Chicago Rapper Noname Launches Book Club Celebrating Writers Of Color

PUBLISHED: Sep 27, 2019 5:18 PM

If you’re looking for a new book to read for the next time you travel, you may find your next piece of literature through a book club that features writers of color.

Chicago rapper Noname, real name Fatimah Warner, is taking steps after her mother, the first black woman in Chicago to own a bookstore, by launching Noname’s Book Club. Her book club will honor her mother’s legacy by providing “reading material for the homies,” as stated on the book club’s Twitter account.

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Noname, who grew up in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, is aiming to highlight the progressive works within the LGBTQ community and writers of color.  

The book club will feature two books per month: one that will be classified as “informative text” and the other one will be “creative work.”

More than 40,000 Twitter users follow the book club where users are expressing the impact the club is having as well as suggestions of their own.

“Ever since I joined your book club, I’ve realized my grammar has begun to redevelop itself,” one user tweeted to Noname Books.

Right now, the Books of the Month are Faces & Masks: Memory of Fire by Eduardo Galeano and Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli.

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In addition to the online bookworm community, Noname is in the process of setting up local chapters across major cities in the U.S., so readers can meet up and talk about their latest read at black-owned book stores, as reported in Book Riot.

The “Room 25” rapper said she also plans to record a podcast at the end of every month to talk about the readings.

Stay up-to-date with the latest books, community events, and more through the Noname’s Book Club website.

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