Saturday, November 20, 2010

Quirky Brown Reading Challenge 2011

January 1 - December 31, 2011

Brown Girl Book Speak is hosting the Quirky Brown Reading Challenge in 2011. She writes:

This challenge was inspired by a blog post on New Model Minority. The post talked about the hyper-marginalization of Black fiction and included a short but intriguing list of books. That list, or at least the authors on it, were begging to be part of a reading challenge. So, I bring you the Quirky Brown Reading Challenge. This challenge is more than about finishing a certain number of books, but about challenging the overly subscribed to depictions of the so-called “Black experience”. I hope participants also discover some of our lesser known contributions to American literature.
There will be a book selected to be read by challenge participants for a discussion around the halfway point (i.e. summer). Those who join the challenge before January 1, 2011 will be able to vote. The poll is in the sidebar on the Brown Girl Book Speak blog. There is a list of authors and titles here but, these are merely suggestions. The only requirement is that readers choose books by Black authors depicting an offbeat Black experience.

Levels of Participation:

I: 2 books
II: 3 books
III: 4 books
IV: 5+ books

Learn more and sign up by visiting the post about the challenge.