Earlier this year, Indiana Humanities awarded 150 grants to Indiana libraries to fund collection development in the area of advancing racial equity, thanks to funding from Lilly Endowment Inc. This funding also allowed us to purchase several new book kits in this collecting area for Novel Conversations, outlined below.
Recipients of the Advancing Racial Equity grants used this list to select titles to add to their library collections. Our newly purchased additions all come from the list, but we also want to highlight titles already in our collection that appear on the list as well. Be sure to reserve these titles for your club for next year!
Also, we’re committed to continuing to collect titles in this area, so you if see any titles from the master list that you’d like us to consider adding to the library, please reach out to Bronwen Carlisle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (15 copies)
- Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi (15 copies)
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (15 copies)
- White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo (15 copies)
- March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (15 copies)
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (15 copies)
- The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism by Jemar Tisby (15 copies)
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (15 copies)
KITS ALREADY IN OUR COLLECTION:
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (5 copies)
- Beloved by Toni Morrison (15 copies)
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (8 copies)
- How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon (10 copies)
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (11 copies)
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (10 copies)
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (15 copies + 1 audiobook)
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (7 copies + 3 large print + 2 audiobooks)
Novel Conversations is a free statewide lending library. Indiana Humanities lends more than 900 titles, primarily fiction and biography, to reading and discussion groups all over Indiana, free of charge. Learn more here.