Any open-minded compassionate woman who is interested in reading books by people of color is welcome to join our bookclub. Because authors of color are a very small part of the author list in some book clubs and in the publishing world in general, they are our focus here. We hope to develop into a group of diverse friends who enjoy talking about books together over a meal. Welcome!
Times: Note that we usually meet the first Sunday of the month, 12:30-2:30pm, unless it overlaps with something like Easter weekend in which case we'll pick the next Sunday instead. Readings: At each meeting, we pick the book for discussion at the next meetup so generally there is about a month to read each book. We pick quite approachable readings usually, not necessarily literary classics (though sometimes they are), from a wide range of genres, often fiction, all by an author of color. RSVP Rules/Venue: Please try and let us know at least 48 hours in advance if you don't think you will be able to make it and, if not, change your RSVP to reflect this. Most meetings are at restaurants, which means we have to reserve seats for everyone in advance. Inaccurate numbers mean we are taking up seats that the restaurant could have used for someone else. Also, we have to limit the size of each bookclub discussion to make it manageable and if you have RSVP'd but are a no-show, you are taking up a valuable slot that someone else wanted. If you have a habit of RSVPing and then not showing up then we may have to remove you from the group in order to avoid the above-mentioned consequences. Thank you.
Please bring £1 to cover the meet up fee, and perhaps a copy of the book!
Tell Me How It Ends is a long essay based on Valeria Luiselli's experiences of working as a translator for the unaccompanied child refugees who arrive at the US-Mexico border from the ‘Northern Triangle’ of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Luiselli herself was born in Mexico and moved to the US as an adult. Luiselli's latest novel, Lost Children Archive, has just been longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction.
Tell Me How it Ends is reviewed in the Guardian here https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/22/tell-me-how-it-ends-valeria-luiselli-mexican-migrant-children-us-border
Luiselli talks more generally about her work here https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/arts/valeria-luiselli-lost-children-archive.html
NOTE CHANGE OF DATE DUE TO BANK HOLIDAY. Central Newcastle venue tbc.