Well-Read Black Girl Book Club

Join us for our Well-Read Black Girl Book Club Meet-Up facilitated by Dameda J. Finney! We'll be meeting monthly on the last Thursday of each month, and this month's book club pick is Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid.

The American Booksellers Association is partnering with Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim to bring book club meetings to independent bookstores nationwide with the goal of amplifying diverse voices and supporting emerging writers of color. While the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club is focused on empowering Black women writers, we encourage readers who identify as genderqueer, non-binary, or others who feel inspired by what we’re doing to join us and be a part of our community. As a community, Well-Read Black Girl (WRBG) and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) are focused on the need for inclusion, equity, and diverse voices within the book industry. We want to emphasize the importance of representing a variety of voices but also encourage publishers to create books that represent a wider set of experiences and perspectives. In 2019, our primary focus is on uplifting women and non-binary writers of color. Find out more about Glory and Well-Read Black Girl on Instagram.

Our facilitator Dameda J. Finney’s motivation in life, that is inspired by her teenage daughter, is to be an authentic force for the younger generation - particularly for young black girls. For five years she has volunteered for the African Caribbean Heritage Camp (ACHC) where she has been a workshop facilitator for middle school girls, a youth counselor, a counselor coordinator for the youth counselors, camp liaison, and a member of the Advisory Board. All of which have taught her the importance of showing up everyday as her best self - for herself and for the young people who observe her. Dameda is currently working to launch her business that focuses on mobilizing white and black peoples from all generations to unite through conscious conversations & action with the intent to exert power upon institutionalized, oppressive systems.

About the Book: A striking and surprising debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store’s security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right. But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other. With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.

About the Author: Kiley Reid earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was awarded the Truman Capote Fellowship and taught undergraduate creative writing workshops with a focus on race and class. Her short stories have been featured in PloughsharesDecemberNew South, and Lumina. Reid lives in Philadelphia.

Event date: 
Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Such a Fun Age Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525541905
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - December 31st, 2019