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