Honoring Black History Month
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Nelson Mandela, of course, is the source of this famous quote, and it seems particularly appropriate this month: Black History Month. For the last couple of months, we've been hearing comments from longtime Bookstore customers that they want, even need, to educate themselves on the issues our world is facing currently.
February is the time for all people of good will to become educated on the subject of race in our country. So the staff at The Bookstore is challenging our customers to read at least one book this month from our diverse collection. There are a number of new titles as well as some older titles that are worth revisiting. Look for our store display or click here for a selection of our Black History Month picks. Some favorites include:
- Loving Vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell, a young adult title written in free verse. A powerful overview of what life was like in the ‘50s and ‘60s, beautifully done.
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a book to make you uncomfortable, if you are white, but also a powerful look at what it is like to be black in today’s America.
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson. If you are feeling very ambitious, this book is a classic history of the mass migration of blacks out of the deep south to northern cities looking for a better life, covering the era from 1915 to 1970.
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson looks at the judicial system as it currently exists in the Deep South, again a profound read.
- Birmingham Revolution by Edward Gilbreath. If you are looking for a Christian perspective on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this is the book for you.
- New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Waking Up White by Debby Irving
- Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy
- Negroland: a Memoir by Margo Jefferson
- March Trilogy (three graphic novels) by John Lewis
- Hidden Figures by Margot Shetterly
Author Appearance: Glennette Tilley Turner
This month, we also invite you to meet author and friend of The Bookstore Glennette Tilley Turner, who will sign copies of her new book, An Apple for Harriet Tubman, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.
A historian and educator, Glennette taught for 20 years in the Wheaton-Warrenville Public School System. She also is a consultant and historical researcher about the Underground Railroad.
Her books include "Fort Mose and the Story of the Man Who Built the First Free Black Settlement in Colonial America," "Billy the Barber's Mirror" and "Take A Walk in Their Shoes: Biographies of 14 Outstanding African Americans," among others.
Stop in The Bookstore and tell us about the books that are opening your mind and inspiring action.
More Author Appearances
- Laurena Aker will sign copies of Fan Phenomena: The Twilight Saga at 1 p.m. Feb. 4.
- Fred Minnick will discuss Whiskey and Words at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. He'll also sign copies of his books The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of American Whiskey and Whiskey Woman. RSVP $35 at the library.
- For writers seeking information about editing, common mistakes in manuscripts, and what makes a book "good," we'll host "An Evening with an Editor" with Kaylynn Hills at 7 p.m. Feb. 16. RSVP.
- Alexandra Georgas will sign copies of her book Mom & Me: My Journey with Mom's Schizophrenia at 1 p.m. Feb. 18.
- J. Girard Jr. will sign copies of his book What It Takes at 1 p.m. Feb. 18.
- Raymond Benson will discuss the James Bond Phenomenon and sign copies of his books in The Black Stiletto series at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. RSVP.
Reading Group Night — Save the Date: March 7
We're planning our annual Reading Group Night, when we present books that are ideal for group discussions. The date is set for Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. Our Reading Group Night is excellent way to discover new books that will interest every member of your club (though maybe not at the same time). RSVP today by calling us at 630-469-2891. Or email us at email@example.com
Attention: Book Clubs
Send us your lists! Has your group decided on titles for the new year? Let us know so we can have them in stock when you need one. If your book club tends to decide on titles month by month, just include us in your group email. We have a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bookstore Gives Back
The Bookstore staff is proud to serve our community. We contribute in a variety of ways: donations, volunteering and in-kind exchanges. Last month, we supported the following organizations: Family Shelter Service, Arbor View School, Benjamin Franklin School, Montini High School, and the District 41 Musical Education Foundation. Good luck in your endeavors!
Our Local Author Policy Updates
So you've written a book, gotten it published, and of course you want to share it with the world! Here's how The Bookstore can help. See our updated Local Author Policy.