How to participate in "The Coffee Will Make You Black Reading Group"
Welcome to the AALBC.com's on-line reading group! The most important thing to remember is: participation and having fun are key. We hope our reading group will allow folks across the country – the world – to exchange ideas & opinions and learn about the books on our reading list and African American literature in general.
If you are new to the group, please take the time to read the next few pages, they will help you understand what you can expect from our reading group, how best to participate and get the most out of your on-line experience.
As a group, we discuss the books on our
reading list in two ways:
We suggest that you visit this discussion board at least once or twice a week. You may want to raise a issue about the current book before you've finished it or share any additional information you might have. For example, The July 1998 book is Cane, I found an introduction written by Arna Bontemps in 1969 and posted it to this site. You may do the same thing by simply copying and pasting it into a discussion group posting.If most of your are like most of us, you have never participated in an "on-line reading group". So we will all be learning a lot along the way. Sure, there are similarities to the traditional reading groups, but there are also significant differences.
Below is a list characteristics of a successful reading group (Source: Robert Fleming. ONE WORLD BOOKS). I will use these guidelines to contrast (using Red Bold) the traditional reading group with our on-line group, so that you have a better sense of what to expect:
the location of the meetings. More than one site will give the
Discuss ways to advertise
the group, either through ads in the local publications or
You may want to limit the
number of people to keep discussions manageable.
Settle on a meeting
format. Vary moderators to add spice and depth to the
Decide whether a meal
should be included at the meetings. Some prefer to omit this
element to maintain the focus of the group.
If safety is a
consideration, make arrangements to see that each and every
member gets home safely. Carpooling or traveling in groups is
Open up the book
selections to cover all genres and a wide range of authors.
Find out if a local
bookstore or library will sponsor the group.
The ability to articulate
ideas and to participate in the analysis of many subjects is key
to the success of a reading group. Members should be generous in
spirit and able to listen to others. Rudeness should not be
tolerated. Diversity among the group's members should be
encouraged. And remember to have fun!
join our reading group all you have to do is participate. There
are no membership forms or dues. Check out our
reading List, read the books, join our ongoing
discussions, participate in our monthly
chat sessions, let
us know about a good book you've read, tell us about a
literary event, a new
author, or just share your thoughts and ideas about African American
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