Babes + Books is the the official Book Club of Babes Who Hustle. Led by writer and journalist Hurley Winkler and in partnership with Social Grounds Coffee Company, the quarterly book club includes female-written and female-focused pieces of various genres, taking place in cozy coffee shops + venues in various cities around the world. Added bonus? New friendships and networking opportunities.
Our ambassadors are responsible for coordinating club venue locations (this could be a coffee shop, brewery, public library—wherever!), communicating with all members in their area, and leading each of the four discussions (with questions we provide as a guideline.) We are seeking responsible, organized leaders with a voracious love of reading and a heart for their local community.
Interested in being a book club ambassador in your city?
Email Hurley and tell us where you live and why you fit the bill!
New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and bodies, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she casts an insightful and critical eye on her childhood, teens, and twenties—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers into the present and the realities, pains, and joys of her daily life.
TRIGGER WARNING: Contains stories of rape and sexual assault.
Meeting date: January 29, 2018
Journalist Kayleen Schaefer relays her journey of modern female friendship: from being a competitive teenager to trying to be one of the guys in the workplace to ultimately awakening to the power of female friendship and the soulmates, girl squads, and chosen families that come with it.
The end result is a validation of female friendship that's never existed before.
Earthy and otherworldly, antic and sexy, queer and caustic, comic and deadly serious, Her Body and Other Parties swings from horrific violence to the most exquisite sentiment. In their explosive originality, these stories enlarge the possibilities of contemporary fiction.
Meeting date: October 29, 2018
With a love for people and great coffee, Social Grounds Coffee Company is a Veteran-owned and operated roastery located in the Historic Springfield district of Jacksonville, FL. Portions from each SGCC purchase help support the City of Jacksonville Service Providers to employ and empower homeless Veterans and help the less fortunate right here in our local community.
Thanks so much to Jason and the team at Social Grounds for being our book club hosts here in JAX and providing a safe, supportive and (and always caffeinated) space for us to conduct our quarterly chapter meetings. Follow them on Instagram @socialgroundscoffee.