Temple Folk By Aaliyah Bilal

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Published on May 22, 2024, 5:00 am
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Aaliyah Bilal is a fiction and nonfiction writer, focusing on the Black American Muslim experience and stories that connect Chinese and Afro-Diasporic peoples.

In Temple Folk by Aliyah Bilal, Black Muslims contemplate the convictions of their race, religion, economics, politics, and sexuality in America. The ten stories in this collection contribute to the bounty of diverse narratives about Black life by intimately portraying the experiences of a community that resists the mainstream culture.

Temple Folk accomplishes the rare feat of presenting moral failures with compassion, nuance, and humor to remind us that while perfection is what many of us strive for, it is the errors that make us human.

Select the venue that best fits your schedule. Free books available at in-person venues.

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.: May 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2024 on Zoom.

May 7: pgs. 1-65, chapters: Blue to The Spider.
May 14: pgs. 67-122, chapters: Candy for Hanif to Woman in Naqib;
May 21: pgs. 123-178, chapters: Who’s Down? to Sister Rose;
May 28: Aaliyah Bilal joins the conversation, pgs. 179-238, chapter: Due North.

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Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.: May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2024

Bronx Collab, 3866 White Plains Road, Bronx, NY

May 2: Intros and free book distribution;
May 9: pgs. 1-65, chapters: Blue to The Spider;
May 16: pgs. 67-122, chapters: Candy for Hanif to Woman in Naqib;
May 23: pgs. 123-178, chapters: Who’s Down? to Sister Rose;
May 30: pgs. 179-238, chapter: Due North.

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Saturdays, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.: May 4, 11, 18, 25 & June 1, 2024

Bronx River Community Garden, 180th Street & Devoe Avenue

May 4: Intros and free book distribution
May 11: pgs. 1-65, chapters: Blue to The Spider;
May 18: pgs. 67-122, chapters: Candy for Hanif to Woman in Naqib;
May 25: pgs. 123-178, chapters: Who’s Down? to Sister Rose;
June 1: pgs. 179-238, chapter: Due North.

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About The Book Club & One Book One Bronx

Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education invites neighbors to come together and (re)spark a love of reading. The book club normally meets in its 6th floor Gallery and hosts vibrant community-focused conversations that build a love of books and reading. The Casita Maria Book Club is presented in partnership with One Book One Bronx.

One Book One Bronx is a new style book club that inspires, encourages, and delights readers. Every week, we meet to discuss books that reflect the people of the Bronx. The book club seeks to build a culture of reading and is free to join. Please visit here for information on starting a book club at your community-based organization.

Discussions are free and open to the public. By registering you are giving the hosts permission to possibly use your image on our social media platforms. Book club discussions are held in English only at this time.

One Book One Bronx is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, donations, and Citizens Committee of New York City.

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About Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education

Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education is the first and oldest Latino 501(c)(3) charity in NYC, founded in 1934.

The South Bronx-based community arts and educational organization presents diverse, contemporary visual and performing arts and education programming for all ages.

Casita Maria creates a safe and welcoming community, enriching and uplifting youth and families towards success, through shared cultural, art and educational experiences and programs.

Location:

Casita Maria Center For Arts & Education
928 Simpson Street
Bronx, NY 10459

Tel.: 718-589-2230

Email: info@casitamaria.org

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