Noname's Book Club Selections Free at OPL

Release Date

Thu, 01/02/2020
Group of African American young adults sit in a semi-circle in a book store.

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Public Library is excited to partner with Noname’s Book Club to help you find the monthly selections for free.

Founded by Chicago rapper Noname in August 2019, the book club selects two titles a month to discuss among an online and in-person community of readers. Meetups are held in cities across the country from Los Angeles to New York City to Washington DC.

Described as “reading material for the homies”, Noname’s Book Club highlights books that speak on human conditions in critical and original ways while encouraging members to support the works of authors of color. The selections for January are:

Monthly selections will be shared via OPL's twitter account, @oaklibrary, when they are announced by Noname's Book Club. All selections can be found by searching the online catalog with the keywords "Noname books".

List of Past Selections

December
The Wretched of the Earth 
Frantz Fanon

Persepolis (The story of a childhood)
Marjane Strapi 

November
Parable of the Sower
Octavia E. Butler

How to Cure a Ghost
Fariha Róisín

October
Faces & Masks (Memory of Fire, Vol. 2) 
Eduardo Galeano

Faces in the Crowd
Valeria Luiselli

September
Don’t Call Us Dead
Danez Smith

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South
Michael W. Twitty

August
Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Paulo Freire

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life
Samantha Irby