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Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19119
Jamila Latham's Woke & Well-Read meets the third week every month — after attendance at the first meeting overfilled the space, the club is now meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday nights to accommodate everyone. You can attend either night each month — we'll be discussing the same book each night.
Our April selection is «Wake of the Wind» by J California
Woke & Well-Read will look at life through the eyes of African American authors. We will explore some of the legendary greats (that some of us are ashamed we have not read yet), as well as contemporary favorites and writers who are up-and-coming. Our space will be open and respectful and also unafraid of the heated passions that arise when confronting issues faced by African American communities. The book club is open to everyone, and rooted in Black culture. We welcome diversity because we know that diverse ideas can birth fresh answers. The group expects that some of the books we read will challenge our understanding of our histories, some will explore popular topics in African American communities, and some will make us laugh heartily.
Facilitator Jamila Latham is a social worker, inspiring writer, and local entrepreneur. Every since she was a child loved to study people so in her later years in life she decided to make it official and attain a Psychology degree. She is amazed at the complexity and multi-dimensions of human behavior. Jamila enjoys good conversation and bringing people together, a combination that inspired the Woke & Well-Read Book Club. She says “There is a real need for us to get acquainted with these authors. By doing this we are preserving African American heritage and building generational, ethic, and cultural bridges.”
February 20 & 21 — Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
March 20 & 21 — Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
April 17 & 18 – Wake of the Wind by J California
May 15 & 16 — The House that Jack Built by Jamila Latham
June 19 & 20 – Baracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
July 17 & 18 – The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis