The Bookclub Seattle Group Reading
Back in 1991, a group of Seattle women decided that their social gatherings would have even more fun and purpose if it was centered around talking about books they read in common. Thus, The Bookclub Seattle, then and ever since. Starting with reading books by black women authors - though branching out soon to include black men - to scroll through the list of books they’ve read and discussed (www.thebookclubseattle.com) is to re-visit some of the best writing of the past 25 years - and to marvel at some voices, so vital, that have endured, as well as some that to have vanished.
Their group has certainly been a great presence at readings we have hosted over these same 25-26 years - from the early days of Terry McMillan and J. California Cooper reading in the old Elliott Bay basement in Pioneer Square, to being on hand here on Capitol Hill in 2016 for Yaa Gyasi and her debut novel, Homegoing. Occasioning today is publication of an anthology of stories by members of The Bookclub Seattle themselves, Life Matters (iUniverse).
This launch of this book, many years in the writing, should be great fun, with a reception beforehand, reading and discussion, and then a signing after. We believe all the contributors to this lively, lovely book that can be on hand will be - Helen Harris, Vanetta Arnold, Sylvia Bushnell, Elizabeth Causby-Miles, Patricia Coleman, Valerie Dominique, Carol Flanagan-Frank, Doris Hill, Elaine Pearsall, Jackie Roberts, Claudia Scipio, Harriet Slye, and Patricia Tanner. The contribution of the late, much-missed Edna Nunn will also be acknowledged.