Juneteenth reads we’re loving on Instagram

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Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when word finally reached Texas that all slaves had been freed. It’s important to note that this was actually 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. The date commemorates the liberation of the last enslaved African Americans, because no one is free until everyone is free.

One thing we love about the #bookstagram community is their passion for changing the world through books. Today, on Juneteenth, rather than make our own book recommendations we wanted to highlight the incredible voices that say it better than we ever could.

When you’re ready to purchase one of these books, there’s still time to join the #blackpublishingpower movement and work to fill the bestseller lists with Black authors. If Audiobooks are more your speed, Libro.fm will split 100% of all sales today across their Black bookstore partners. And, if you’re looking for a store to purchase directly through, check out our list of 7 Black-owned bookstores accepting online orders.


Get started with book boxes curated by Black and Indigenous readers

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“The very serious function of racism … is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language and so you spend 20 years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Somebody says that you have no art so you dredge that up. Somebody says that you have no kingdoms and so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary.” -Toni Morrison • • Thank you all for your outpouring of support through the silencing from @bookofthemonth. While I would have appreciated a private and sincere apology, I did not receive one. That speaks volumes to me about who they are and who they plan to be moving forward. Many of you canceled your subscriptions and hit them in a language they do speak. I think that is an important form of activism. • • That being said, I am moving forward. This has been a major distraction from my work and my life. It has drained me. This is the function of racism. It also has taken my (and I would assume some of your) attention off of demanding justice and reform for Black people who are being murdered by the police. Again, this is the function of racism. • • I will leave you all a list of book subscription boxes that are run by Black and/or Indigenous folks, and women. Also check out your local independent bookstore as they may also have subscription boxes, and there are too many to list here. • • @cafeconlibros_bk @marginsbox @fultonstreet918 @decentred_lit_ja @iamblacklit @raven_reads @thecollectiveoakland @callnumberbox @feministbookclubbox @pageonebooks • • Again, thank you. Let’s get back to work. #thestacks

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A new author recommend from @bookofcinz

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Come meet one of my favourite authors KEI MILLER @millerkei ✨ – . I first became familiar with Kei Miller’s work back in 2018 after reading AUGUSTOWN, I remember being so impressed by Miller’s ability to weave together different plot lines. Yoew… Miller is a poet and a writer… like the man can WRITE! – . I later went on to read THE LAST WARNER WOMAN, SAME EARTH and IN NEARBY BUSHES and I cannot stop singing praises. How is it that every book I read by this man I am blown away by his ability to write real Jamaican characters? The LAST WARNER WOMAN remains a favorite for me because I did not know much about Warner Women, I would see and hear them in passing when I was in Jamaica so getting a look behind the curtain through this novel was such a great experience. – . SAME EARTH I cannot stop recommending… let me stop lying, I cannot stop recommending Kei Miller on a whole. I just absolutely love that man’s ability to write about real Jamaican stories, real Jamaican people and the issues we encounter on a daily basis. – . If you haven’t read anything by Kei Miller I highly recommend you stop what you are doing now and go read a book by him! – . It's a holiday here in Trinidad and Tobago 🇹🇹 and I'll be starting my second read of Same Earth some time today. – . 👇🏿📚👇🏿 Have you read anything by Kei Miller? • • • 📸 @gabymariephotography #ReadCaribbean #SameEarth #KeiMiller #CaribbeanAuthor #CaribbeanGirlReadingTheWorld #Bookstagrammer #WellReadBlackGirl #ReadTheWorld21

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A diverse book a month from @diversespines

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Happy Friday Eve! Welcome to all of our new followers!! I’m thrilled to have everyone here. This is a community space where you can 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐍𝐞𝐱𝐭 𝐃𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 𝐃𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 highlights books by Black Women and Women of Color. Our mission is to amplify marginalized voices. We also highlight YOU when you tag your #diversespines by using our official hashtag. This stack features our past, current and future 2020 reads through the summer:⁣⁣ Jan – #GirlWomanOther⁣⁣ Feb – #TheStreet⁣⁣ Mar – #TheGirlWithTheLoudingVoice⁣⁣ Apr – #ABoundWomanIsADangerousThing⁣⁣ May – #TheMountainsSing⁣⁣ ☀️Summer Reading Series ☀️⁣⁣ Jun – #TheVanishingHalf – IG Live discussion with Brit Bennett on 6/27 3 PM ET⁣⁣ Jul – #Americanah⁣⁣ Aug – #TheseGhostsAreFamily⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐝𝐨:⁣⁣ ✦ Join our monthly read along & #bookchat at the end of the every month. Select the #bookchat highlight wheel to view past discussions.⁣⁣ ✦ Support Independent Bookstores when you shop our bookshop (link in bio above)⁣⁣ ✦ Take the #DiverseSpinesReadingChallenge! Select the challenge highlight wheel. ⁣⁣ ✦ Tell a friend about us!⁣ ⁣✦ FOLLOW the hashtag & TAG your #diversespines!!⁣ ⁣ Welcome to the #DiverseSpinesSquad & let’s diversify your shelves!! 👏🏽🙌🏽✨⁣⁣ 📚🧡💛⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ .⁣⁣ #blackstorieshavepower #readwithdiversespines #bookstack #bookspines #readmorewomen

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A great fiction stack from one of our favorite black-owned bookstores


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