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FEATURED BOOK: Rest Is Resistance

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I created this space in order to celebrate the work of Black female authors, a group that has historically been under-supported and under-promoted in the publishing industry (and the world beyond). My mission is to share with my dear readers — and your book clubs — some of my favorite important voices, both established and emerging, and the vital stories they tell in various genres about where we come from, who we are, and where we are heading.

Here’s how it works: I announce our bimonthly selection on my Instagram page, and we meet there a few weeks later for a live discussion with the author. You can find past videos on Instagram and on this website. These conversations have been at turns inspiring, thought-provoking, surprising, weighty, and hilariously funny.  How do you become a member of the Onward Book Club? Just read along with us! Done. As you read, you may find that you have a comment or question for the author: you can post those under the announcement of the book club selection as we await the live interview.

I hope that you will share our selections with your own book clubs, and use the resources posted on this website, as well as questions brought up in the posted conversations, as a toolkit for your own study of the works of the brilliant women featured here.

It has been a joy and an honor to be in conversation with such extraordinary, talented writers and thinkers. I’m so pleased you are here to join us. Onward!

Elizabeth Gilbert

As always, I encourage you to buy your books from Black-owned businesses. The official bookstore of the Onward Book Club is Elizabeth’s Bookshop and Writing Centre, owned by the writer, speaker, educator, and activist Rachel Cargle. Below each selection on the following pages, you will find a link to purchase the selected book directly from Elizabeth’s. Thank you.

FEATURED BOOK: Rest Is Resistance

Rest Is Resistance, Tricia Hersey

Rest Is Resistance

Tricia Hersey

Sarah Jones, Sell/Buy/Date

Sell/Buy/Date

Sarah Jones

Kemi Nekvapil, Power

POWER

Kemi Nekvapil

Abi Daré, The Girl with the Louding Voice

The Girl with the Louding Voice

Abi Daré

Samantha Irby, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

Samantha Irby

Danielle Henderson, The Ugly Cry

THE UGLY CRY

Danielle Henderson

Iyanla Vanzant, Peace From Broken Pieces

PEACE FROM BROKEN PIECES

Iyanla Vanzant

Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Professional Troublemaker

PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER

Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Tayari Jones, An American Marriage

AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE

Tayari Jones

Lauren Wilkinson, American Spy

AMERICAN SPY

Lauren Wilkinson

Sarah M. Broom, The Yellow House

The Yellow House

Sarah M. Broom

Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing

SING, UNBURIED, SING

Jesmyn Ward

Natasha Trethewey, Memorial Drive

MEMORIAL DRIVE

Natasha Trethewey

Dr. Tererai Trent, The Awakened Woman

THE AWAKENED WOMAN

Dr. Tererai Trent

Emily Bernard, Black Is The Body

BLACK IS THE BODY

Emily Bernard

Dr. Michele Harper, The Beauty in Breaking

THE BEAUTY IN BREAKING

Dr. Michele Harper

Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism

HOOD FEMINISM

Mikki Kendall

Dr. Brittney Cooper, Eloquent Rage

ELOQUENT RAGE

Dr. Brittney Cooper