New Books and Programs Every Month
The Givens Foundation believes that communities are sustained and strengthened, in part, through a mix of reading – academic, vocational, and for pleasure. We also believe there is a transformational power in neighbors coming together to explore and share stories.
Black Books is a community reading program, a monthly podcast book club, and a jumping off point for book lovers. Each month features a different book selection, in any genre, and a range of programs to help deepen understanding and enjoyment. With support from community partners, the Givens Foundation provides a limited number of free copies of the selected texts for book club participants. We partner with independent book stores and public libraries to promote the monthly selection, and to present panel discussions, film screenings, or writing workshops. Discussion guides are available to help reading groups and book clubs engage with literary themes, and every month we devote an episode to a book club discussion of our weekly podcast, Black Market Reads.
Is your book club, youth organization, or school interested in participating? Sign up here.
Check the calendar and sign up for the Givens mailing list for the latest info on upcoming activities.
2016 Black Books
January See No Color, by Shannon Gibney
February The Sellout, by Paul Beatty
March The Turner House, by Angela Flournoy
April What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, by Helen Oyeyemi
May Citizen, by Claudia Rankine
June Negroland, by Margo Jefferson
July Blackass, by A. Igoni Barrett
August I’ll Never Write My Memoirs, by Grace Jones
September The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
October Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
November The Cooking Gene, by Michael Twitty
December Welcome to Braggsville, by T. Geronimo Johnson