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Created to unite Black Women who make up GR's literary community in a mission to foster connections and create a culture around books in West Michigan! We Are LIT Grand Rapids is a multicultural bookshop selling new, diverse books curated to connect readers of all ages to their interest. Through its membership with the American Booksellers Association (ABA) and in partnership with Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG) founder, Glory Edim, We Are LIT is excited to collaborate with Grand Rapids Public Library Youth Services Manager, Jessica; and Paper Cutz Book Club founder, Renida Clark to bring book club meet ups to Grand Rapids and support the goal of the partnership between the ABA and Edim to “amplify diverse voices and support emerging writers of color."
Summer, Summer, Summertime!
The summer season is among us and that means it is time to dive into a good book...or FOUR!
On February 16, We Are LIT's owner Kendra had the pleasure of joining Dr. Regis M. Fox in conversation around her book "Resistance Reimagined: Black Women's Critical Thought as Survival" during the Grand Rapids' Public Library's annual Taste of Soul Sunday celebration in honor of Black History.
Wednesday, June 12th: WRBGgr kicked off its Summer Series with a meet and greet at New Hotel Mertens and its rooftop lounge Haute! The group engaged in conversation around books and individual reading interests over food, wine and music!
The group also engaged in conversation around beauty and conformity based on its July Book Club Read "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison.
Thursday, August 29, 2019: Well-Read Black Girl Grand Rapids met up for its 3rd Summer Series Book Club where the group engaged in conversation around the young adult novel "Monday's Not Coming." The discussion was lead by Jessica Bratt, Youth Services Manager at the Grand Rapids Public Library and centered on issues around the lack of attention given to missing Black girls, systemic and community failures regarding victims of child abuse, and a way forward.
Saturday, September 28, 2019: Well-Read Black Girl Grand Rapids got together for its final Book Club meet up in its Summer Series. The conversation around Gabrielle Union’s memoir “We’re Going to Need More Wine” was moderated by Renida, founder of Paper Cutz Book Club, who kicked things off with a Mindful Meditation. During the month of October we will be joining other #WRBG book clubs in reading Jacqueline Woodson’s latest novel, Red at the Bone.