Read Black

Kindred Presents: Read Black

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The Kindred Team invites you to Read Black! Join us for a monthly book club designed to further the conversation on Black literature, history, and culture. Most months, we'll have a facilitated discussion about a selected book about the Black experience, fictional or real.

We'll also have a round-robin conversation on a theme in June and December. Bring a book to share with others and discover new books to enjoy. Kindred staff will collect titles for a list to be shared on the library website.

Read Black Events

More staff lists

41 for 41

YIKES! I continue to insist I don't look a day older than 28 while meeting my goal of enjoying 41 enlightening, transformative, yummy books!

Read Black Pride: The Master List 2021

In June, we met to discuss books by queer Black authors. Here are the books we were excited to discuss.

Read Black: Octavia Butler and Black Sci Fi

Octavia Butler was one of the greats & stands tall & mighty in the world of Black science fiction. Read more & discover other great voices.

Read Black Pride 2021

#ReadBlack in June will be a round-robin celebration of Pride and the work of Black members of the LGBTQ+ community past and present.

The Underground Railroad and Magic Realism

Fictionalized accounts often incorporate magic realism. This can be a means to engage with social-political issues & post-colonial horrors.

Black History, With Love

If you want to explore some Black history with a guaranteed happy ending, check out these romance novels, all by Black authors.

Black Poets You Should Know (and Love)!

Poetry Month reminds us that poets play an integral role in our culture & that poetry matters. Here are Black poets to know and love.

Read Black: Beyond Twisted

Here are some titles referenced in the book for further reading, and a few bonus reads, just for fun.

Strength of Character

Navigating their way through plots that are often dire, these characters leave lasting impressions with their powerful and potent words.

Writers During the Harlem Renaissance

This list spotlights writers of the Harlem Renaissance movement that had its pinnacle during the 1920s and 1930s.

Black and Queer

Celebrate Black History Month with some intersectionality! These are must reads not just for the month but all year round! #BlackLivesMatter

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority: A Sisterhood of Excellence

AKA is the first Greek-lettered sorority established by African-American college women, founded in 1908 at Howard University.

Black History Month - Soul Food

"Soul food has a rich and important history that ties Black culture to its African roots..." from BlackFoodie.co

Short Stories by Black Authors

Celebrate Black History Month with a collection of short stories by a Black author.

Read Harder 2021: Own Voices YA without Black Pain

Read Harder Challenge in 2021? Here are potential own voices young adult books with a Black protagonist that doesn't center Black pain.

Performers and Entertainers During the Harlem Renaissance

The Harlem Renaissance was a golden age for African American and Black artists, writers, and musicians.
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