Chicago rapper, producer, and poet, Noname, launched a book club for her fans and fellow readers.
The club started as a Twitter poll in July after the rapper made a friendly encounter with a fan who happened to be reading the same book as her (Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-determination by Kali Akuno and Ajamu Nangwaya). That moment sparked her interest for the club, and the Chicago native realized that it can make a difference around the community.
Aside from her musical career, Noname has a strong passion for literature. She was raised by a family who advocates the importance of books. Her mother, Desiree Sanders, even became the first black woman in Chicago to own a bookstore. Noname hopes to honor her mother’s legacy with the project.
Ever since its opening, the club is growing. Its Instagram account is reaching 24k followers while its Twitter account is peaking at 40k followers. Noname also created the club’s official website in order to keep members updated with new books to read each month.
Recently, she and fellow members touched upon works, such as Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Brazilian author Paulo Freire and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby at the club’s inaugural meet-up on August 31st in Los Angeles.
For September, members will dive into Don’t Call Us Dead, a spoken word poetry book by Danez Smith, and The Cooking Gene by Michael W. Twitty.
According to Evan Minsker from Pitchfork, Noname’s goal for the book club stands firm. She hopes to “highlight progressive work from writers of color and writers within the LGBTQ community.” Her intentions will not only unite Chicago or the U.S., but also the world.