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  • Los Angeles, please join us on Sunday, August 25th from 3-5 PM as we discuss My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. In this short novel, we'll follow sisters Korede and Ayoola, who have their routine down. Big sister constantly comes to the rescue of little sister and cleans up her messes, literally. Pick up a copy from your local library, your favorite neighborhood bookstore, or online and we hope to see you there! Happy reading!
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  • For the past week I'm sure a lot of us have been processing what a world without Toni Morrison looks and feels like, and I'm sure a lot of us are still trying to figure that out. But that process is so much easier when you can do it with a community of people who love her as much as you do. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us this past Sunday to reflect on what Toni Morrison means to us all. Thank you to @thefreeblackwomenslibrary_la for leading the charge and inviting #MyLitBox to join in the celebration of her life. Thank you to the @reparations.club for opening their doors and creating a space where we were allowed to feel. Thank you to @shondabuchanan and @bridgettebianca for sharing photos. And most of all, thank you to everyone who filled that room. I hope the memories and experiences shared in that room comfort you. ❤
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  • As excited as we are to hold space tomorrow evening for Toni Morrison here in Los Angeles,  we wanted to do the same here online. Use the comments below to share your favorite books, passages, quotes, and memories of Ms. Morrison. The celebration of her life and legacy continues!
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  • Los Angeles, please join @thefreeblackwomenslibrary_la & My Lit Box as we come together to celebrate the incomparable Toni Morrison, this Sunday, August 11th from 5-7 PM at @reparations.club. A screening of the BBC documentary "Toni Morrison Remembers" will begin at 5 PM and will be followed by a community-driven discussion of Morrison's life and legacy. We'd love to see you there! RSVP using the link in our bio ❤
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  • What can we say about Toni Morrison that hasn't already been said? She was a gifted writer who centered the experiences of Black women and men and she did so unapologetically and she passed that unapologetic spirit on to all of us. Whether we write or not she gave us permission to be seen, be heard, to tell our own stories in our own voices and for that reason alone we should all be grateful. Rest well, Ms. Morrison. ❤
  • ⬅️SWIPE➡️ And just like that it's August and we have three new books for you to choose from!
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*Original My Lit Box*
By now I’m sure a lot of us have realized that sometimes it’s better to stand out than to fit in, but what happens when that desire to fit in or belong is too strong to ignore? In next month’s adult fiction selection, we’ll see how someone grapples with this from their childhood into adulthood.
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*Black Women are Lit*
In this collection of short stories, the author allows us to witness the relationships between estranged lovers, fathers and daughters, heroes and those in need of saving and these stories will take us from the States to the Caribbean and back again.
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*YA is Lit*
In our YA selection, we meet a cast of characters with pasts they’d rather put behind them, but they all find that you can' always outrun your past, entirely.

If you’re curious about any if these titles,be the first to find out by subscribing today!
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  • Happy pub day, @kalishaonline! If the cover art doesn't stop you dead in your treks, the synopsis will. "On a cold December evening, Autumn Spencer’s twin sister, Summer, walks to the roof of their shared Harlem brownstone and is never seen again. The door to the roof is locked, and the snow holds only one set of footprints. Faced with authorities indifferent to another missing Black woman, Autumn must pursue the search for her sister all on her own." Is Speaking of Summer on your TBR list?
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  • #LiteraryLA join us Sunday, Juy 28th from 3-5 PM at @findyourhilltop for an afternoon of community and conversation as we discuss Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala. "Speak No Evil explores what it means to be different in a fundamentally conformist society and how that difference plays out in our inner and outer struggles. It is a novel about the power of words and self-identification, about who gets to speak and who has the power to speak for other people." If you have a book loving friend in the Los Angeles area, tag them below so they don't miss out. RSVP using the link in our bio and we'll see you there!
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  • Where is the time going? Here were are, six months down in the year, and we've had the pleasure of sharing these six books with you so far! Which have been your faves?
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  • ***GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** Happy Sunday!!! Let's host a giveaway, shall we? We have 5 copies of Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena (@bhathenatanaz) and one of them could be yours! To enter all you have to do is (1) Follow @mylitbox (2) like this post and (3) tag a book loving friend below. That's it! Winners must reside in the US and entries will be accepted through Wednesday (7/3) and the winners will be announced Thursday (7/4). Good luck!
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  • Our final June #MyLitBox is our Black Women are Lit! Box featuring Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Denn (@ndennisbenn). In this novel, we witness a mother grapple with tough decisions as she makes a choice between her first love and her daughter, leaving her daughter to grapple with some tough decisions of her own. We wanted the items in this month's box to serve as validation that everyone deserves the right to exist as their full selves and all that entails. .
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How Books Were My First Passport

January 17, 2018

Through books, I’d traveled the world a hundreds time over before I reached adulthood, navigating France (Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin) like I navigated my middle school hallways, falling in love in Ethiopia (An Ethiopian Romance by Heliodorus of Emesa) like I fell in love with Miranda in my boyhood, and running through bushes in Vietnam (If I Die in an Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home by Tim O’Brien) like I ran across train tracks near my grandmother’s house in summers. Truly, these books were passports and passport stamps, and they opened doors to the world, allowing me to fall into every corner my body could find and fill.

Sitting on the beach in Daytona at 18, smoking grape-flavored tobacco rolled tightly in cloves, my friend, and college classmate, Deshaun Snead, handed me a copy of Cecil Brown’s The Life and Loves of Mr. Jiveass Nigger, introducing me to George Washington, aka Anthony Miller, aka Paul Winthrop, aka Mr. Jiveass Nigger.

This book was a visa to Copenhagen that I wouldn’t use for 17 years, but would fantasize about every time I was asked to recommend a book, every time I booked a flight to Amsterdam, London, Paris, Oslo, or someplace within a stone throw.

I suppose I could have gone anytime, but all the times I was within reach didn’t feel like the right time, and I was fine with that. Risha, my reckless and foolish friend, went, knowing how badly I’ve wanted to see it, and refrained from sharing any information until I decided to make the leap. I appreciated her for that. Finally, though, something clicked, I purchased the ticket, fell asleep in Amsterdam, woke up in Hamburg, passed out and woke up again at Copenhagen’s Central Station, knowing this time was the right time.

I traced the footsteps of the character that helped shape my life. I found myself in coffee shops pretending to smoke cigarettes while I made friends with other expats and locals. Benny, I called myself, and they followed along and laughed at the life I created. It was love. It was a trip. It was all because of that book.

Darnell Lamont Walker, the man in the ugly suit with the sunny disposition, resides mostly in Johannesburg, South Africa after successfully escaping American tyranny. After a few degrees, years of Hollywood, a few awards, and too many cups of tequila, he’s focused on collecting and telling those stories around the world that would otherwise be carried into graves and urns. His in-laws never had children and his son is also a genius. Follow Darnell’s journey on Instagram.

  • Reply
    Sanura
    January 20, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Books are amazing in this way. Not only can they make you experience a place you’ve never been, but they also have the ability to make you long for a place you’ve never been.

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