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Woke & Well-Read Book Club: Home Going by Yaa Gyasi

Our February/Black History Month read is Yaa Gyasi’s Home Going. A winner of the PEN/ Hemingway Award, winner of the NBCC's John Leonard Award, a New York Times Notable Book, and a Washington Post Notable Book - among other awards - Home Going is the story of two half-sisters born in 18th century Ghana. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.

Woke & Well-Read is going into our third season this fall, facilitated by Tiffany Foxworth. The group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month, from 7 – 8:30 pm.

Woke & Well-Read will look at life through the eyes of African American authors. We will explore some of the legendary greats 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.

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