Adeyemi, published on March 6, 2018. The story follows Zélie Adebola, who sets out on a task to restore magic in the country of Orïsha. Adeyemi drew inspiration from Yoruba culture and Western fantasy fiction like Harry Potter and Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Adeyemi has said the idea for the novel came after a trip to Brazil, describing: "I was in a gift shop there and the African gods and goddesses were depicted in such a beautiful and sacred way … it really made me think about all the beautiful images we never see featuring black people".
We're baaack! It's been TOO LONG since our last Meet Up!
Join us Saturday, August 25 at 2 p.m. Our next selection: Zora Neale Hurston's NYT best-selling book, "Barracoon: the Story of the Last 'Black Cargo.'"
We're excited to read and discuss the true story about one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade. In 1927, author and cultural anthropologist Hurston interviewed Lewis who had been captured in Benin and brought to Alabama in 1860 - decades after the U.S. had signed a law banning the Atlantic slave trade.
Check out below what two noted literary voices had to say about Zora and her work:
“One of the greatest writers of our time.”—Toni Morrison
“Zora Neale Hurston’s genius has once again produced a Masterpiece.”—Alice Walker
Join the Black Readers Society as we explore this amazing book.
We hope you are as excited as we are about the New Year! It’s been a while since our last read, so let's go!!
”If there was one thing that South Carolina feared more than bad Negro government, it was good Negro government.’’ That quote, made by civil rights icon W.E.B. Du Bois in regard to voting barriers South Carolina began to impose in the 1890s to undermine Reconstruction, sets up a key premise in We Were Eight Years In Power: An American Tragedy, the new essay collection from Ta-Nehisi Coates. He confronts the legacy of President Barack Obama, the election of Donald Trump, and what each says about the intractability of race in our country.
Our next selection: "Kindred" by Octavia E. Butler.
According to some noted reviewers...
"Octavia Butler is a writer who will be with us for a long, long time, and Kindred is that rare magical artifact . . . the novel one returns to, again and again."—Harlan Ellison
"One cannot finish Kindred without feeling changed. It is a shattering work of art with much to say about love, hate, slavery, and racial dilemmas, then and now." —Sam Frank, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner
"In Kindred, Octavia Butler creates a road for the impossible and a balm for the unbearable. It is everything the literature of science fiction can be." —Walter Mosley
Join the Black Readers Society as we explore this amazing novel.
We're excited to read this little known gem!
This humorous work of speculative fiction was written by an unsung hero of African-American literature. George S. Schuyler [masked]) wrote for black America's most influential newspaper, the Pittsburgh Courier, in addition to H. L. Mencken's The American Mercury, The Nation, and other publications. His biting satire not only debunks the myths of white supremacy and racial purity but also lampoons prominent leaders of the NAACP and the Harlem Renaissance.
UPDATE: We've selected a date and time! Saturday, September 3 at 2 p.m. We're also looking for black-owned bookstores, coffee shops and/or restaurants for this and future meetings. If you know of any places we should be patronizing, please let us know! :-)
Thanks to all who came out to discuss If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin. It was a great discussion and I love that we laughed a lot, despite how emotionally difficult the book was.
Pick up our next book and get to reading! Date and place for the next meeting TBD. :-)
I'm Angela, one of your co-organizers. Atiya and I are SO EXCITED to see so many people interested in Black Readers Society!
For our first book, we're going to read "If Beale Street Could Talk" by James Baldwin. Here's a link to get it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/If-Beale-Street-Could-Talk/dp/0307275930?ie=UTF8&keywords=if%20beale%20street%20could%20talk&qid=1465316962&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1
Grab the book and get to reading! We'll meet on Saturday, July 23 in the afternoon. We'll confirm time and place ASAP!
See you soon!