Gold House Book Club Launch 10/1/2020: Anchoring & Exploring Asian American Identity with Leading Writers and Scholars
The Gold House Book Club
Today, I am so excited to announce the launch of The Gold House Book Club, the first book club made with the intent of promoting the diversity and inclusion of Asian American literature in order tohelp Asian Americans better understand their identity and culture in today’s political and social climate. Its fantastic lineup has been carefully selected by top Asian American scholars and writers (including Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen and The Joy Luck Club author Amy Tan), and includes selections for not only adults and young adults, but also beginners, early readers, and middle grade readers.
I am so incredibly thrilled that Gold House reached out to me to promote this club, because it’s representative of why this blog means so much to me in the first place. My primary goal has always been to promote diverse stories and authors, but the topic of Asian American representation in literature in particular is something that’s very near and dear to my heart. As an Indian American myself, I haven’t seen too many characters who look like me in the books I’ve read (read: almost none), and I’ve talked about this in posts such as this one, where I tried to articulate how I felt the first time I read a book with an Indian American protagonist. Of course, I was even more excited about this book club when I learned that one of the books planned for this upcoming year is The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, a book about bridging generations and biculturalism by an Indian American author, and that the advisory council for the book club includes multipleIndian Americans. Our community is one of the more underrepresented in the Asian American genre, so it is absolutely amazing to see so much diversity and inclusion even within a book club dedicated to Asian American inclusion. This is the first book club of its kind, and I am honored to be sharing it with you all.
You can check out more information about the book club, including who’s on the advisory council, the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 book lists, and much more on the book club website that is now officially launched here.
October Book of the Month
Are you as excited about this book club as I am? What book are you most looking forward to? Let me know down below in the comments! 🙂