Walking Book Clubs on the South Coast

We’re bringing walking book clubs to the South Coast! We stole this idea from the Brits (see here) but are putting a decidedly South Coast spin on it by choosing books and/or authors with a connection to our region. Next up — On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madame C.J. Walker is available at Partners Village Store.

What’s a walking book club, anyway? It’s the opportunity to get outside with fellow book lovers and explore a new corner of the South Coast and wonderful books that either take place on the South Coast or are written by local authors.

When and Where? We’ve created a hybrid event with a virtual component and an in-person event. Join us here for a discussion with A’Lelia Bundles, the author of the book and Madam Walker’s great granddaughter. We will follow this up with an outdoor walk in downtown New Bedford on May 16 at 1:00. With the harbor on one side of us and a jazz mural on the other, we’ll listen to a trio of musicians from the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra who will launch our walk by performing a few songs for us inspired by Madam Walker as we enjoy some treats from The Baker!

Why this book for our book club? Because Madam Walker was a remarkable woman who rose from a washerwoman to the nation’s first self-made female millionaire! She celebrated Black entrepreneurship and so will we. Our walk in downtown New Bedford will take us by some local Black-owned shops and businesses and some other relevant spots.

The event is FREE thanks to our sponsors. But we’d love you to pre-register here. Participants need not have previously read the book to enjoy the conversation and tour.

Still can’t imagine a walking book club? Check out the Southcoast Today article on our first walking book club right here.

REGISTER here and we’ll keep you updated with meeting place and send you the Zoom link:

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