West Lafayette Public Library is looking forward to collaborating with Purdue University Black Cultural Center on several virtual book discussion groups this spring and summer featuring memoirs, speculative fiction, graphic novels, and activist voices!
Free copies of each book are available on request as supplies last.
Each book will be discussed over the course of two meetings. The meetings do have separate registration forms – please make sure to complete both, or contact us with any questions!
No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America by Darnell Moore
This memoir by writer & activist Darnell L. Moore has been called “an engaging meditation on identity and creativity.” Moore reflects on his experiences growing up poor, Black, & queer in New Jersey during the 80s and 90s. Recommended for readers 18+.
Meetings on Feb 4 & 11 at 7:00 pm.
Register at tinyurl.com/noashes2 by Feb 11.
How Long ‘til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
Explore feminist and afro-centric speculative fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy by multiple-award winning author N.K. Jemisin. Pen America writes, “Jemisin’s stories are discerning, thought-provoking, and beautifully crafted, showcasing a master at work.” Each evening will discuss a selection of short stories from the book with room to explore. Recommended for readers 18+
Meets on February 16 & 25 at 7:00 pm
Register at tinyurl.com/howlongbook1 by Feb 17
YOUTH & TEEN
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Craft’s Newberry and Coretta Scott King-award winning graphic novel finds 7th grader Jordan Banks torn between two worlds when his parents enroll him in a mostly-white prestigious private school instead of the art academy of his dreams. Open to readers in 4-8th grade.
Meets on March 16 & 19 at 3:00 pm
Register at tinyurl.com/newkidbook1 by March 15
When They Call You a Terrorist (Young Adult edition) by Patrisse Cullors & asha bandele
Adapted for younger audiences, this bestselling work by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors explores the author’s upbringing and influences and the larger civil rights movement still taking place today. School Library Journal says, “This book is more than the origin story of BLM and more than Khan-Cullors’s revolutionary journey. She creates space for difficult thoughts and conversations to begin.” Open to readers entering grades 7 -12.
Meets July 20 and 23 from 2:00 – 3:30 at Purdue Black Cultural Center
Email aschoolman [at]wlaf.lib.in.us with questions.