Lydia on My Experience with a Black Book Club for Women

The following is a guest post by Lydia Lewis, Production Manager, about The Go On Girl! Book Club.

I became a member of the Go On Girl! Book Club in 1995, because I love reading and wanted to have a way to discuss what I was reading with like minded individuals. Not only does the book club allow me this benefit, I have also gained a supportive extended family. Our yearly award weekends are like family reunions. The book club, the largest national reading organization in the U.S. for black women, also gave me the opportunity to meet some of my favorite authors such as Walter Mosely, Sam Greenlee, Terry McMillian, Sonia Sanchez, J. California Cooper, and Pearl Cleage.

The Go On Girl! Book Club is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit organization that supports authors of the Black African Diaspora by choosing one book per month for their club members to read. The reading list is complied twice a year by The Book Review Committee which chooses books within a broad range of literary styles. Members read a book each month, meet to discuss it, and then share their opinions with the author and publisher.

The GOG Book Club recognizes the artistic achievements of these authors at an annual award ceremony. Originally a single night event, the award ceremony is now a three-day weekend taking place in various cities around the country and Canada.  Past Go On Girl! Book Club award winners have included Octavia Butler, Gloria Naylor, Valerie Wilson Wesley and Connie Briscoe. This year The Go On Girl! Book Club Annual Author Awards Weekend is June 1st– 3rd in Philadelphia. You know I’ve already booked my reservation!

Since our founding in 1991, more than 30 chapters have been organized across the country. Each chapter is limited to 12 members to keep the regular, monthly meetings intimate and manageable. Our members range in age from twenty-something to sixty-plus and have varied professional backgrounds and personal interests.

Lydia Lewis is the Production Manager for AMACOM Books.  She has been with AMA for more than 35 years.  Prior to joining AMA, Lydia worked as a CSR at Con Edison and as a tax accountant with a CPA firm.


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