Tattered Cover Continues Black History Month Celebration with a New Educational Series, Guest Authors and More
Tay Anderson and Albus Brooks kick off new ‘Leaders as Readers’ series as Feb. 2021 special guests
DENVER -- Following the debut of Hue-Man Experience at Tattered Cover, a partnership with African American literary expert Clara Villarosa, Tattered Cover Book Store continues its celebration of Black History Month with new educational events, initiatives to promote equity and inclusion in literature and the return of previously impactful programs.
Leaders as Readers. Tattered Cover’s new “Leaders as Readers” series brings in prominent voices in the community to discuss the power of education, literacy, books and stories that have influenced them. For Black History Month, Tattered Cover is kicking off the new speaker series with community leaders Albus Brooks (Feb. 17) and Tay Anderson (Feb. 23).
Return of the Used Books Program. As of Feb. 1, Tattered Cover relaunched its impactful Used Books Program, to make literature more accessible to all communities by encouraging customers to donate their used books in exchange for store credit. “As we continue to build a community institution, I want to be mindful that books - particularly new, hardback editions - are a luxury to so many,” said Kwame Spearman, CEO of Tattered Cover. “In many ways, reading should be a right not a privilege, and us using used books allow different socio-economic groups to feel a part of our stores.” More than 1,000 books have already been donated, which will be resold as a significant discount.
Black Author Events & Panels. Although not exclusive to Black History Month, Tattered Cover is featuring several Black author talks and discussions about race this month, including Shanthini Naidoo (“Women Surviving Apartheid's Prisons”) in conversation with Donna Bryson on Feb. 25 and a panel on The Color of Conversation (Inspiring a Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Through the Artistic Lens) in partnership with Denver Arts & Venues on Feb. 24. The first half of the month included author events with Sadeqa Johnson (“Yellow Wife”), S. Mayumi "Umi" Grigsby (“EmpowHERed Health”) and others.
WeCancerve Little Libraries. In another effort to help make books more accessible to readers in low-income neighborhoods, Tattered Cover is partnering with CNN Young Wonder Grace Callwood, on a community library project. Callwood’s nonprofit, WeCancerve Movement Inc., is building free little libraries, beginning with her community in Maryland, to which Tattered Cover will provide books through an online wishlist.
Hue-Man Experience at Tattered Cover. Earlier this month, NAACP Image Award nominee Clara Villarosa announced a partnership with Tattered Cover to relaunch her beloved African American bookstore as a service within Tattered Cover. Hue-Man Experience at Tattered Cover will serve as a curatorial expert for book selections that encourage diversity, equity and inclusion. Read the full press release here. In celebration of Black History Month, Villarosa recommends the following titles:
- “Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement” edited by Ejeris Dixon and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
- “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah
- “Deacon King Kong” by James McBride
- “Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo
- “The Echoing Ida Collection” edited by Cynthia R. Greenlee, Kemi Alabi and Janna A. Zinzi
- “Yellow Wife” by Sadeqa Johnson
- "Before The Ever After" by Jacqueline Woodson
- "Black Futures" by Kimberly Drew, Jenna Wortham