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African Voices Book Circle led by Debbie Officer


Join Us Tuesday, May 18, 2021 • 7 pm-8:30 pm EST/4 pm-5:30 pm PT

HOST: Debbie Officer, AV Book Review Editor

DATES: 5/18/2021, 5/25/2021, 6/1/2021, 6/8/2021, 6/15/2021, 6/22/2021

TIME: 7 pm-8:30 p.m. ET/4 PM-5:30 PM PT

Fee: $120 (AV MEMBERS: $100), plus Eventbrite fees.

For the last 29 years, African Voices magazine has been a home and safe space for emerging and well-known writers and artists from every genre. Decades later, we continue to provide support and community for artists in the Diaspora. As we forge ahead with a new year of programs, online features and magazine issues, we have now added a brand-new initiative to our offerings. 

We welcome you to the launch of the African Voices Book Circle where we will explore the rich and important works by writers from around the world. We have always sought ways in our changing, and sometimes challenging world, to make sure we serve and reach the people who support us. 

Our members and supporters are readers and love books, so we truly hope that you will join us, invite friends, or family members to our book circle discussions. In this 6-week book club we will be meeting once a week to discuss the book selection, keep a reader’s log, create art related to the selection, and enjoy an absolutely fun and intellectual time together. The first book to open our palette of classic and contemporary discussions is Tar Baby by Toni Morrison.


Tar Baby by Toni Morrison

In a celebration of the Diaspora, we are proud to begin this journey with Toni Morrison’s award-winning novel, Tar Baby. Set between the lush rhythms of the Caribbean, the urban beats of Manhattan, and the complex landscape of the deep South, this story delves into the narrative of cultural duality and the complex relations this creates for a people struggling to find their voices and identity in post slavery and postcolonial lands.

The African Voices Book Circle is the brainchild of AV book review editor, Ms. Debbie A. Officer who will host the circle events.

Debbie A. Officer is a Brooklyn-based writer and educator who taught in the English department at Brooklyn College for several years. She now teaches young students, mostly in south Brooklyn, the art of writing and a love for literature. For more than 20 years, she worked as a freelance journalist for publications like The New York Amsterdam News, The New York Village Voice, Sage Woman Magazine, and Black Issues Book Review. Ms. Officer has been the recipient of several arts grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, serving as an arts in education instructor throughout the borough.


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