Welcome back to the Black Lit Book Club, hosted by Shannon Hanks-Mackey, managing editor of the Black Scholar journal. Gathering on the last Tuesday of each month, readers will explore the works of black authors from Africa and across the diaspora. This is a book club intended for black, indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC).
Book club titles will not be limited to any one genre, and monthly picks may be pulled from fiction, history, mystery, graphica, sci-fi/fantasy, young adult, poetry, and more. This month's book selection is My Soul Looks Back by Jessica B. Harris.
All monthly book club titles are discounted 20% for the month prior to the book club meeting. No purchase required. Drink specials (both alcoholic and non) are available from Raconteur during book club meetings.
The bookstore is on a street-level floor with wide aisles and no stairs to meeting area or to the wheelchair accessible restroom. There are two accessible parking spaces available near the front entrance (permit required). We ask that all attendees help make this a fragrance-free zone by not wearing scented products to the meeting.
A fascinating memoir of New York City in the glamorous 1970s, where author Jessica B. Harris's circle included Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Imari Baraka, Toni Morrison and other members of the Black intelligentsia.
Harris hosts a monthly radio program, "My Welcome Table," about the food and culture of different cities, on the Heritage Radio Network. She has been awarded a James Beard Who's Who of Food and Beverage, which acknowledges her contributions to the field, as well as an IACP Award for her book, High on the Hog, a history of African American food. Food and culture are her particular interests, which she combines to extraordinary effect in this memoir of an amazing era, even including a relevant recipe for each chapter to form a connection with her food audience.