'Well-Read Black Girl' - Instagram, book club, and now book

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'Well-Read Black Girl' - Instagram, book club, and now book

Oct 26 2018

What started as Glory Edim's Instagram account has grown to a book club, a festival and now, a book, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves.

Well-Read Black Girl started as an online community in 2015, when Edim launched an Instagram account where she posted writers' quotes and shared the books she was reading. At the time, she was working at Kickstarter as a strategist but was privately thinking of ways to channel her love of books into a career. She was inspired by a gift from her longtime boyfriend: a T-shirt emblazoned with a custom crest that included the names of some of her favorite writers -- Gloria Naylor, Maya Angelou, Octavia Butler -- and, in academic font, his endearing name for her: Well-Read Black Girl...

Edim brings this sensibility to her book club by centering on black woman writers and often coaxing members to ask questions and join the conversation. "I want to hear them fully, and I want to help them feel listened to and seen," she said. "I am thinking solely about us, and everything else is secondary."

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