Chapman’s List Book Club

“I can tell you the Senate and the House stand willing and ready to do something about this, so I’m just asking you to really consider what you’re doing with giving books with obscene material to children.” – Senator Jake Chapman on his efforts to criminalize the teaching and inclusion in school libraries of The Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The Hate U Give, Gender Queer, and more.

Who gets to have their identity and experience represented in a book? Everyone! Join us for a celebration of and conversation about the books and important topics Senator Chapman would like to see banned from schools.

All are invited to participate.

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

WHEN: Saturday, February 12, 6 PM 
WHERE: Dog-Eared Books 

In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.

Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren’t Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy. Johnson’s emotionally frank style of writing will appeal directly to young adults. 

Purchase a copy to read, or grab it from the library, and join us at Dog·Eared Books at 6 PM on Saturday, February 12, to discuss the book. This book club is free to anyone who wishes to participate, no registration necessary.

Dates & books for upcoming Chapman’s List book club gatherings:

February 12 at 6 PM  All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

March 12 at 6 PM  Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

April 9 at 6 PM  The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

May 14 at 6 PM  The Absolutely True Diary  of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

June 11 at 6 PM  Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison