An interview with Brenda Zeigler-Riley, coordinator of the Book Ends book club of the Howard County Center of African American Culture.
What book are members reading this month?
We're reading "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison. This will be the second time for the group, as a whole, reading "The Bluest Eye." It's the first book that the club ever read, and we've been around since 1994.
Which books have members liked?
"Parable of the Sower" by Octavia Butler - wonderful book. Well, [members have liked] anything by Octavia Butler. It's labeled science fiction, but if you read it carefully, some of the stories show how present trends could lead to similar situations.
Most of our discussions tend to move from the book to what's actually going on in society, what members have experienced. It's never just about the book.
How many members does the club have?
It varies. Right now, we probably have a stable core of eight to 10, and we've had as many as 70.
How often does the club meet?
Once a month, the second Monday of each month. We meet at the center [the Howard County Center of African American Culture] on Vantage Point Road.
What are the book club's objectives?
Provide a forum for members to discuss books by and about African-Americans, and it's an outgrowth of the center to provide services for the community. And we also, in the past, have brought in local writers. They normally come in and discuss their books.
Information: Howard County Center of African American Culture, 410-715-1921.