Kindred Spirits Book Club

 

Strengthening sisterhood, friendship

& community through reading

The Story of Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits was founded in the “Hair Studio” hair salon in 1998.  The owner/operator Vanessa Saffore and her customers all shared a love for reading and were influenced by Oprah’s Book Club at the time.  Hence the idea to form a book club, which blossomed into an organization of Black women ready to make their contribution to the literary world by buying, reading, sharing and supporting the works of African-American writers.


Our book club started with a small membership which grew to 25 in a few years.  We primarily met in each other’s home and but with such a large number we would occasionally dine out.   Kindred Spirits host at least one co-ed meeting and one co-book meeting per year.  We have over the years had the pleasure of hosting many authors at our meetings.  Click to see the list of authors we support.


The book club presented its first Author Showcase in 2003 in Pacoima, California, which was open and free to the public.  The featured authors were Victoria Christopher Murray, Edwardo Jackson, Darnella Ford, and Joyce Gray along with several local African-American vendors selling their cultural arts and giftware.


In September 2006 Kindred Spirits hosted the Femme Fantastik Tour with featured Authors, Lori Bryant Wooldridge, Nina Foxx, Carmen Green, Reshonda Tate-Billingsley, and Trisha R. Thomas.  Check out the link to their blog Femme Fantastik BlogSpot.  We had a wonderful time with these ladies and we help raise money for The Bobby S. Wyche Scholarship Fund sponsored by the AIM-IRS Los Angeles Chapter.


Over the past 14 years a few of our members have attended the literary events organized by Ruth Bridges of Literary Sisters.  Ruth’s events became so popular that she started own travel agency Aviva Travel Group based in Arizona.  We have attended events in San Pedro, California, Sedona, Arizona (twice), Monterey, California, San Francisco, California, Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina.  Click the link Literary Sisters to review Ruth’s website for upcoming events.


After attending several of the Fall into Fiction literary events over the years in 2017 our book club joined the United California African-American Bookclubs (UCAAB) organization, which was founded in 2003.  We are very excited to be a member of this organization and look forward to many years of participation and networking with our fellow readers.  Visit the website to learn more about UCAAB.