BookTalk Sisters

Gathering together around books

Welcome to BookTalk Sisters

BookTalk Sisters is a forum for discussing and exchanging ideas on books and book culture. We believe in the power of words to change our lives. 

That is why we began BookTalk twenty-five years ago in Baltimore, Maryland. We met in small groups first in our homes and then at the Central Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Believing now more than ever in the value of public discussion, we have launched BookTalk Sisters in New Haven to continue the ongoing conversations about issues that matter to us and our community. 


Social Justice CALL 

An Intergenerational Reading 

& Study Group

We engage in Collective Study for Self-empowerment and Self-determination 

Join Social Justice CALL, an Intergenerational Study Group invested in Citizenship, Activism, Law and Literacy, for a three-session series discussing some of the books and other resources that reflect our history and that matter today. In the July w018 series, we will read The U.S. Constitution, the Movement for Black Lives Platform, excerpts from Ida B. Wells-Barnett's Crusade for JusticeCharleston Syllabus, The New Jim Crow and view Ava DuVernay's "13th."
In an age of alternative facts, we say, "Education is Activism."

July 2018 -- Mini-Summer Session
Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25  ||  5:30-7:30pm                                                           
Blackprint Bookstore, 162 Edgewood Avenue, New Haven, CT

Session I -- July 11          * NOTES * 
Discussions include:
Declaration of Independence
Preamble to the U.S. Constitution 
Black Panther Party 10-Point Program
Movement for Black Lives Matter Platform
On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder (Selected lessons)

Session II -- July 18
"What does it mean to be a citizen?":  Cultural Literacy
U.S. Constitution: Amendments 13, 15
On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder (Selected lessons)
Miseducation of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson (excerpts)
Session III -- July 25
U.S. Constitution: Amendments 13, 15
On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder (Selected lessons)

__________________________________________SUMMER 2017_______________________________________________

Four-part reading of Carter G. Woodson's The Mis-Education of the Negro
                                             July 22 (Chapters 1- 4,  18,  Appendix)                 
                                             July 29 (Chapters 5 - 10)
                                             August 5 (Chapters 11-13)
                                            August 12 (Chapters 14 - 17 & Appendix) 
                                            BlackPrint Bookstore
                                           162 Edgewood Ave., New Haven, 06511

Read discussion notes from each session
                                     *** Meet online for three Twitter chats at #socialjusticecall
                                           July 25, August 1, August 8 from 8 - 9pm


May - June Summer Series
Six-session group series begins May 6, 2017, 2-3:30pm
                                           BlackPrint Bookstore, 
                                          162 Edgewood Ave., New Haven, 06511

                                           Meet online for three Twitter chats at #socialjusticecall at 8pm.

Lisa Monroe and Susan Monroe
Coordinators of Social Justice Call and Founders, 

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Maya Angelou Reading Series

Where: Ives (Main) Library | 133 Elm St., New Haven, CT

When: Tuesday, June 30, 6pm-7:30pm

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