A Black Feminist Book Club

Thursday 14th April

A (monthly) book club for Black women, femmes and non-binary people to focus on self care, empowerment and community connections.


Our April book is An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World by Patrisse Cullors.

You can purchase the book via the Black Feminist Bookshop Bookshop.org affiliate store – here

About the book:

What does a world without prisons, policing, surveillance and criminalisation look like? How do we deal with conflict and harm without these systems in place?

An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World by Patrisse Cullors , offers a bold, innovative, and humanistic approach to how to be a modern-day abolitionist.

Filled with relatable teachings on the history of abolition and how it can be used in our everyday lives as a source of collective care, An Abolitionist’s Handbook: 12 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World by Patrisse Cullors reimagines a world where communities are treated with dignity, care and respect.

Patrisse Cullors is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, artist, abolitionist, Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Black Lives Matter. In this book she asks us to lead with love, fierce compassion, and precision. In her book she gives us the tools to envision change and healing.


Buying the book isn’t required to attend the event. We’ve provided some links to help you to join in the conversation if you haven’t read the book. In return, we ask that you bring one resource to share with the group, such as an article, podcast, video or a book.


Important information:

This event is exclusively for Black women, femmes and non binary people. Black Feminist Bookshop Patreon members gain access to the book club as part of their membership. More information here.

Eventbrite tickets are available for non-members.

Accessibility information:

This event will take place online. We will use Closed Captions to subtitle the event. Please get in touch at blackfeministreading@gmail.com with any questions or access needs you would like us to be aware of.


Tickets are based on a sliding scale (pay what you can afford) and there is a ‘pay it forward’ option which enables us to offer a place to someone who is experiencing economic hardship.

If you aren’t in the financial position to pay for a ticket, email blackfeministreading@gmail.com to request a ‘pay it forward’ ticket. Maximum five tickets available.

If you want to donate to the bookshop, select the ‘solidarity donation’ option. The money you give helps to keep the project going. Please note: this is not a ticket. You won’t gain entry to the event.

Your facilitators:

Dee is a working-class queer neurodiverse Black woman. She is the founder and creative force behind the Black Feminist Bookshop.

Her work centres the healing and liberation of Black women, femmes, girls and non binary people, and empowers communities to create change. She’s been running the book club for 3 years.

Ava is a Creative Facilitator, Yoga Teacher and artist. She is driven by the importance of making healing practices accessible to isolated and marginalised communities as a tool to unwind trauma. She is passionate about creating safe, accessible spaces for self exploration, expression and acceptance, where participants can address issues concerning their liberation and wellbeing- on personal and collective levels.

With over 10 years of Yoga, creative practise, facilitation and performance experience, her teaching is often woven with song, poetry and play as a way to deepen our capacity to Love and experience life.

About the book club:

Our aim is to create a space where Black women, femmes and non binary people can discuss literature that reflects their experiences. We read Black feminist and queer authors to focus on self care, empowerment and community connections.

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