James Baldwin Book Club Book Club (Session 1)

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Book Club
Saturday, February 3    12pm


All are welcome to participate in this free Book Club for the novel Giovanni’s Room by renowned American writer and Civil Rights activist James Baldwin (1924–1987). Baldwin’s extensive body of work—spanning essays, speeches, plays, poetry, short stories, and novels—fearlessly tackled racial and social issues, offering profound insights into the Black American experience in the 20th century.

The author’s 1956 novel, Giovanni’s Room, is about an American man living in Paris and his relationships with other men, particularly an Italian bartender named Giovanni, whom he meets at a gay bar.

This Book Club for Giovanni’s Room is part of “James Baldwin at 100″— an initiative of  One Book One Bronx & The Literary Freedom Project that will celebrate a century since the author’s birth with discussions, panels, screenings, and exhibitions. The Bronx Museum is proud to serve as a host location for this initiative and other One Book One Bronx Book Clubs!


This free program consists of five in-person sessions at The Bronx Museum (1040 Grand Concourse). The sessions all take place from 12–1:30 PM on the following dates:

Free Book Distribution Session:
Saturday, February 3, 2024
12–1:30 PM at The Bronx Museum

Chapter 1 Session:
Sunday, February 11, 2024
12–1:30 PM at The Bronx Museum

Chapter 2 Session:
Saturday, February 17, 2024
12–1:30 PM at The Bronx Museum

Chapter 3 Session:
Saturday, February 24, 2024
12–1:30 PM at The Bronx Museum

Chapter 4 Session:
Saturday, March 2, 2024
12–1:30 PM at The Bronx Museum

One Book One Bronx hosts weekly restorative conversations on topics such as gentrification, social justice, women’s empowerment, criminal justice, and racial inequality. The discussions are reflective of the borough’s racial, economic, and gender demographics, and aim to build bridges for engagement while reigniting a passion for reading.


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