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It is particularly important for settlers of colour, especially black settlers, to continue to reflect on our role in the continued oppression of Indigenous people, and acknowledge our privilege as settlers. When we come together to discuss stories, please remember the rich 50,000+ history of storytelling that continues on these stolen lands.
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Negro Speaks of Books is happy to be continuing our Noble Savage Bookclub – a monthly bookclub for People of Colour, with a focus on Black literature.
May will see the second bookclub in the “Aunty Taught Me” series,.
“If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression.”
– Combahee River Collective Statement
Black women live in highly politicised bodies, exisiting at the intersections of woman and black, as well as any other experiences including Indigenous/Queer/Trans/Disabled/etc. Consequently, black women are those who are constantly silenced, gaslighted, and erased from every conversation. In Aunty Taught Me, we hope to pay homage to, honour, and learn from some incredible black women in literature. The Aunty Taught Me reading list is not expansive – the list of amazing black women in lit is infinite – but I hope the books chosen will provoke interesting conversation.
In May we will be reading Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde.
“Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. This commemorative edition includes a new foreword by Lorde-scholar and poet Cheryl Clarke, who celebrates the ways in which Lorde’s philosophies resonate more than twenty years after they were first published. These landmark writings are, in Lorde’s own words, a call to “never close our eyes to the terror, to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy which is…” “[Lorde’s] works will be important to those truly interested in growing up sensitive, intelligent, and aware.” – New York Times”
Check if the book is available at your local Melbourne City Library by searching in the online catalogue here http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/libraries/using-the-library/Pages/library-catalogue-system-upgrade.aspx
Want to buy the book but don’t know where to purchase? Readings and Dymocks can order it in for you – $30.
If you are happy to buy online and wait, then Book Depository is a good option – it always has sales and free shipping that is usually pretty quick.
Negro Speaks of Books has an affiliation with Book Depository. With every purchase made through the affiliate link, NSOB receives a 5% profit, at no extra charge to you. The money from the affiliation will go into continuing the bookclub.
It would be greatly appreciated if you make your purchase through this link $20: https://www.bookdepository.com/Sister-Outsider-Professor-Audre-Lorde/9781580911863?ref=grid-view&qid=1522020692619&sr=negrospeaksofbooks (*I repeat free shipping)
Or find a general link to the Book Depository website here: http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=negrospeaksofbooks
Come through to Afrohub on the 27th of May from 1:00pm – 4:00pm to hang out and talk about this amazing book!
Wondering about the next book? It’s the short story collection Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat!
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Or check if it’s available at your local library using the online catalogue here http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/libraries/using-the-library/Pages/library-catalogue-system-upgrade.aspx
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