The Booked and Busy Bookclub is Shaw University Writing Center's featured book club and reading list focused on highlighting and promoting contemporary/modern authors of color. We know firsthand that classic books can feel distant and irrelevant to most college students. We believe in transitioning students from the traditional classics that feature white male authors and expanding minds to not only classic BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color) literature but book titles that feature contemporary, relevant world issues. By learning and supporting talented authors with rich histories and layered ideas, we engage with the world on a deeper level. We believe writers of color have something special and necessary to say. Join us as we aim to grow our list and get all students reading and experiencing living writers.

Library Books

How the Book Club Works

The book club is open to all Shaw students and staff who'd love to connect with other people and share thoughts and opinions on current issues. We have partnered up with famous authors who have kindly donated books to our Living Library from our Amazon wish lists. Each month, the WC will pick a new book title from our Living Library. At the end of each month, we will host virtual book discussions with students and staff to review themes, topics, and ideas.

Several titles are available. You can access them from the Writing Center or the free PDF version on our Living Library.  If you are interested in joining, we only ask that you stay involved and commit to reading with us every month. 

Holding a Book

How to Get Involved

We are always looking for book suggestions from students. Please suggest your favorite book for consideration! Students that participate receive extra credit in select classes. Another great way to stay involved is to write a review of the Book of the Month and submit for publication on the Bears Net Weekly Zine. 

Man with Book






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