Black Girl Book Club – A Celebration

Grown: The Black Girls' Guide to Glowing Up is out now and it’s time to celebrate with a book club like no other Running from
Next event: Sunday 7 November at 2.30pm
  • £16.20
    Non-members: £18 / Under 26s: £15 (each ticket is subject to a £1.50 booking fee)

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  • Garret Bar, Garret Theatre

Part of: Chester Literature Festival

It’s a mood. It’s a mindset. It’s a mantra. It’s a lifestyle. Your big sis in book form, Grown: The Black Girls’ Guide to Glowing Up is the ultimate fully illustrated guide to navigating life as a Black teenage girl.

Join Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A. Carter (Founders of Black Girls Book Club) in a Q&A that explores their writing process and all the events leading up this monumental moment. They’ve been the hostesses with the mostest for a good while and now it’s time for them to sit down and share. There will be a special drink available at the Garett Bar and good vibes in the Garret. There will be a book signing after the Q&A.
Hosted by Gift Ajimokun.

Best friends Melissa and Natalie met at secondary school in north-east London when they were exactly eleven-and-a-half years old (although Melissa is certain it wasn’t until they were twelve). They bonded over their shared love of books, swapping favourites such as Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. Years later, Melissa, now a business development manager, and Natalie, a real estate lawyer, decided to channel that passion for reading into setting up the Black Girls’ Book Club, a literary and social events platform that celebrates the work of Black women. Among the authors they’ve hosted are Candice Carty-Williams, Angie Thomas, Tayari Jones, Diana Evans and Malorie Blackman OBE.

With everything they do intended to ensure Black women have a seat at the table, Melissa and Natalie began to reflect on their own experiences growing up. One thing that became clear was the lack of media created specifically for Black girls. Like the women who attended their events, young Black girls needed something that centred them, something that showed them they were seen. And so, Grown: The Black Girls’ Guide to Glowing Up was born. Being a teenager and trying to understand who you are and what you stand for is hard. Period. But if you’re a Black girl and don’t always see yourself represented in the books you read, the films you watch, the adverts you see or the history you’re taught, it can be even tougher. Grown: The Black Girls’ Guide to Glowing Up was written with one thing in mind sis. You.

From understanding identity to the politics of hair, maintaining squad goals to dealing with microaggressions, consent to figuring out what career you might want, Grown has got your back. Join Melissa and Natalie as they share stories – the wins and the Ls – and offer honest, practical advice that will show you how to own your choices, to live your truth without fear and to be grown on your own terms without limits or apologies.





Approx 90 mins

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