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A Letter from Our Founder

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dear readers,

The Diverse Books Club was born out of a need for improvement in my reading life. I realized that my reading only reflected the tiniest portion of the human experience — that it was largely based in stories about people similar to myself. I made a personal goal to expand my reading to include more diverse reads. Over time, this goal grew in so many unexpected and wonderful ways. From the seedling of an idea, to a team of moderators, to thousands of readers following along. I am in awe and so, so thankful.

A little over a year ago, my reading life looked different. My circle of confidantes was smaller. I lacked understanding of the world around me, but I had a firm goal: to listen and to learn. That has always been the mission of the DBC — to come together for a learning experience based in empathy. I am so proud of the work we’ve done here. Thanks to this community, we’ve read books based in so many diverse themes. We’ve had deep conversations about difficult topics, been introduced to new perspectives, and shared our new knowledge with the young readers in our lives.

As much as I have loved and learned in running the Diverse Books Club, it’s time to say goodbye.

It’s with bittersweet feelings that I write to tell you the Diverse Books Club will be closing at the end of 2018. I hate to say goodbye to something that has been such a big part of my heart, but I know that this journey is ongoing and that the connections made in this space will remain.

Life is full of seasons, and this season is calling the members of our team to new projects and adventures. We appreciate every moment that you’ve spent reading and talking with us. We want you to know that the end of the Diverse Books Club does not mean the end of our goal to read diversely. Our team members are avid readers who are fully committed to the lifelong work of reading diversely and working beyond our reading to support marginalized and oppressed communities. We will no longer be here to facilitate your reading, but we will not give up the goal to listen, learn, and act. We hope you understand, and that you commit to this goal as well.

Our final chapter will be our December theme of modern slavery. If you’d like to know more about the selections and the cause that our team is supporting in our last month, click here. We will close on December 29, 2018, however our social media platforms and website will continue to be accessible for those readers who would like to explore some of our past themes, resources, author profiles, and more. We hope that you continue to use our content as a resource for your reading life.

To my team: I love you all, and we are a family. I have no doubt that we will continue to celebrate life’s happy moments and be there for each other in hard seasons. I cannot fully express how incredibly grateful I am for every moment and every ounce of effort that you’ve put into the DBC. Thank you for coming on this adventure with me and for teaching me more than I could have ever learned on my own. You are some of the best humans that I know.

Readers, I cannot say it more simply than this: thank you for walking with me in this. Thank you for teaching me. Thank you for everything. I look forward to learning more from you and from the many diverse titles awaiting me on my unread shelf. You have changed me, and I am so glad to have been a part of this.

with love and gratitude,

Madeleine, DBC Founder

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