Negro Speaks of Books acknowledges that this event will take place on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations. Sovereignty has never been ceded, nor has a treaty ever been signed. We acknowledge all First Nations people who continue to practice language and culture in the face of ongoing colonialism and cultural genocide. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging.
It is particularly important for settlers of colour, especially black settlers, to continue to reflect on our role in the continued oppression of Indigenous people, and acknowledge our privilege as settlers. When we come together to discuss stories, please remember the rich 50,000+ history of storytelling that continues on these stolen lands.
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Negro Speaks of Books is happy to be continuing our Noble Savage Bookclub - a monthly bookclub for People of Colour, with a focus on Black literature.
April will see the first event of our new series - Aunty Taught Me -a celebration of black women authors.
“If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression.”
- Combahee River Collective Statement
In Aunty Taught Me, we hope to pay homage to, honour, and learn from some incredible black women in literature. The Aunty Taught Me reading list is not expansive - the list of amazing black women in lit is infinite!! - but I hope the books chosen will provoke interesting conversation.
In April we will be reading The Swan Book by Alexis Wright.
TW/ r*pe, sexual assault
“The Swan Book is set in the future, with Aboriginals still living under the Intervention in the north, in an environment fundamentally altered by climate change. It follows the life of a mute teenager called Oblivia, the victim of gang-rape by petrol-sniffing youths, from the displaced community where she lives in a hulk, in a swamp filled with rusting boats, and thousands of black swans driven from other parts of the country, to her marriage to Warren Finch, the first Aboriginal president of Australia, and her elevation to the position of First Lady, confined to a tower in a flooded and lawless southern city.The Swan Book has all the qualities which made Wright's previous novel, Carpentaria, a prize-winning bestseller. It offers an intimate awareness of the realities facing Aboriginal people; the wild energy and humour in her writing finds hope in the bleakest situations; and the remarkable combination of storytelling elements, drawn from myth and legend and fairy tale, has Oblivia Ethylene in the company of amazing characters like Aunty Bella Donna of the Champions, the Harbour Master, Big Red and the Mechanic, a talking monkey called Rigoletto, three genies with doctorates, and throughout, the guiding presence of swans.”
Check if the book is available at your local Melbourne City Library branch by searching in the online catalogue here http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/libraries/using-the-library/Pages/library-catalogue-system-upgrade.aspx
Want to buy the book but don’t know where to purchase? Readings and Dymocks both stock it for $25.
If you are happy to buy online and wait, then Book Depository is a good option - it always has sales and free shipping that is usually pretty quick.
Negro Speaks of Books has an affiliation with Book Depository. With every purchase made through the affiliate link, NSOB receives a 5% profit, at no extra charge to you. The money from the affiliation will go into continuing the bookclub.
It would be greatly appreciated if you make your purchase through this link: https://www.bookdepository.com/Swan-Book-Alexis-Wright/9781472120571?ref=grid-view&qid=1522019608817&sr=negrospeaksofbooks
Or find a general link to the Book Depository website here: http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=negrospeaksofbooks
Come through to Afrohub on the 29th of April from 1:00pm - 4:00pm to hang out and talk about this amazing book!
Wondering about the next book? It’s the collection of essays by our fave Audre Lorde.
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Location will be wheelchair accessible and have accessible bathrooms.
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