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I was first introduced to Glory Edim, the amazing young woman behind the Well-Read Black Girl book club, through Twitter. She often tweeted inspiring quotes by some of my favorite authors. I immediately started following her and quickly realized she was the real deal.
Her book club became a book festival and then an anthology, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, which was published this fall. Glory edited the collection of essays with a diverse group of Black women writers, including Tayari Jones, Jesmyn Ward and Jacqueline Woodson. Each author was asked to write about when they first felt seen in literature.
Reading these incredible writers talking about the books that shaped them was a real treat. The anthology also introduced me to some new authors I can't wait to read.
If you love books, you must read this anthology. Whether you consider yourself a well-read black girl or not, this book is an incredible resource for anyone looking to add to their TBR list.
I caught up with Glory in November at the Miami Book Fair.
- How she hopes to build a legacy for Black women
- Why she insists on finishing every book she starts
- How she and her mom used reading to connect with one another
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We'll send a free, signed copy of Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves to the first listener to tell us one of the books Glory listed as a "forever book." You can tweet us the answer @ReadMorePodcast or write it on our Facebook page.
If you have won a ReadMore giveaway in the last 90 days, you're ineligible. If we ever shared a meal at Chase or Lenoir, you're probably ineligible. ReadMore does not have a friends and family plan. But we'll always be able to bond over our UNC One cards.
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UPDATE: On 12/29, @che_cherose318 reached out to us on Twitter with the correct answer to win a free, signed copy of Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves.