EDC Creations, The Sankofa Literary Society and The Black Authors Network are proud to announce the launch of the 2011-2012 “Give the Gift of Knowledge Campaign,” bringing readers and authors together to help improve literacy. We encourage all readers to purchase books to give as gifts all year long. Each year thousands of people – educators, concerned parents, community leaders, authors, poets and publishers – devote their time and resources to presenting the reader with great books!
However, too many outstanding books do not get the attention and reader support that they deserve. It is our mission to connect readers with these hidden gems and bring them books that will change their lives. Let’s “Give the Gift of Knowledge” and help to strengthen our future generations!
We would like to honor the men and women who are the force behind the “Give the Gift of Knowledge Campaign.” The featured groups create the foundation of the literary world! They are the people who make bestsellers. Listed below are the bookclubs the SLS voted on as the Top Bookclubs of 2010 based on their community service and dedication to promoting quality literature!
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BLACK PEARLS TOP 20 BOOKCLUBS
We are proud to announce our list of 2010 favorite bookclubs. The list below is compiled of book clubs that are serving their community and its authors by helping to increase literacy and the visibility of Black Books.
You can read in-depth interviews with the bookclubs here.
1. Go On Girl! Book Club-31 chapters in 13 states
2. R.A.R.E. (Reading And Rapping Experience)
3. Girlfriends Book Clubs – 7 chapters
4. The Readers Journey Book Club Network
5. Reading Circle of Friends (RCOF)
6. SAGE, Sistahs Acquiring Goals Through Excellence
7. Divine Sister Book Club of Memphis, TN
8. The Pillars Book Club, TX and LA
9. Phenomenal Women Book Club, of New Orleans
10. Alakaye Book Club
11. Book Talk Book Club Atlanta
12. The Black Orchids Book Club, Houston, TX- 21 members
13. 7th Ward Readers, New Orleans -147 members
14. Faith’s RN Readers, Washington, DC – 23 members
15. Literary Lunch Bunch (LLB) – ages from 62 to 87 years old
16. The Reading Divas Book Club, Maryland
17. Circle of Color Book Club (COC) Mississippi
18. Only One Key Stroke Away (O.O.S.A.)
19. KC Girlfriends Book Club
20. D.I.V.A.S Divine Book Club NY
Bookclubs are Important!
The words “book club” conjures up visions of middle-aged women gathering to gossip, discuss books and to chat about their ordinary lives over wine and cheese. However, this is far from the truth as organized, independent book clubs of all sorts have recently gained attention across the country. We now have a network of social clubs, youth groups, savings clubs and non-profits as members of The Sankofa Literary Society! Reading is a passion to be proud of and we have a wonderful selections of groups to prove it! If you would like for your group to be interviewed for the next issue of Black Pearls, email Ella Curry here.
We are here to give these groups the recognition they deserve! These clubs have varied goals, but are definitely creating a impact in the publishing industry. The primary focus of this initiative is to advance African American literature and to increase awareness of their voice in the marketplace. Please join me in welcoming the readers, bookclubs and social networks that create bestsellers. View all of the featured bookclub interviews here. Download the keepsake magazine of the bookclubs here.
Thank you all for supporting the authors who are living their dreams! Please share this list of awesome readers with your network too. If you are a bookclub on this list, please stop by and share with us your latest news, events and book-of-the-month. What are you reading now?
Ella Curry, EDC Creations Media Group