About Our Book Club

The BHNBS book club is not your average book club. It’s a space where we delve into literature that challenges traditional beliefs, promotes social justice, and reflects our secular worldview. Our book club is a testament to our commitment to fostering intellectual growth and critical thinking within our community.

Over the years, we’ve read and discussed various books that span multiple genres and topics. From exploring the intersection of race and religion in Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels to delving into the history of slavery in The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, our book club discussions are always enlightening and thought-provoking.

We’ve also explored scientific concepts in books like Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. These discussions broaden our knowledge and help us appreciate the beauty of the natural world from a secular perspective.

How does our virtual book club work?

We typically meet via Zoom on the last Saturday of the month. 

BHNBS Participation

BHNBS members participating in four book club meetings can recommend the next book we read.

Vote On the Next Book

We take a poll to choose one of the recommended books. A book must receive three or more votes. A minimum of three members must agree to read the book.

Monthly Club Discussion

Our book club assigns three or more chapters to read and discuss every month. Even if you don’t complete the assigned chapters, we encourage you to attend the discussion as it is designed for everyone to participate and enjoy. Our aim is to finish reading the selected book in three months.

Frequent Asked Questions

How much does the book club cost?

There’s no cost for participating in the book club. But you will have to purchase the selected book. 

How are the books selected?

Active members take turns recommending books to read, and the group members vote for the next selected book.

What type of books are selected?

We typically read non-fiction books about the Black experience and history. But we also read books about atheism, science, and economics. We’re open to reading good fiction as well.

What happens if I don't read the assigned chapters?

If you didn’t get a chance to read the assigned material, we encourage you to attend the meetings anyway because the topics typically allow for broad discussions.

Is BHNBS open to non-Black members?

BHNBS is open to non-Black individuals. However, the group focuses on Black people, history, culture, and atheist/humanist views.

What are other BHNBS activities?

BHNBS organizes local gatherings such as bi-monthly breakfasts and social meetups and also hosts literature tables at events.

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