Totally Graphic YA Book Club

High Schoolers! Are you short on time (or attention) but want all the coziness of a book club in a bonafide bookshop? Join us each month for Capri Suns and snacks and discussions of the graphic novel we’ll read each month.  

This book club is for students in grades 9-12, and will meet the second Friday of each month.

Registration is required to participate in the Totally Graphic book club.

Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser & Robin A. Smith

WHEN: Friday, September 9, 5 PM 
WHERE: Dog-Eared Books 

Wash Day Diaries tells the story of four best friends—Kim, Tanisha, Davene, and Cookie—through five connected short story comics that follow these young women through the ups and downs of their daily lives in the Bronx.

The book takes its title from the wash day experience shared by Black women everywhere of setting aside all plans and responsibilities for a full day of washing, conditioning, and nourishing their hair. Each short story uses hair routines as a window into these four characters’ everyday lives and how they care for each other.

Jamila Rowser and Robyn Smith originally kickstarted their critically acclaimed, award-winning slice of life mini comic, Wash Day, inspired by Rowser’s own wash day ritual and their shared desire to see more comics featuring the daily lived experiences of young Black women. Wash Day Diaries includes an updated, full color version of this original comic—which follows Kim, a 26-year-old woman living in the Bronx—as the book’s first chapter and expands into a graphic novel with short stories about these vibrant and relatable new characters.

In expanding the story of Kim and her friends, the authors pay tribute to Black sisterhood through portraits of shared, yet deeply personal experiences of Black hair care. From self-care to spilling the tea at an hours-long salon appointment to healing family rifts, the stories are brought to life through beautifully drawn characters and different color palettes reflecting the mood in each story.

At times touching, quiet, triumphant, and laugh out loud funny, the stories of Wash Day Diaries pay a loving tribute to Black joy and the resilience of Black women.

Pick up a free copy (once registered) that was paid for and sponsored by a community member, or grab it from the library, and join us at Dog·Eared Books at 5 PM on Friday, September 9, to discuss! 

Dates and books for upcoming Totally Graphic Book Club:

September 9 at 5 PM  Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser & Robin A. Smith sponsored by community member

October 14 at 5 PM  How to Be Ace: A Memoir of Growing up Asexual by Rebecca Burgess sponsored by community member

November 17 at 5 PM  The Golden Hour by Niki Smith sponsored by community member

December 16 at 5 PM  Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms by Crystal Frasier sponsored by community member