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Through Her Book Club, Noname Is Bringing Exposure To Writers Of Color

Noname’s Book Club celebrates progressive writers of color and writers within the LGBTQ community.

 

Chicago-based artist and rapper Noname, born as Fatimah Nyeema Warner, has launched her own book club. 

Simply titled “Noname’s Book Club” with the tagline Reading material for the homies, the artist is celebrating progressive writers of color and writers within the LGBTQ community. 

Two literary works will be featured per month. For September, Don’t Call Us Dead by National Book Award Finalist Danez Smith and The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty are the chosen works of literature. 

“Ummm… @NonameBooks picking my book might be the best award I’ve ever received. I feel very blessed and loved by the crew of readers,” tweeted Smith after discovering his book was chosen. 

Through the platform of Twitter alone, Noname’s book club has already reached a following of 40,000 readers and book enthusiasts. The 27-year-old is providing a wonderful space for authors and readers alike to engage in conversation about the books of the month and other reads.

Noname is following the footsteps of her mother, who was the first black woman to own her own bookstore in Chicago. Her father, too, is a book distributor, according to Lithub.  

The book club is not exclusively online. In fact, the first in-person event was held at a coffee shop in Los Angeles on August 31st. “Our first LA meet up was a success,” Noname tweeted along with a picture of the enthusiastic readers. 

Way to go, Noname! Keep on ironically making a name for yourself. Stay up to date with Noname’s Book Club and future events by visiting her website and Twitter.

Noname and book club attendees in Los Angeles, via @nonamebooks

Ayanna Winters

Hi! I’m Ayanna Winters, a 26-year-old writer and artist. Although I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with two degrees in art and psychology, I’ve had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. By following my dreams and utilizing my creativity, I designed Jaro Magazine with the ultimate intention of bringing more positive stories in the black community to the forefront, while also highlighting our versatile and vibrant culture through Jaro’s four modes: film, books, art, and music. I’m into spirituality, nature walks, music festivals, poetry, traveling without a destination in mind, painting, and discussing everything out of the ordinary with other curious minds. Also, I'm an INFP!

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