Book Circle Info & FAQ's
How Much is Registration?
FREE. Per Layla's request this 6-week experience requires no payment but your commitment to the work. The point is to do the work, not to further white supremacy by profiting from the intellectual property of another black, indigenous, person of color. Register and reserve your seat in the book circle for FREE here.
When Is it?
Meeting Weekly for 6 Weeks on Thursdays at two times: 10 am Central & 7 pm Central (UTC-5) starting June 11th. (You'll only need to attend one meeting each week.) We'll meet virtually via a dedicated, password-protected Zoom link for 90 minutes each week. We recommend putting the following dates and chapter prep in your calendar now, so you can hold that weekly meeting sacred.
- Part I: Thursday, June 11th
- Part II/Week 1: Thursday, June 18th
- Part II/Week 2: Thursday, June 25th
- Part II/Week 3: Thursday, July 2nd
- Part II/Week 4: Thursday, July 9th
- Part II/Now What?: Thursday, July 16th
Who is invited?
People with white privilege. If you are not black, indigenous, or a person of color -- that is YOU. Register here.
Are BIPOC invited?
Yes, however... Black, indigenous, and people of color are welcome to participate. However, the work outlined in this book is for people with white privilege to do. If BIPOC wish to attend the circle, they may do so, but are not expected to do the journaling work, support the emotional processing, or be called upon to teach or explain if they do not wish to do so.
What is a Book Circle?
It is not a traditional book club. Each week we will meet to individually process the journaling work from a portion of Layla Saad's book in a group environment. We do this to hold each other accountable to the work, to listen to our unique perspectives, and change racism starting from within ourselves first.
Our non-hierarchical meetings will be hosted by Emily Ann Peterson and conducted according to the guidelines of "The Circle Way," per the request of Layla Saad. To register for the book circle and get your .pdf copy of these guidelines click here.
Is there homework?
YES. That's the point of this book, to do the work. You are expected to show up to each meeting having read that portion of the book and completed the daily journaling assignments outlined in Me and White Supremacy.
Where can I get a copy of the book?
The hardback and paperback copies of the book are sold out online at the time of writing this page. At the moment, Amazon is offering the Kindle version of the book for under $10 or for "free" included in your KindleUnlimited membership. The Kindle app is accessible via desktop, tablet, or your mobile device. If you're reading this website, you can access the kindle version of the book in under 5 minutes.
What if I don't have a Kindle?
You can still participate. YES, hardback, and paperback copies of the book are SOLD OUT at the moment. This is okay. (It's fantastic actually! It means that many people are interested in doing this crucial work!) At the moment, Amazon is offering the Kindle version of the book for under $2.99 or for "free" included in your KindleUnlimited membership.
The Kindle app is accessible via desktop, tablet, or your mobile device. If you're reading this email right now, you can access the kindle version of the book in under 5 minutes.
Will there be replays available for any meetings that I have to miss?
No. This can be really emotionally heavy stuff. There will be no recordings or replays out of respect for those in attendance. Thanks for understanding!
Can I invite a friend to join me?
Yes. However, please do so mindfully... According to Layla Saad, what transforms this experience from a "book club" to a book circle "is the willingness of people to shift from informal socializing or opinionated discussion into a receptive attitude of thoughtful speaking and deep listening that embodies the practices and structures outlined in [our book circle guidelines.]"
Also from Layla Saad, "Not everyone is willing to do this work. Not everyone is willing to follow the structure of the circle or set aside white fragility to be part of something bigger. Make sure people you are inviting to be in circle are ready to really do the work."
I have another question, where should I ask it?
Please add it as a comment below or if it's confidential, you can send an email here. We'll do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.
I'm ready. What happens after I register?
After registering and committing to this 6-week experience, you'll receive login credentials to access the reading homework outlined for each meeting. You are expected to show up to each meeting having read that portion of the book and completed the daily journaling assignments outlined in Me and White Supremacy.