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For the Black girls in the forgotten spaces.
Bringing together an international community of women of color through reading and dialogue. 

SBG Book Club is not just about what book to read. It’s about the community we have access to. It’s about helping each one of us to find the intelligence we hold inside. It’s about digging deeper and building out a world that is bigger than us.

So join the community and come along for the ride.



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Author Chat

Tia Williams is joining the SBG Book Club for an Author Chat on her novel, Seven Days in June, our November General Track read.
Submit your questions for Tia Williams here.

Pick up the syllabus for Seven Days in June (on sale for $3.99!), then join us for what is sure to be an amazing Live Discussion!

December 2nd at 5:30PM EST

All lives are multistreamed to our Facebook Group YouTube Channel. 

General Track

Book of the Month
November 2021

Join our General Track discussions and author chats for this great read in the month of November!

Seven Days in June

Tia Williams

A quirky, witty love story that surrounds life’s complications with Black joy. The SBG Book Club’s first romance novel!

A captivating contemporary story of romantic connection and love in an unforgiving world overlaid with challenging themes of poverty, disability, and childhood trauma that the author fearlessly addresses with grace and tenderness. 

Dig deeper & enhance your readings...for
you and your community.
Curate your own reading circles with our syllabi!
Curated by a cohort of graduate level of Black women researchers.

Exploration Track

Fall Rotation
Thru December 2021

Join our Exploration Track discussions, as we delve into a collection of essays from Toni Morrison, on whiteness and the literary imagination. 

Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments

Saidiya Hartman

Beautifully written and deeply researched, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments examines the revolution of black intimate life that unfolded in Philadelphia and New York at the beginning of the twentieth century. In wrestling with the question of what a free life is, many young black women created forms of intimacy and kinship indifferent to the dictates of respectability and outside the bounds of law. They cleaved to and cast off lovers, exchanged sex to subsist, and revised the meaning of marriage. Longing and desire fueled their experiments in how to live. They refused to labor like slaves or to accept degrading conditions of work. Here, for the first time, these women are credited with shaping a cultural movement that transformed the urban landscape. Through a melding of history and literary imagination, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments recovers these women’s radical aspirations and insurgent desires.


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