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  • IRL Author Talk: An Autobiography of Skin with LaKiesha Carr - March 1 at 6:30 PM CST
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    Join us as we celebrate The Autobiography of Skin with debut author, LaKiesha Carr!

    EVENT DEETS

    When: Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 PM CST

    Where: Kindred Stories Reading Garden (2304 Stuart Street, HTX, 77004)

    How: RSVP to secure your seat or RSVP with book to support the author and Kindred Stories. Only books purchased from Kindred Stories will be eligible for the signing line.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    Heat. Fire. Rain so blue. The blackness. The color of our hue.

    A magisterial, intimate look at Black womanhood: the grief that is carried within the body and the bonds of love that grant strength


    A middle-aged woman feed slots at a secret, back-room parlor. A new mother descends into a devastating postpartum depression, wracked with the fear that she is unable to protect her children. A daughter returns home to join the other women in her family waging spiritual combat with the ghosts of their past.

    An Autobiography of Skin is a dazzling and masterful portrait of interconnected generations in the South from a singular new voice, offering a raw and tender view into the interior lives of Black women. It is at once a powerful look at how experiences are carried inside the body, inside the flesh and skin, and a joyous testament to how healing can be found within—in love, mercy, gratitude, and freedom.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

    LAKIESHA CARR graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and received her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded a Maytag Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction and a Jeff and Vicki Edwards Post-graduate Fellowship in Fiction. A journalist and writer from East Texas, she has held various editorial and production positions with CNN, The New York Times, and other media.

    ABOUT THE CONVERSATION PARTNER

    Kendra Allen was born and raised in Dallas, Tx. She loves laughing, leaving, and writing. Some of her other work can be found in, or on, The Paris Review, High Times, The Rumpus, and more. She's the author of poetry collection The Collection Plate and essay collection When You Learn the Alphabet, which won the 2018 Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction. Fruit Punch, her memoir, is out now. 

  • IRL AUTHOR TALK: The Education of Kendrick Perkins with Kendrick Perkins & Kiese Laymon- February 27 at 7 PM CST (BUY VIA EVENTBRITE)
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    BUY TICKETS HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-education-of-kendrick-perkins-with-kendrick-perkins-kiese-laymon-tickets-529431563057

    We are extremely excited to be in community with Kendrick Perkins. Come out and celebrate the release of The Education of Kendrick Perkins. "Big Perk" will be in conversation with MacAruthur "Genius Grant" Fellow, Kiese Laymon on February 27 at 7PM CST. 

    EVENT DEETS

    When: Monday, February 27 at 7 PM CST

    Where: Kindred Stories (2304 Stuart Street, Houston, TX 77004)

    How: Purchase tickets on Eventbrite. Generally admission tickets are $35 (which includes a copy of the book). VIP Tickets include generally admission along with the book as well as an intimate Meet & Greet with the author. 

  • Tres Golpes Texas Tour Reading and Book Signing with Jasminne Mendez, Yesenia Montilla, Raina J. Leon- February 26 at 6:00 PM
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    Please join award winning poets and authors Raina J. León, Jasminne Mendez and Yesenia Montilla for an evening of poetry and discussion lead by Tintero Projects founder and Texas Poet Laureate Lupe Mendez.

    EVENT DEETS

    When: February 26 at 6:00 PM CST

    Where: Kindred Stories (2304 Stuart Street, HTX 77004)

    How: RSVP to save your spot. Books will be on sale at the event!

    ABOUT THE EVENT

    Each poet will read from her most recent collection of poetry which center around themes of motherhood, love, identity, Afro-Latinidad, generational trauma and Black Joy. There will be a short Q&A  and a book signing to follow. 

    ABOUT POETS

    Jasminne Mendez is a Dominican-American poet, playwright, educator and award-winning author. Mendez has had poetry and essays published by The Acentos Review, The New England Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and others. She is an alumni of the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University and the author of several books for children and adults including Island of Dreams which won an International Latino Book Award in 2015. She is a faculty member with the Goddard College MFA Creative Writing Program and she lives in Houston, TX. 

    Yesenia Montilla is an Afro-Latina poet & a daughter of immigrants. She received her MFA from Drew University in Poetry & Poetry in translation. She is CantoMundo graduate fellow and a 2020 NYFA fellow. Her work has been published in Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast and in Best of American Poetry 2021 and forthcoming in Best of American Poetry 2022. Her first collection The Pink Box is published by Willow Books & was longlisted for a PEN award. Her second collection Muse Found in a Colonized Body is forthcoming from Four Way Books, 2022. She lives in Harlem, NY.

    Raina J. León, PhD is Black, Afro-Boricua from Philadelphia (Lenni Lenape ancestral lands). She is a mother, daughter, sister, madrina, comadre, partner, poet, writer, and teacher educator. She believes in collective action and community work, the profound power of holding space for the telling of our stories, and the liberatory practice of humanizing education. She seeks out communities of care and craft and is a member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective, Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Macondo. She is the author of Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawnsombra : (dis)locate, and the chapbooks, , profeta without refuge and Areyto to Atabey: Essays on the Mother(ing) Self. She publishes across forms in visual art, poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and scholarly work.  She has received fellowships and residencies with the Obsidian Foundation, Community of Writers, Montana Artists Refuge, Macdowell, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Annamaghkerrig, Ireland and Ragdale, among others. She is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latinx arts. She educates our present and future agitators/educators as a full professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California, only the third Black person (all Black women) and the first Afro-Latina to achieve that rank there.  She is additionally a digital archivist, emerging visual artist, writing coach, and curriculum developer.  

  • Story Book Opera with Houston Opera - Februrary 18 at 1 PM CST
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    In Partnership with the Houston Opera

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    When: Saturday, February 18 at 1 PM CST

    Where: Kindred Stories Reading Garden

    How: RSVP to reserve you little's spot. Limited capacity

    ABOUT EVENT

    We are teaming up with the Houston Opera to bring you a special story time. This event is gear towards Pre-K through 2nd grade. 

     

  • IN PERSON AUTHOR TALK: All Boys Aren't Blue & We Are Not Broken with George M. Johnson & Conscious Lee-February 6 @ 7PM CST
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    Join us as we welcome George M. Johnson, author of All Boys Aren't Blue and We Are Not Broken and motivational speaker and consultant George "Conscious" Lee

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    When: February 6, 2023 at 7PM CST

    Where: Kindred Stories Reading Garden - 2304 Stuart St.

    How: Purchase ticket or RSVP with copy of All Boys Aren't Blue or We Are Not Broken

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    George M Johnson is an Award-Winning Black Non-Binary Writer, Author, and Executive Producer located in the LA area. They are the author of the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Young Adult memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue discussing their adolescence growing up as a young Black Queer boy in New Jersey through a series of powerful essays. The book was optioned for Television by Gabrielle Union.

    As a former journalist, George has written for major outlets including Teen Vogue, Entertainment Tonight, NBC, and Buzzfeed. In 2019 was awarded the Salute to Excellence Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for their article “When Racism Anchors your Health” in Vice Magazine.

     George was listed on The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2020. The Out 100 Most Influential LGBTQ People in 2021. And in 2022 was honored as one of the TIME100 Next Most Influential People in the World.

     Their second memoir WE ARE NOT BROKEN was released in September of 2021. It received the Carter G. Woodson Award which recognizes books that “accurately and sensitively depict the experience of one or more historically marginalized racial/ethnic groups in the United States”. The book also received the Nonfiction Honor Book in the YA category from the International Literacy Association.

     In 2021 they wrote and Executive Produced the Dramatic Reading of All Boys Aren’t Blue starring Jenifer Lewis and Dyllon Burnside which received a 2022 Special Recognition Award from GLAAD.

     George is also a proud HBCU alum twice over, and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.

    ABOUT THE CONVERSATION PARTNER

    Social media sensation Conscious Lee isn’t your typical Professor, Education Consultant, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Professional and you don’t want him to be.

    The Bryan, Texas Native has over 2 million followers on social media, being named YouTube Content Creator Choice of The Year 2022. Mr. Lee has a virtual presence that impacts many as a current Young Turks Contributor and apart of YouTube
    Black Voice Creator Class of 2022. This intellectual debating, hip hop dancing, thought-provoking, and workshop facilitating keynote speaker proves that Black intellectuals don’t have to play respectability politics to deliver a message that resonates. Conscious has over 9 years of experience in education and over 6 years of experience in consulting.

     

  • February 2023 Adult Book Club: Salvation by bell hooks
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    Join us for our monthly book club meeting/discussion! 

    MEETING DEETS

    When: February 23, 2022 at 7:00 PM CST

    Where: Kindred Stories Reading Garden (2304 Stuart Street, HTX 77004)

    How: RSVP to reserve your spot if you already own the book or RSVP with book to support our store and programming.  


    ABOUT THE BOOK
    “A manual for fixing our culture…In writing that is elegant and penetratingly simple, [hooks] gives voice to some things we may know in our hearts but need an interpreter like her to process.”—Black Issues Book Review

    Written from both historical and cultural perspectives, Salvation takes an incisive look at the transformative power of love in the lives of African Americans. Whether talking about the legacy of slavery, relationships and marriage in Black life, the prose and poetry of Martin Luther King, Jr., James Baldwin, and Maya Angelou, the liberation movements of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, or hip hop and gangsta rap culture, hooks lets us know what love’s got to do with it.

    Combining the passionate politics of W.E.B. DuBois with fresh, contemporary insights, hooks brilliantly offers new visions that will heal our nation’s wounds from a culture of lovelessness. Her writings on love and its impact on race, class, family, history, and popular culture raise all the relevant issues. This is work that helps us heal. Salvation shows us how to create beloved American communities.


  • IRL Author Talk: How to Be a (Young) Antiracist with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone - Feb 2 @ 6:30 PM
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    We are extremely honored to present Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone for an in-person author talk moderated by Britt Hawthorne as they discuss their newest book, How to Be a (Young) Antiracist, on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at 6:30 PM in the Reading Room at the Julia Ideson Building at the Houston Public Library Downtown.  
     
    This program is being sponsored by the wonderful folks at the ACLU of Texas.
     
    Event Deets:
     
    What: How to Be a (Young) Antiracist with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone
    When:  Thursday, February 2 at 6:30 PM CST
    Where: The Reading Room at the Julia Ideson Building at the Houston Public Library Downtown (550 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77002)
    How:  Tickets are $26 via Eventbrite and include one copy of How to Be a (Young) Antiracist
     
    About the Event:
     
    Bestselling authors Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Nic Stone have crafted the perfect guide for teens seeking a way to help create a more just society in How to Be a (Young) Antiracist. Based on Dr. Kendi’s groundbreaking How to Be an Antiracist, this dynamic reframing puts young adulthood front and center, encouraging and inspiring readers to think critically about how they engage in the world around them. 
     
    Through the narration of acclaimed author Nic Stone, readers of How to Be a (Young) Antiracist follow a young Ibram as he learns (and unlearns) lessons that shape his understanding of racism. The result is an impactful non-fiction account that weaves history, science, law, and personal stories from Dr. Kendi and Nic to help teens understand complicated concepts about race and start them on their own antiracist journeys. How to Be a (Young) Antiracist offers an innovative framework specifically for teens that empowers them to reassess what it means to live and act in a manner that dismantles racism.
     
    Each ticket includes one copy of How to Be a (Young) Antiracist  and will be available for pick-up at the event. The accompanying workbook, The (Young) Antiracist’s Workbook, is available for purchase with your ticket (see add-on options) and will be on sale at the event.
  • Buzzed Spelling Bee: Black History Month Edition - February 4th at 6:30 PM
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    We invite you to join us for the 2nd Annual Buzzed Spelling Bee presented by Babe Events & Kindred Stories.

    EVENT DEETS:

    When: February 4, 2023, at 6:30 PM (Door Open at 6:00 PM)

    Where: Kindred Stories Reading Garden (2304 Stuart Street, HTX 77004)

    How: Purchase your ticket TODAY! Each ticket comes with entry as well as two cocktails. THIS EVENT IS FOR ADULTS (21+) ONLY!

    ABOUT THE SPELLING BEE:

    Contestants will be asked to spell words that speak to the theme of Black History Month over the course of four rounds. If you misspell the word, you are out!  As the words get harder, you might be able to Phone a Friend or Battle to earn your place back into the competition. The last three contestants standing will receive a prize!

    Fun and music-filled, this event is for folks looking for something BLACKITY BLACK to do on a Saturday night! 

    If you have any questions please reach out to laniseharris@gmail.com or chanecka@kindredstorieshtx.com.

  • January 2023 Adult Book Club: Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
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    Join us for our monthly book club meeting/discussion! 

    MEETING DEETS
    When: January 26, 2022 at 7:00 PM CST
    Where: Kindred Stories Reading Garden (2304 Stuart Street, HTX 77004)
    How: RSVP to reserve your spot if you already own the book or RSVP with book to support our store and programming.  
    ABOUT THE BOOK
    Jadine Childs is a Black fashion model with a white patron, a white boyfriend, and a coat made out of ninety perfect sealskins. Son is a Black fugitive who embodies everything she loathes and desires. As Morrison follows their affair, which plays out from the Caribbean to Manhattan and the deep South, she charts all the nuances of obligation and betrayal between Blacks and whites, masters and servants, and men and women.

     

  • Intentions Workshop: The Will To Be with Raveen Alexis-January 7 at 11:00 AM
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    All too often do we feel like we have to be a certain way or thing or place to receive the things we want. This workshop is about accepting, celebrating and appreciating where we are RIGHT NOW and then, from that present space, calling in what we truly want. 
    Workshop DEETS
    When: January 7, 2023 at 11 AM
    Where: Kindred Stories 
    How: Be sure to purchase your ticket to gunrantee your spot. Limited tickets available. 
    About the Workshop 
    With the help of guided journaling, meditation, a light sound bath and open-forum conversations, we will tune into our inner knowing and get back to the core of what we truly desire for our lives. It will be a light-filled, loving gathering, and all you need to bring is yourself, a yoga mat and a journal.
    Be sure to tell a friend as this type of work, to us, is always best when done in community.
    Light refreshments will be provided.
  • IN PERSON AUTHOR TALK: Decent People with De'Shawn Charles Winslow & Kiese Laymon-January 18 @ 7PM CST
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    Join us to celebrate the release of Decent People with Center for Fiction First Novel Prize winner, De'Shawn Charles WInslow & MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow, Kiese Laymon. 

    EVENT DEETS

    When: January 18 at 7PM CST

    Where: Kindred Stories Reading Garden, 2304 Stuart Street, Houston, TX 77004

    How: RSVP for a free ticket or RSVP with book to support the author and our programming. 

    ABOUT DECENT PEOPLE

    From prizewinning author De’Shawn Charles Winslow, a sweeping and unforgettable novel of a Black community reeling from a triple homicide, and the secrets the killings reveal.

    In the still-segregated town of West Mills, North Carolina, in 1976, Marian, Marva, and Lazarus Harmon—three enigmatic siblings—are found shot to death in their home. The people of West Mills— on both sides of the canal that serves as the town’s color line—are in a frenzy of finger-pointing, gossip, and wonder. The crime is the first reported murder in the area in decades, but the white authorities don’t seem to have any interest in solving the case.

    Fortunately, one person is determined to do more than talk. Miss Josephine Wright has just moved back to West Mills from New York City to retire and marry a childhood sweetheart, Olympus “Lymp” Seymore. When she discovers that the murder victims are Lymp’s half-siblings, and that Lymp is one of West Mills’s leading suspects, she sets out to prove his innocence. But as Jo investigates those who might know the most about the Harmons’ deaths, she starts to discover more secrets than she’d ever imagined, and a host of cover-ups—ranging from medical misuse to illicit affairs—that could upend the reputations of many.

    For readers of American Spy and Bluebird, Bluebird, Decent People is a powerful new novel about shame, race, money, and the reckoning required to heal a fractured community.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    De'Shawn Charles Winslow is the author of In West Mills, a Center for Fiction First Novel Prize winner, an American Book Award recipient, a Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction winner, and a Los Angeles Times Book Award, Lambda Literary Award, and Publishing Triangle Award finalist. He was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

    ABOUT CONVERSATION PARTNER

    Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon is the Libby Shearn Moody Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rice University. Laymon is the author of Long Division, which won the 2022 NAACP Image Award for fiction, and the essay collection, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, named a notable book of 2021 by the New York Times critics. Laymon’s bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir, won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, the Barnes and Noble Discovery Award, the Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, and was named one of the 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years by The New York Times. The audiobook, read by the author, was named the Audible 2018 Audiobook of the Year. Laymon is the recipient of 2020-2021 Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard. Laymon is at work on the books, Good God, and City Summer, Country Summer, and a number of other film and television projects. He is the founder of “The Catherine Coleman Literary Arts and Justice Initiative,” a program based out of the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University, aimed at aiding young people in Jackson get more comfortable reading, writing, revising and sharing on their on their own terms, in their own communities. Kiese Laymon was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2022.
  • IN PERSON EVENT: MEET & GREET with Glory Edim- December 5 at 6:30PM
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    Join us as we celebrate the paperback release of On Girlhood with Glory Edim, founder of the Well Read Black Girl.

    EVENT DEETS: 

    When: December 5 at 630 PM

    Where: Kindred Stories (2304 Stuart Street, HTX 77004)

    How: RSVP for your time with Glory. Please purchase On Girlhood if you have not to support our programming. 

    About The Book

    Proudly introducing the Well-Read Black Girl Library Series, On Girlhood is a lovingly curated anthology celebrating short fiction from such luminaries as Rita Dove, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, and more.

    Featuring stories by: Jamaica Kincaid, Toni Morrison, Dorothy West, Rita Dove, Camille Acker, Toni Cade Bambara, Amina Gautier, Alexia Arthurs, Dana Johnson, Alice Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, Edwidge Danticat, Shay Youngblood, Paule Marshall, and Zora Neale Hurston.

    “When you look over your own library, who do you see?” asks Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim in this lovingly curated anthology. Bringing together an array of “unforgettable, and resonant coming-of-age stories” (Nicole Dennis-Benn), Edim continues her life’s work to brighten and enrich American reading lives through the work of both canonical and contemporary Black authors—from Jamaica Kincaid and Toni Morrison to Dana Johnson and Alexia Arthurs. Divided into four themes—Innocence, Belonging, Love, and Self-Discovery—On Girlhood features fierce young protagonists who contend with trials that shape who they are and what they will become. At times heartbreaking and hilarious, the stories within push past flat stereotypes and powerfully convey the beauty of Black girlhood, resulting in an indispensable compendium for every home library.

    About The Author

    Glory Edim is the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a podcast and digital literacy platform that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. She edited the Well-Read Black Girl anthology, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award and named a best book of the year by Library Journal. Her latest book On Girlhood is a collection of groundbreaking short stories that explore the thin yet imperative line between Black girlhood and womanhood. The winner of the Innovator's Award from the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, Edim worked as a cultural practitioner for over ten years and serves on the board of Baldwin for the Arts. She resides in Washington D.C. with her son, Zikomo. 

  • Movie Night: If Beale Street Could Talk feat. Boo's Burgers & Clutch Distilling-November 20 at 7 PM CST
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    Join us for movie night as we (re)watch the adaption of If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin. 

    EVENT DEETS

    When: Sunday, November 20 at 7PM 

    Where: Kindred Stories Reading Garden 

    How: Be sure to RSVP. RSVP with book to support Kindred Stories programming and staff.  

    ABOUT

    It's that time of the year when we are craving to be surrounded by community. We've decided to pull out our projector and fire pit to (re)watch If Beale Street Could Talk (2018). We'll have free cocktails provided by Clutch Distilling and Boo's Burgers will be doing a pop up for your food/snack needs. Be sure to get there early for the best seats!

  • Virtual: Black & Cozy: a panel of Black Mystery authors-December 1 at 7PM CST
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    Many people have never heard the term "cozy" or "cozy mystery". So, we decided to amplify several Black authors who are writing in the genre. We hope you join us to learn more about cozies from some of the best! 

    EVENT DEETS

    When: December 1, 2022 at 7PM CST

    Where: ZOOM

    How: RSVP on our website or directly on Zoom  If you would like to support the authors and programming. Consider purchasing the author's work through us or the cozy mystery bundle! 

    ABOUT THE PANELIST

    Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abby Collette loves a good mystery. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and it's a mystery even to her why she hasn't yet moved to a warmer place. As Abby Collette, she is the author of the Ice Cream Parlor Mystery series, about a millennial MBA-holding granddaughter running a family-owned ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the Books & Biscuits Mystery series, starring a set of fraternal twins who reunite and open a bookstore and soul food café.

    OLIVIA MATTHEWS, pen name for romance author Patricia Sargeant, is a national bestselling and award-winning author. The Spice Isle Bakery mysteries are inspired by the author’s family history and the history of her birth place. As Olivia Matthews she is also the author of the Sister Lou mysteries and Peach Coast Library mysteries, and writes romance as Patricia Sargeant and Regina Hart. For more information about Patricia and her work, visit PatriciaSargeant.com.

     

    Valerie Wilson Wesley is the award-winning author of the Blackboard bestselling Tamara Hayle Mystery Series and the Odessa Jones Mysteries. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Excellence in Adult Fiction Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, the National Association of Black Journalists Griot Award, the Amigirls Book Club Author of the Year and the Literary Beacon Award from the national Go On Girls Book Club. A former executive editor of Essence® Magazine and Sisters in Crime board member, she is currently an artist-in-residence at the Cicely Tyson School of Performing Arts in East Orange, New Jersey. Wesley is a graduate of Howard University and holds master’s degrees from the Bank Street College of Education and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She can be found online at ValerieWilsonWesley.com

    Ever since Esme Addison discovered Nancy Drew, she's wanted to solve mysteries. As a mystery author, she's finally found a way to make that dream come true. A former military spouse, Esme lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband and three boys. When she's not writing, you can find her visiting B&Bs, breweries, wineries, and historical sites. 

    Valerie (V. M.) Burns is a mystery writer whose novels and short stories have been finalists for the Agatha, Anthony, Edgar, and Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She is the author of the Mystery Bookshop, Dog Club, RJ Franklin, and Baker Street Mystery series. Valerie is a member of Sisters in Crime, Crime Writers of Color, Mystery Writers of America, and the Crime Writers' Association. She is also an adjunct professor in the Writing Popular Fiction Program at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Born and raised in northwestern Indiana, Valerie now lives in the southeastern United States with her two poodles. Connect with Valerie at VMBurns.com.

     

  • November Adult Book Club: The Sun of Mr. Suleman by Eric Jerome Dickey
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    Join us for our monthly book club meeting!
    This month, we will be reading Erick Jerome Dickey's last novel, The Son of Mr. Suleman. 
    MEETING Deets
    When: November 30 at 7:00 PM
    Where: Kindred Stories Reading Garden 
    How: RSVP to reserve your spot or RSVP with book to reserve you spot and support our store. 
    About the Book
    It’s the summer of 2019, and Professor Pi Suleman is a Black man from Memphis with a lot to endure—not only as a Black man in Trump’s America but in his hard-earned career as an adjunct professor. Pi is constantly forced to bite his tongue in the face of one of his tenured colleague’s prejudices and microaggressions. At the same time, he’s being blackmailed by a powerful professor who threatens to claim he has assaulted her, when in fact the truth is just the opposite, trapping him in a he-said-she-said with a white woman that, in this society, Pi knows he will never win.
     
    When he meets Gemma Buckingham, a sophisticated entrepreneur who has just moved to Memphis from London to escape a deep heartbreak, things begin to look up. Though Gemma and Pi hail from separate cultures, their differences fuel a fiery and passionate connection that just may consume them both.
     
    But Pi’s whirlwind romance is interrupted when his absentee father, a celebrated writer, passes away and Pi is called to Los Angeles to both collect his inheritance and learn about the man who never acknowledged him. With the complicated legacy of his famous father to make sense of, Gemma’s visa expiration date looming, and the threats of his colleague becoming increasingly intense, Pi must figure out who he is and what kind of man he will become in his father’s shadow.
     
    In The Son of Mr. Suleman, Eric Jerome Dickey takes readers on a powerful journey exploring racism, colorism, life as a mixed-race person, sexual assault, microaggressions, truth and lies, cultural differences, politics, family legacies, perceptions, the impact of enslavement and Jim Crow, code-switching, the power of death, and the weight of love. It is an extraordinary story, page-turning and intense, and a book only Dickey could write
  • IN PERSON LAUNCH PARTY: The Many Dates of Indigo with Amber Samuel & Chencia Higgins - December 9 at 7 PM CST
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    Join us to celebrate the release of The Many Dates of Indigo with Amber Samuel & Chencia Higgins. 

    EVENT DEETS

    When: December 9 at 7PM CST

    Where: TBA

    How: Grab a free ticket or grab a ticket with book to support the author and our store programming. 

    About the Book 

    Hair done. Nails too. Make-up flawless. Indigo knows she looks good...now if she could only find someone who could see her as she saw herself: fearless, strong, sexy

    Indigo has most of her life figured out. She’s a successful business owner. She’s got a lovely family and wonderful friends–who are totally invested in her finding a partner as amazing as Indigo is. It’s the last part of the equation for the happy life she knows she deserves. But you have to kiss a lot of frogs until you find your prince--from hotshot lawyers to looks-great-on-paper types, Indigo’s dating life is red hot! But if it is long-lasting love she wants . . . she may need to look no further than right in front of her.

    About the Author

    Amber Samuel is a writer, a Wattpad Star and an elementary school teacher. She lives and works in Texas.

    The Many Dates of Indigo is her first novel.

    About the Conversation Partner

    Chencia C. Higgins is just a girl from Texas who has made it her mission to create stories in which sassy, southern Black women are loved out loud. In 2019 she won a Romance Slam Jam Emma award for her debut paranormal romance, Janine: His True Alpha. When she isn't hunkered down in her writing cave, Chencia can be found with her nose in a book, saving recipes on Pinterest for things she'll never make, and dreaming about travelling even further south for the winter.

  • Virtual Author Talk: Weightless with Evette Dionne & Morgan Jerkins-December 7 @ 7PM CST
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    Join us on a screen near you to celebrate the release of Weightless with author, Evette Dionne and Morgan Jerkins.


    EVENT DEETS: 

    When: December 7 at 7 PM CST

    Where: Virtual via Crowdcast

    How: Grab a free ticket or support the author and the store by purchasing a ticket with book. You can self register here or we will send you a link before the event. 

    About the Book

    My body has not betrayed me; it has continued rebounding against all odds. It is a body that others map their expectations on, but it has never let me down.

    In this insightful, funny, and whip-smart book, acclaimed writer Evette Dionne explores the minefields fat Black woman are forced to navigate in the course of everyday life. From her early experiences of harassment to adolescent self-discovery in internet chatrooms to diagnosis with heart failure at age twenty-nine, Dionne tracks her relationships with friendship, sex, motherhood, agoraphobia, health, pop culture, and self-image.

    Along the way, she lifts back the curtain to reveal the subtle, insidious forms of surveillance and control levied at fat women: At the doctor’s office, where any health ailment is treated with a directive to lose weight. On dating sites, where larger bodies are rejected or fetishized. On TV, where fat characters are asexual comedic relief. But Dionne’s unflinching account of our deeply held prejudices is matched by her fierce belief in the power of self-love.

    An unmissable portrait of a woman on a journey toward understanding our society and herself, Weightless holds up a mirror to the world we live in and asks us to imagine the future we deserve.

    About Author

    Evette Dionne is a journalist, editor, and pop culture critic. She is the National Book Award–nominated author of Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box, a middle-grade nonfiction book about Black women suffragists, and the former editor in chief of Bitch Media. Her work has appeared in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Time, the New York Times, the Guardian, Teen Vogue, and elsewhere. A graduate of Bennett College, Dionne is based in Los Angeles, where she works at Netflix.

    About Conversation Partner 

    Morgan Jerkins is the author of Caul Baby, Wandering in Strange Lands and the New York Times bestseller This Will Be My Undoing and a Senior Culture Editor at ESPN’s The Undefeated. Jerkins is a visiting professor at Columbia University and a Forbes 30 Under 30 leader in media, and her short-form work has been featured in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the AtlanticRolling StoneElleEsquire, and the Guardian, among many other outlets. She is based in Harlem. 

  • Virtual Author Talk: The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks with Shauna Robinson & Alexis-November 2 @ 7PM CST
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    Join us on a screen near you to celebrate the release of The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks with author, Shauna Robinson and book influencer, Alexis. 
    EVENT DEETS: 
    When: November 2 at 7 PM CST
    Where: Virtual via Crowdcast
    How: Grab a free ticket or support the author and the store by purchasing a ticket with book. You can self register here or we will send you a link before the event. 
    About the Book

    I, Maggie Banks, solemnly swear to uphold the rules of Cobblestone Books.

    If only, I, Maggie Banks, cared about following the rules.

    When Maggie Banks arrives to run her best friend's struggling bookstore, she expects to sell bestsellers to the small-town clientele. But with the town on the map as a top literary destination and the tourist society bent on keeping businesses historic, Maggie is banned from selling anything written this century. So, when a series of mishaps suddenly tip the bookstore toward ruin, Maggie will have to get creative to keep the shop afloat.

    And in Maggie's world, bookish rules are made to be broken.

    To help save the store, Maggie starts an underground book club—a series of events celebrating the books readers actually love. But keeping the club quiet, selling her customers the books they want, and dodging the historical society is nearly impossible. Especially when Maggie unearths a town secret that could upend everything. 

    About the Author
    Shauna Robinson’s love of books led her to try a career in publishing before deciding she’d rather write books instead. Originally from San Diego, she now lives in Virginia with her husband and their sleepy greyhound. Shauna is an introvert at heart—she spends most of her time reading, baking, and figuring out the politest way to avoid social interaction. Must Love Books is her debut novel.
    About the Conversation Partner
    Lex is a PhD student at @uthealthsph (The University of Texas UTHealth School of Public Health) doing research focused on HIV prevention among Black women using PrEP. A lover of literature. Lex With The Text is a literary platform dedicated to amplifying #BIPOC literary voices. She is a proud HBCU alumna and native of Houston, TX.
  • IN PERSON Author Talk: On The Rooftop with Margaret Wilkerson Sexton and Kiese Laymon-November 3 at 7:00 PM CST
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    Join us as we talk to Margaret Wilkerson Sexton about her new release, On The Rooftop. 

    EVENT DEETS

    When: November 3 at 7PM CST

    Where: Kindred Stories' Reading Garden

    How: Grab a free ticket OR purchase the book with your ticket to support the authors and our store programming. 

    About the Book

    A stunning novel about a mother whose dream of musical stardom for her three daughters collides with the daughters’ ambitions for their own lives—set against the backdrop of gentrifying 1950s San Francisco

    At home they are just sisters, but on stage, they are The Salvations. Ruth, Esther, and Chloe have been singing and dancing in harmony since they could speak. Thanks to the rigorous direction of their mother, Vivian, they’ve become a bona fide girl group whose shows are the talk of the Jazz-era Fillmore.

    Now Vivian has scored a once-in-a-lifetime offer from a talent manager, who promises to catapult The Salvations into the national spotlight. Vivian knows this is the big break she’s been praying for. But sometime between the hours of rehearsal on their rooftop and the weekly gigs at the Champagne Supper Club, the girls have become women, women with dreams that their mother cannot imagine.

    The neighborhood is changing, too: all around the Fillmore, white men in suits are approaching Black property owners with offers. One sister finds herself called to fight back, one falls into the comfort of an old relationship, another yearns to make her own voice heard. And Vivian, who has always maintained control, will have to confront the parts of her life that threaten to splinter: the community, The Salvations, and even her family.

    About the Author

    MARGARET WILKERSON SEXTON, born and raised in New Orleans, studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. Her most recent novel, The Revisioners, won a 2020 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work and a George Garrett New Writing Award; was a California and Northern California Book Award finalist, a 2020 Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award Finalist and a Willie Morris Award for Southern Writing finalist; was nominated for the 2020 Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize; and was a national bestseller as well as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was long-listed for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award, won the Crook's Corner Book Prize, and was the recipient of the First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Zyzzyva, The Paris Review; O, The Oprah Magazine; The New York Times Book Review; and other publications. She lives in Oakland with her family.

    About the Moderator

    Kiese Laymon is a Black southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi. He is the Libby Shearn Moody Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rice University. Laymon is the author of Long Division, which won the NAACP Image Award for fiction, and the essay collection, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Laymon’s bestselling memoir, Heavy: An American Memoir, won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, the Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, and was named one of the 50 Best Memoirs of the Past 50 Years by The New York Times. The audiobook, read by the author, was named the Audible 2018 Audiobook of the Year. Laymon is the recipient of 2020-2021 Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard. Laymon is at work on the books, Good God, and City Summer, Country Summer, and a number of other film and television projects. He is the founder of “The Catherine Coleman Literary Arts and Justice Initiative,” a program aimed at getting Mississippi young people and their parents more comfortable reading, writing, revising and sharing.

  • IN PERSON Author Talk: The Talk with Alicia D. Williams & Illustrator, Briana Mukodiri Uchendu-October 20 @ 7:00PM CST
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    Join us as we celebrate the release of The Talk with author, Alicia D. Williams AND illustrator, Briana Mukodiri Uchendu. 

    EVENT DEETS

    When: October 20 at 7:00PM CST

    Where: Project Row House Community Gallery (2521 Holman Street, HTX, 77004)

    How: RSVP with book to support our programming and store or grab a free ticket. 

    About the Book 

    As a little boy grows into a bigger boy, ready to take on the world, he first must have that very difficult conversation far too familiar to so many Black Americans on how to live in a world where racism is ready to take on YOU....

    Most Black and Brown children are given some form of The Talk, but it's not the easiest subject to broach. This book, gently and with unexpected humor, offers parents a way into this all too necessary conversation. The Talk isn't all gloom and worry. It shows Black children enjoying life, and that they are deserve to gather in big groups, laugh too loudly, run as fast as they can, and to live freely like the kids that they are.

    It's just as vital that kids who aren't given The Talk, or aren't aware of it, BECOME aware of it, become aware of what others have to contend with, because you can't make a change without knowing what needs changing.

    About the Author

    Alicia D. Williams is the author of Genesis Begins Again, which received the Newbery and Kirkus Prize honors, was a William C. Morris prize finalist, and won the Coretta Scott King--John Steptoe Award for New Talent. Alicia D also debuted a picture book biography, Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston. And followed up with Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress and The Talk 

    Alicia shares a passion for storytelling which stems from conducting school residencies as a Master Teaching Artist of arts-integration. Alicia D infuses her love for drama, movement, and storytelling to inspire students to write. She resides in Charlotte, NC.

    About the Illustrator

    Briana Mukodiri Uchendu is an illustrator, visual development artist, and a first-generation Nigerian-American. Her work is inspired by her interests in folklore, film, and animation and her passion to highlight voices that usually go unheard. Briana is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design where she majored in Illustration. In her illustration debut, her work for The Talk by Newbery Honor-winner Alicia D. Williams (Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, October 2022) was juried into The Original Art 2022 by the Society of Illustrators and was awarded the Silver Medal. Her forthcoming projects include We Could Fly by Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell (Candlewick, Fall 2023), Soul Step by New York Times-bestseller Jewell Parker Rhodes and Kelly McWilliams (Little Brown, Summer 2024), and Night Market by Seina Wedlick (Random House Studio, Fall 2024). She currently lives in her hometown of Houston, Texas.  


  • Virtual Author Talk: We Are the Scribes with Randi Pink & Chanecka-October 26@7PM CST
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    Join us as we celebrate the release of We the Scribes with author, Randi Pink!

    Event DEETS:

    When: October 26 at 7:00 PM CST

    Where: Virtual via Crowdcast

    How: Grab a free ticket here or support our programming and purchase a book with ticket. You can also self-register on Crowdcast. 

    About the Book

    A young adult novel by Randi Pink about a teenage activist who is visited by the ghost of Harriet Jacobs, an enslaved woman.

    Ruth Fitz is surrounded by activism. Her mother is a senator who frequently appears on CNN as a powerful Black voice fighting for legislative social change within the Black community. Her father, a professor of African American history, is a walking encyclopedia, spouting off random dates and events. And her beloved older sister, Virginia, is a natural activist, steadily gaining notoriety within the community and on social media. Ruth, on the other hand, would rather sit quietly reading or writing in her journal.

    When her family is rocked by tragedy, Ruth stops writing. As life goes on,Ruth’s mother is presented with a political opportunity she can’t refuse. Just as Senator Fitz is more absent, Ruth begins receiving parchment letters with a seal reading WE ARE THE SCRIBES, sent by Harriet Jacobs, the author of the autobiography and 1861 American classic, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

    Is Ruth dreaming? How has she been chosen as a “scribe” when she can barely put a sentence together? In a narrative that blends present with past, Randi Pink explores two extraordinary characters who channel their hopelessness and find their voices to make history. 

    About the Author

    Randi Pink is the author of Angel of Greenwood, praised by NPR as a story “American kids need to know”; Girls Like Us, a School Library Journal Best Book of 2019, and Into White, also published by Feiwel and Friends. She lives with her family in Birmingham, Alabama. To learn more go to: iamrandipink.com

    About the Moderator

    In May 2020, after realizing books were talking over her personal Instagram account, Chanecka started a new account with the handle @headwrpreader centering literature. As a book influencer, she is extremely passionate about book discovery. She is always ahead of the curve on new and lesser known book releases. Currently, she works as a team member at Kindred Stories in addition to pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science. She hopes to work as a research librarian and archivist. 

  • October Young Adult Book Club- The Getaway by Lamar Giles
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    Join us for our monthly book club meeting. The October book club read is The Getaway by Lamar Giles. 

    The meeting will be held Sunday, October 30 at 1:00 PM in the Kindred Stories Reading Garden. 

    About the Book

    ay is living his best life at Karloff Country, one of the world’s most famous resorts. He’s got his family, his crew, and an incredible after-school job at the property’s main theme park. Life isn’t so great for the rest of the world, but when people come here to vacation, it’s to get away from all that.

    As things outside get worse, trouble starts seeping into Karloff. First, Jay’s friend Connie and her family disappear in the middle of the night and no one will talk about it. Then the richest and most powerful families start arriving, only... they aren’t leaving. Unknown to the employees, the resort has been selling shares in an end-of-the-world oasis. The best of the best at the end of days. And in order to deliver the top-notch customer service the wealthy clientele paid for, the employees will be at their total beck and call.

    Whether they like it or not.

    Yet Karloff Country didn’t count on Jay and his crew--and just how far they’ll go to find out the truth and save themselves. But what’s more dangerous: the monster you know in your home or the unknown nightmare outside the walls?

  • October Adult Book Club-Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
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    Join us for our monthly book club meetings. Our October book club read is Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler. 

    Our meeting will be on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 PM in the Kindred Stories Reading Garden. 

    About the Book


    Octavia Butler's last standalone novel is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified fifty-three-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must at the same time learn who wanted--and still wants--to destroy her and those she cares for, and how she can save herself. Fledgling is a captivating novel that tests the limits of "otherness" and questions what it means to be truly human.

  • An Ode to Wash Day presented by Gulf Coast Cosmos x Kindred Stories - October 2 @ 11 AM CST (PURCHASE TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE)
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    Join Gulf Coast Cosmos and Kindred Stories as we celebrate beauty, friendship, the endurance of Black women, our hair and the captivating graphic novel, Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Roswer & Robyn Smith.

    EVENT DEETS

    When: October 2 at 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM CST

    Where: Kindred Stories Reading Garden (Weather Permitting)

    How: Purchase your ticket on Eventbrite and bring yourself! All tickets come with a copy of Wash Day Diaries.

    ABOUT THE EVENT

    We were absolutely floored when we seen the panels of Wash Day Diaries. The semi monochromatic but vivid images were...inspiring.

    So, here we are spending a Sunday morning reading Wash Day Diaries, putting narrative to our wash day feelings, thoughts and experiences with Brittny Ray, our writing instructor and taking photos in front of our special Wash Day Diaries backdrop.

    We are encouraging you all to come as you are! We want to see your natural hair in all its phases. Whether you'll be in the process of wash day during the event or you are in desperate need of your wash day routine, you are welcome to come be photographed and have a bellini or mimosa on us!

     

  • IN PERSON Author Talk: How We Heal with Alexandra Elle & Deun Ivory- November 11 @ 7:00PM (GET TICKETS VIA EVENTBRITE)
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    Joins us as we celebrate the release of How We Heal with Alexandra Elle in conversation with Deun Ivory. 

    EVENT DEETS

    When: November 11 at 7:00 PM CST

    Where: St. John's Downtown (2019 Crawford Street, HTX77002)

    How: Get General Admission or VIP Meet & Greet tickets via Eventbrite. Each ticket comes with a book. 

    About the Book

    Beloved wellness author and teacher Alexandra Elle shares this practical and empowering guide to self-healing.

    In How We Heal, bestselling author Alexandra Elle offers a life-changing invitation to heal yourself and reclaim your peace. In these pages, readers will discover essential techniques for self-healing, including journaling rituals to cultivate innate strength, accessible tools for processing difficult emotions, and restorative meditations to ease the mind.

    Alex Elle elegantly weaves together themes like self-healing, mindfulness, inner child work, and boundary setting and presents the reader with easy-to-follow practices that have changed her life and the lives of the thousands of people she has taught. Her 4-part framework for healing will appeal to anyone who wants a clear process, while the compelling personal stories leave the reader feeling connected and ready to begin again.

    Complementing the practices are powerful insights from Alex Elle's own journey of self-discovery using writing to heal, plus remarkable stories of healing from a range of luminary voices, including Nedra Tawwab, Morgan Harper Nichols, Dr. Thema Bryant, Barb Schmidt, and many more.

    Brimming with encouragement and delivered with Alex Elle's signature warmth and candor, How We Heal is a must-have companion for anyone that wants to unlock their inner wisdom and confidence to heal on their own.

    About the Author

    Alexandra Elle is a writer, wellness educator, and certified Breathwork coach. Her work has been featured by a wide range of media outlines, including the New York Times, NPR, Good Morning America, ABC News, Essence, The Cut, MindBodyGreen, Bet, and Forbes, among many others. She teaches workshops and leads retreats centered around writing and self-care, and was host of the popular hey, girl podcast. She is the author of several books and journals, including, most recently, After the Rain and the In Courage Journal. She lives in the Washington DC metro area with her husband and three daughters.

    About the Conversation Partner

    Deun Ivory is a creative director, photographer and multidisciplinary artist whose work centers and celebrates black women.


    As a multidisciplinary artist, Deun has photographed campaigns and projects for brands such as Apple, Google, Glossier and Nike, as well as covers and editorial shoots, including CRWN Mag’s cover of Issa Rae. She has also worked as the Art Director for Black Girl in Om. 

    As the Founder and Creative Director of the body: a home for love a 501 (c)3 non-profit and creative wellness space for black women, Ivory has cemented her power and influence as a thought-leader and visual storyteller in the mental health and wellness spaces. Ivory’s work has been featured in Essence, Glamour, Refinery29, Vogue and other national and international publications. 

  • Houston Reads Alice Walker Meet & Greet
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    Join us to welcome in the new season of Houston Reads! with food, drinks, and mustic while meeting our incoming Houston Reads! Lead Facilitator, Chanecka Williams. 

    EVENT DEETS:

    When: Sunday, October 2 @ 430 PM 

    Where: Kindred Stories (2304 Stuart Street, HTX 77004)

    How: RSVP to reserve you spot! 

    See ya'll there!

  • September YA Adult Book Club-Zyla and Kai by Kristina Forest
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    Join us for our monthly book club. Our August pick is Zyla and Kia by Kristina Forest.

    Book club will happen Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00 PM in the Kindred Stories Reading Garden. RSVP required. See ya'll there!

    About the Book

    A fresh love story about the will they, won't they—and why can't they—of first love. 


    While on a school trip to the Poconos Mountains (in the middle of a storm) high school seniors, Zyla Matthews and Kai Johnson, run away together leaving their friends and family confused. As far as everyone knows, Zyla and Kai have been broken up for months. And honestly? Their break up hadn't surprised anyone. Zyla and Kai met while working together at an amusement park the previous summer, and they couldn't have been more different.
     
    Zyla was a cynic about love. She'd witnessed the dissolution of her parents' marriage early in life, and it left an indelible impression. Her only aim was graduating and going to fashion school abroad. Until she met Kai.
     
    Kai was a serial dater and a hopeless romantic. He'd put a temporary pause on his dating life before senior year to focus on school and getting into his dream HBCU. Until he met Zyla.
     
    Alternating between the past and present, we see the love story unfold from Zyla's and Kai's perspectives: how they first became the unlikeliest of friends over the summer, how they fell in love during the school year, and why they ultimately broke up... Or did they?
     
    Romantic, heart-stirring, and a little mysterious, Zyla & Kai will keep readers guessing until the last chapter. 

  • September Adult Book Club - Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson
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    Join us for our monthly book club. Our September pick is Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson 

    Book club will happen Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 PM in the Kindred Stories Reading Garden. RSVP required. See ya'll there!

    About the Book

    A stunning first novel about two young Black artists in London falling in and out of love by a new literary virtuoso, and finalist for the BBC Short Story Award, twenty-six-year old writer and photographer Caleb Azumah Nelson

     

    In a crowded London pub, two young people meet. Both are Black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are now artists—he a photographer, she a dancer—and both are trying to make their mark in a world that by turns celebrates and rejects them. Tentatively, tenderly, they fall in love. But two people who seem destined to be together can still be torn apart by fear and violence, and over the course of a year they find their relationship tested by forces beyond their control.

    Narrated with deep intimacy, Open Water is at once an achingly beautiful love story and a potent insight into race and masculinity that asks what it means to be a person in a world that sees you only as a Black body; to be vulnerable when you are only respected for strength; to find safety in love, only to lose it. With gorgeous, soulful intensity, and blistering emotional intelligence, Caleb Azumah Nelson gives a profoundly sensitive portrait of romantic love in all its feverish waves and comforting beauty.

    This is one of the most essential debut novels of recent years, heralding the arrival of a stellar and prodigious young talent.


  • Virtual Author Talk: Golden Ax with Rio Cortez & Ariana Brown-September 26 @7PM CST
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    Join us as we celebrate the release of Golden Ax with Rio Cortez and poet author, Ariana Brown. 

    EVENT DEETS

    When: September 25 @7PM CST

    Where: Virtual via Crowdcast

    How: Register on this page or head over to register on Crowdcast directly using this link.  If you register using our website (with or without purchasing the book) and not Crowdcast, you will register a Crowdcast watch link at least 24 hours before the start of the event.

    About the Book 

    “Outstanding . . . the poetry in these pages is intelligent, lyrical, as invested in the past as the present and future with witty nods to pop culture.” —Roxane Gay, author of Hunger
     
    “I’ve never read anything like it. Truly a sublime experience.” —Jason Reynolds, author of Ain’t Burned All the Bright

    A groundbreaking collection about Afropioneerism past and present from Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and New York Times bestselling author Rio Cortez


    From a visionary writer praised for her captivating work on Black history and experience, comes a poetry collection exploring personal, political, and artistic frontiers, journeying from her family's history as "Afropioneers" in the American West to shimmering glimpses of transcendent, liberated futures. 
     
    In poems that range from wry, tongue-in-cheek observations about contemporary life to more nuanced meditations on her ancestors—some of the earliest Black pioneers to settle in the western United States after Reconstruction—Golden Ax invites readers to re-imagine the West, Black womanhood, and the legacies that shape and sustain the pursuit of freedom. 

    About the Author 

    Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Rio Cortez is the New York Times bestselling author of The ABCs of Black History (Workman, 2020) and I Have Learned to Define a Field As a Space Between Mountains, winner of the 2015 Toi Dericotte and Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize. Her honors include a Poets & Writers Amy Award, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, Canto Mundo, The Jerome Foundation, and Poet’s House. Rio holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.

    About the Conversation Partner

    Ariana Brown is a queer Black Mexican American poet from San Antonio, TX, currently based in Houston. She is the author of We Are Owed. (Grieveland, 2021) and Sana Sana (Game Over Books, 2020). Ariana’s work investigates queer Black personhood in Mexican American spaces, Black relationality and girlhood, loneliness, and care. She holds a B.A. in African Diaspora Studies and Mexican American Studies, an M.F.A. in Poetry, and is pursuing an M.L.S. in Library Science. Ariana is a 2014 national collegiate poetry slam champion and owes much of her practice to Black performance communities led by Black women poets from the South. She has been writing, performing, and teaching poetry for over ten years. Follow Ariana online @ArianaThePoet.

  • Virtual Author Talk: Lark & Kasim Start A Revolution with Kacen Callender & Kadie-September 29@7 PM CST
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    Join us to celebrate the release of Lark & Kasim Start A Revolution with Kacen Callender & Kadie

    EVENT DEETS:

    When: Thursday, September 29 at 7PM CST

    Where: Virtual via Crowdcast

    How: Register on this page or head over to register on Crowdcast directly using this link.  If you register using our website (with or without purchasing the book) and not Crowdcast, you will register a Crowdcast watch link at least 24 hours before the start of the event.

    About the Book

    From National Book Award–winner Kacen Callender, a contemporary YA that follows Lark's journey to speak the truth and discover how their own self-love can be a revolution

    Lark Winters wants to be a writer, and for now that means posting on their social media accounts––anything to build their platform. When former best friend Kasim accidentally posts a thread on Lark's Twitter declaring his love for a secret, unrequited crush, Lark's tweets are suddenly the talk of the school—and beyond. To protect Kasim, Lark decides to take the fall, pretending they accidentally posted the thread in reference to another classmate. It seems like a great idea: Lark gets closer to their crush, Kasim keeps his privacy, and Lark's social media stats explode. But living a lie takes a toll—as does the judgment of thousands of Internet strangers. Lark tries their best to be perfect at all costs, but nothing seems good enough for the anonymous hordes––or for Kasim, who is growing closer to Lark, just like it used to be between them . . .

    In the end, Lark must embrace their right to their messy emotions and learn how to be in love.

    About the Author 

    Kacen Callender is the bestselling and award-winning author of multiple novels for children, teens, and adults, including the Stonewall Honor Book Felix Ever After and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature King and the Dragonflies. Callender enjoys playing RPG video games, practicing their art, and focusing on healing and growth in their free time. They currently live in St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, where they were born and raised

    About the Moderator

    Hailin and Hollin, Kadiedre Henderson is a Black, Queer, Lesbian, and Houston native. She is most precious about the care she brings to herself and others. Through deep listening to the world and stars,  Kadie extends care by providing space for folks to tell their own stories. A lover of stories and storyteller at heart, Kadie started working with books back in 2019 and hasn't left since. A self-proclaimed optimist, Kadie loves Queer YA, Romance, Biographies, and Magic! She is especially excited by stories that speak to navigating grief, trauma, and Black Femme Eroticism. 

  • IRL Author Talk: Shot Clock with Caron Butler & Justin A. Reynolds- September 7 @7PM CT
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    Join us to celebrate the release of Shot Clock with authors, Caron Butler and Justin A. Reynolds. 

    EVENT DEETS:

    When: September 7, 2022 at 7 PM CST

    Where: 2015 Berry Street, HTX 77004

    How: You can purchase a ticket with book or you can purchase a ticket with book to help support our store, programming and the authors. 

    About the Book

    Former NBA all-star Caron Butler and acclaimed author Justin A. Reynolds tip off a middle grade series in which each book centers on a different young member of an AAU basketball team coached by a former NBA star in his hometown. In the first book, Tony must work to make the team while dealing with the tragedy of his friend’s death.

    Tony loves basketball. But the game changed recently when his best friend, Dante, a hoops phenom and the kid he looked up to the most, was killed by a police officer. Tony and his community—Oasis Springs—are dealing with the grief, even as justice for his friend seems fleeting. Tony hopes he can carry on Dante’s legacy by making the Sabres, the AAU basketball team Dante took to two national championships.

    The Sabres are one of the best teams around—after all, not every team has a former NBA all-star as its coach. Coach James likes what he sees from Tony at tryouts, but he still doesn’t make the team. Tony takes the devastating news hard until Coach James offers him another chance: join the team as the statistician.

    Tony has a sharp mind for the game, and with help from Kiara, Coach James’s daughter, he makes an impact in this new role, even if it’s hard watching his friends play. As the team finds its stride, Tony faces another setback—the officer who killed his friend will be back on the job. With his community reeling and the team just finding its footing on the court, can Tony find a path to healing while helping to bring the Sabres a championship?

    About the Authors

    Caron Butler is a former two-time NBA all-star who played for fourteen seasons. He is currently an assistant coach for the Miami Heat and previously was a TV commentator on ESPN, NBC, TNT, and NBA TV. In 2016, his memoir, Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA, was published by Lyons Press. Tuff Juice is being produced as a film by Mark Wahlberg. Caron is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist. He created the Butler Elite Basketball Program and the 3D foundation. Caron lives in Miami with his family.

    Justin A. Reynolds is the bestselling author of Opposite of Always, which has sold in nineteen other languages and is being produced as a film by Paramount Players. In addition to his sophomore novel, Early Departures, a Kirkus Best Book of 2020, he’s also the author of the middle grade graphic novel Miles Morales: Shock Waves. Justin is also the cofounder of the CLE Reads Book Festival, a Cleveland Book Festival for middle grade and young adult writers, which he launched in July 2019. You can find him at www.justinareynolds.com.
  • All About Love Pt.II Discussion
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    Join us as we continue discussing bell hooks' All About Love. This was our book club pick in June but the group truly believed that they needed more time with this text. 

    This discussion will take place September 13, 2022 at 7:00 PM in the Kindred Stories' Reading Garden. RSVP Required. See ya'll there!

    About the Book

    With the warmth and intimacy of M. Scott Peck and in the intellectual tradition of Eric Fromm, bell hooks’ most popular and accessible work ever in which she shows us how to cultivate a love ethic that will heal us as individuals and as a nation

    “The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet...we would all love better if we used it as a verb,” writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, the renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our view of love as romance. In its place she offers a proactive new ethic for a people and a society bereft with lovelessness.

    As bell hooks uses her incisive mind and razor-sharp pen to explore the question “What is love?” her answers strike at both the mind and heart. In thirteen concise chapters, hooks examines her own search for emotional connection and society’s failure to provide a model for learning to love. Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for the individuals and for a nation. The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of the “100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life.” All About Love is a powerful affirmation of just how profoundly she can.

     

     

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