Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams is Bookish’s spring 2019 Kelly’s Pick and we want book clubs planning to read it to be prepared with everything they need for a great meeting! This includes everything from themed snacks to a personality quiz, from a playlist to further reading. In the novel, Queenie is a journalist who frequently pitches ideas to her editor about the racism and sexism she sees in the world around her. Here, we’ve rounded up articles, essays, and videos from around the web that touch on the same themes that Queenie pitched. Think of this as added reading material for the themes in Queenie that made you think, “I want to know more.”
Sexual violence against women is a theme throughout Queenie, and Queenie herself brings up the Me Too movement more than once. In this TED Talk, Tarana Burke, the creator of the movement, reflects on what has and has not changed in the decade since it began and what we can do to support survivors and fight against sexual violence today.
In the book, Queenie explores the Black Lives Matter movement and attends a march. Patrisse Khan-Cullors (one of the movement’s founders) and asha bandele wrote a book about the origins of Black Lives Matter called When They Call You a Terrorist. Your book club can start with this excerpt!
In the novel, readers witness Queenie’s treatment as a black journalist in a predominantly white office. We’d recommend reading Wendy Lu’s piece for Bustle that shares similar experiences from women of color who work in publishing.
In this essay, comedian and author Samantha Irby shares the way symptoms of her depression were dismissed by those around her (and even Irby herself) when she was growing up. We think Queenie, who struggles to come to terms with the fact that she may need therapy, would relate completely.
Queenie plans to talk with her editor about writing an article called “Racial tension: U.S. or us?” This piece by Tracy McVeigh examines the spread of the Black Lives Matter movement to the United Kingdom. It includes a conversation with Natalie Jeffers, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter UK, and touches on some of the same ideas Queenie wanted to explore in her own article.
Many of the flashbacks in the novel show Queenie navigating an interracial relationship with her boyfriend, and facing a lack of acceptance from his family and from her own. This article addresses the way some people in America perceive interracial relationships, and will give readers even more insight into the interplay between dating and race.