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ABOUT THE CLUB

Decolonize Your Bookshelves is a book club founded by Eliza Romero, also known as Aesthetic Distance. The group will focus on Asian American writers who tell stories of struggle and triumph, and explore themes of civil unrest, assimilation, racism, and profound alienation. Because a disproportionate number East Asian writers are represented in the American mainstream compared with other Asians, the club will delve into the works of South and Southeast Asian authors, including Filipino, Indian and Vietnamese creators. The goal: thought-provoking discourse that reveal the absolute necessity of these works to the American collective identity.

UPCOMING EVENTS

The club will officially launch on June 6th at the Maryland State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (415 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201). The first book we will read is Insurrecto by Gina Apostol, who is the 2013 PEN/Open Book Award winner and whose works have been reviewed by The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Foreign Policy and others. She is a fellow convener for the Malaya Movement along with Eliza. Gina will be the guest of honor at the launch and giving a talk about her novel and modern-day American colonialism in the Philippines. This event is in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Library. Greedy Reads will be on hand to sell copies of the novel, which you can get signed by Gina after her talk.

Insurrecto by Filipino author, Gina Apostol, is the first book we are reading. Gina Apostol herself will be the guest of honor at the launch of Decolonize Your Bookshelves on June 6th.

Insurrecto by Filipino author, Gina Apostol, is the first book we are reading. Gina Apostol herself will be the guest of honor at the launch of Decolonize Your Bookshelves on June 6th.

America Is Not The Heart by Elaine Castillo.

America Is Not The Heart by Elaine Castillo.

Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn is a Filipino American classic from 1991.

Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn is a Filipino American classic from 1991.

Brown Skin, White Minds by Filipino-American scholar and professor, EJR David, is a classic and one of the definitive resources on colonial mentality among Filipinos.

Brown Skin, White Minds by Filipino-American scholar and professor, EJR David, is a classic and one of the definitive resources on colonial mentality among Filipinos.

Finding My Voice by Marie G. Lee is the very first mainstream Asian American teen novel. It was published in 1991.

Finding My Voice by Marie G. Lee is the very first mainstream Asian American teen novel. It was published in 1991.

I often credit this novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid, as the book that changed my entire outlook on literature and representation in media.

I often credit this novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Mohsin Hamid, as the book that changed my entire outlook on literature and representation in media.