African American Authors Book Club

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m.
At the Athens-Clarke County Library

The African American Authors Book Club is for anyone who is interested and who loves to read. The books are selected by members of the book club and are primarily books written by African American authors. Our objective is to broaden our knowledge of the many African American authors and their writings and just have fun reading.

Go Gator and Muddy the Water

Bookcover

November 18, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

Go Gator and Muddy the Water by Zora Neale Hurston: Stories on the manners and mores of African-Americans in 1930s Florida. They were written when the author was employed by the federal government to transcribe the oral history and to collect data on the customs of black people. At the time, few of her stories made it into print. - Publisher

Meeting is off-site. Please contact the library if you are attending for the first time.

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Bookcover

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin: The story of John, a fourteen-year-old boy whose stepfather is a Pentecostal minister in Harlem in 1935, as he struggles to discover his own identity. - Publisher

Special guest speaker for our September meeting: Dr. Ed Pavlic from the UGA English Department will be speaking to the group regarding his research on James Baldwin.

Home

Bookcover

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

Home by Toni Morrison: An angry and self-loathing veteran of the Korean War, Frank Money finds himself back in racist America after enduring trauma on the front lines that left him with more than just physical scars. His home--and himself in it--may no longer be as he remembers it, but Frank is shocked out of his crippling apathy by the need to rescue his medically abused younger sister and take her back to the small Georgia town they come from, which he's hated all his life. As Frank revisits the memories from childhood and the war that leave him questioning his sense of self, he discovers a profound courage he thought he could never possess again. A deeply moving novel about an apparently defeated man finding his manhood--and his home. - Publisher