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Those who are interested in discussing stories from an Afro-centric perspective will have a new opportunity to do so. Evanston Public Library’s African American Literature discussion group welcomes a new book discussion leader, Susan McClelland. She plans to expand the conversation around the Black experience and current events in the Americas by reading stories told from a non-European worldview. The selections cross the genres of fiction, non-fiction, biography, memoir, history, and literary criticism.
The group will meet on the second Wednesday of the month at the Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St. and will host local authors for author talks whenever possible. All are welcome.
The African American Literature discussion group will next meet at 7 p.m. on March 14 to discuss “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankine, which is part of the Library’s 10 week community reading program, Evanston Reads.
Future selections include:” We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories” by Gabrielle Union (April 11);” Stay with Me,” by Ayobami Adebayo (May 9); “Sing, Unburied Sing,” by Jesmyn Ward (June 13); and “What We Lose,” by Zinzi Clemmons (July 11).
Those wishing to join the group may register at epl.org or call 847-448-8620. Copies of each book will be available at the Reader’s Advisory desk on the main Library’s second floor.