New Books and Programs Every Month

Givens Black Books engages individuals and groups in literary exchange by reading and discussing books that inspire, encourage, and delight readers. The reading campaign features monthly book selections and a series of public events, panel discussions, film screenings and community gatherings across the Twin Cities. With support from community partners, the Givens Foundation provides a limited number of free copies of the selected texts for book club participants.

Is your book club, youth organization, or school interested in participating? Sign up here.

Black Books Talks are held every month. Check the calendar and sign up for the Givens mailing list for the latest info on upcoming activities.


2015 Black Books

September: Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay

October: Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, Ed. Walidah Imarisha, Adrienne Maree Brown

November: Loving Day, Mat Johnson

December: Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota, Ed. Alexs Pate, Pamela Fletcher, and J. Otis Powell