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Deesha Philyaw is gracing the SBG Book Club with an Author Chat for her novel, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, our October General Track read. This is a read you do NOT want to miss! Submit your questions for Deesha Philywaw here.
Pick up the syllabus for The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, then join us for what is sure to be an amazing Live Discussion!
October 4th at 4pm EST
Book of the Month
Join our General Track discussions and author chats for this great read in the month of September!
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. The nine stories in this collection feature four generations of characters grappling with who they want to be in the world, caught as they are between the church’s double standards and their own needs and passions.
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Curated by a cohort of graduate level of Black women researchers.
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
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.