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.
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.