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 Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories From the Harlem Renaissance by Zora Neale Hurston.

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: From “one of the greatest writers of our time” (Toni Morrison)—the author of Barracoon and Their Eyes Were Watching God—a collection of remarkable stories, including eight “lost” Harlem Renaissance tales now available to a wide audience for the first time. In 1925, Barnard student Zora Neale Hurston—the sole black student at the college—was living in New York, “desperately striving for a toe-hold on the world.” During this period, she began writing short works that captured the zeitgeist of African American life and transformed her into one of the central figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Nearly a century later, this singular talent is recognized as one of the most influential and revered American artists of the modern period. Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick is an outstanding collection of stories about love and migration, gender and class, racism and sexism that proudly reflect African American folk culture. Brought together for the first time in one volume, they include eight of Hurston’s “lost” Harlem stories, which were found in forgotten periodicals and archives. These stories challenge conceptions of Hurston as an author of rural fiction and include gems that flash with her biting, satiric humor, as well as more serious tales reflective of the cultural currents of Hurston’s world. All are timeless classics that enrich our understanding and appreciation of this exceptional writer’s voice and her contributions to America’s literary traditions.

Zora Neale Hurston was a novelist, folklorist, dramatist, ethnographer, and cultural anthropologist. She is the author of four novels—Jonah’s Gourd Vine (1934); Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937); Moses, Man of the Mountain (1939); and Seraph on the Suwanee (1948); two books of folklore—Mules and Men (1935) and Tell My Horse (1938); the autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road (1942); and more than fifty short stories, essays, and plays. Her numerous posthumous publications include The Complete Stories, Mule Bone (with Langston Hughes), Every Tongue Got to Confess, and Barracoon. She attended Howard University, Barnard College, and Columbia University, and was a graduate of Barnard College in 1927. She was born on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, and grew up in Eatonville, Florida. She died in Fort Pierce in 1960. In 1973, Alice Walker had a headstone placed at her gravesite with this epitaph: “Zora Neale Hurston: A Genius of the South.”

Event date: 
Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories from the Harlem Renaissance Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062915795
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amistad - January 14th, 2020