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BookTini's 2017 Winter Reading List

Our new reading season is here, and we welcome you to join us on this fun ride of literary goodness.

We're adding more structure to the club in 2017, and spreading the responsibility around so members across chapters can have an active role in helping BookTini glow. Our new Book Board is designed to create our literary selection voting ballots from member nominations, while our new Cocktail Council researches and selects the wines and spirits paired with our reads. We now have a new Executive Assistant Committee who will assist with member recognition and national events, and we've added a Community Service Chair position to the Executive Board, who, along with chapter representatives, will develop and execute our national community service initiative. It's very exciting to imagine the great things to come with more experienced and committed hands working the BookTini pot.

Another change: due to low participation, we're cutting our monthly book poll. We will instead have monthly online book discussions on our Members Only FB page at the beginning of the month following our reads. The book discussions will be led by members of our Book Board. If you have something you're dying to say about our selections or cocktails, be sure to chime in there.

In our first ever seasonal newsletter below, we have our usual Dates to Remember information, upcoming events, Support A Black Book Store Month, our national retreat locale reveal, and information about our winter literary selections and cocktails. Keep this newsletter handy for easy reference for any questions throughout January and February. 

As always...


With Literary Love, 
Nakia White
Co-Founder & Executive Chair

Dates To Remember
December 30
Oakland Hills Chapter BookTini-versary
Our fifth chapter will reach their first milestone in the club: one year of good books, good drinks, and great friends!

January 28
2017 Season Kick Off Happy Hour
We're kicking off our new Reading Season with a National Happy Hour. This is one of the few times we're encouraging you to have fun without books at the center. Link up with your chapter for drinks at a bar, lounge, or a members home, and take lots of selfies with your BookTini Boos.
January 30
Uptown Oakland Chapter BookTini-versary
Our sixth chapter will reach their first milestone in the club: one year of good books, good drinks, and great friends!

Now thru January 31
2017 Community Service Project
We're starting the planning early with "spreading the gift of literacy through charity". Select a Community Service Representative from your chapter to reach out to Community Service Chair, Toya Davis, at for more information about our 2017 community service initiative.
February 2017
Support a Black Owned Book Store Month

In 2017, we're asking all members to participate in Support A Black Owned Book Store month by purchasing our Black Excellence selection from the historic Eso Won Books in Los Angeles. Order information is below.

Now thru Feburary 4
Nominate for Spring 2017 Reading List

Itching to nominate a good read for Spring? Submit your International Setting, Movie Adaptation, and Historical Fiction suggestions here.

Found a tasty cocktail recipe or wine/beer suggestion you'd like BookTini to try?

Click here to send it in to our Cocktail Council.

Efforts to further the part of BookTini's mission that promotes the gift of literacy through charity led our Twin Cities chapter to collect and donate books to the Women's Prison Book Project through Minneapolis' Boneshaker Books store in November.

Women of color disproportionately make up the women's prison population, and one of the more popular requests are books by and about women of color, so they made sure to donate books that would educate and entertain that demographic. Great job, ladies! 

BookTini's Uptown Oakland chapter also joined in the mission to spread the gift of literacy through charity by donating more than 40 books and helping to mail more than 70 while volunteering at the Prisoners Literature Project (PLP) in Berkeley, CA in November. uOAK Member Tiffany Black (second from right) was so moved by the organization that she later collected monetary donations and nearly 300 more books for the cause from friends and colleagues . Great job, ladies!

PLP is an all-volunteer grassroots group that sends hundreds of free book packages to needy prisoners in the United States every month.
Camillia C. (TWIN)


Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi: The unforgettable New York Times best seller begins with the story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indeliably drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day... (more)



Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she held a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellowship. She lives in Berkeley, California. (more)



INGREDIENTS (4 servings):

  • 1 bottle Spanish red table wine
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
DIRECTIONS: Combine wine, juice, brandy and sugar in a medium saucepan over low heat and heat until the sugar has melted. Add the orange and lemon slices and let simmer for 5 minutes. Serve in heat resistant glasses.

Protip from the Cocktail Council: for chapters that don't meet in a home, this can be prepared at home, transported, and warmed in a crock pot or microwave.

Akudo N. (DC)


Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly: Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program—and whose contributions have been unheralded, until now. (more)


Margot Lee Shetterly grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where she knew many of the women in her book Hidden Figures. She is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and the recipient of a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grant for The Human Computer Project, an endeavor that is recovering the names and accomplishments of all of the women who worked as computers, mathematicians, scientists and engineers at the NACA and NASA from the 1930s through the 1980s. (more)


INGREDIENTS (1 serving):

  • 2 oz Amarula Cream Liqueur
  • 1 oz Cointreau - orange liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Tito's vodka
  • orange for garnish

DIRECTIONS:  Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

Fun Facts from the Cocktail Council: The Amarula Cream Liqueur used in this cocktail is made by the Amarula liquor company based in South Africa, chosen as a nod to the mother continent and theme for the month. The Tito's vodka used in this cocktail is based in Texas, where NASA is also based, a nod to the setting in our literary selection.

Photo Source: NY Times

We have selected Eso Won Books to support for our annual Support A Black Owned Book Store month in February. Eso Won is an independent African American book store that has served the Los Angeles area since 1987. They have a celebrated history of creating safe spaces for both Black authors and Black readers. As National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates recently shared in the NY Times article "7 Writers on Their Favorite Book Stores": 

"Eso Won is one among a long tradition of black bookstores that sprang up to water [our] roots. It is part of the larger community of independent bookstores that writers celebrate, but its specific mission is to make sure black authors always have a home. This is important to me, not because it’s the world that I spring from but because it is the river I continue to drink from... In much the same way we need diversity among authors and editors, we need diversity among the ranks of booksellers. They are the ultimate arbiters of our literary tradition. In these coming dark times, we can scarcely afford to be without them."

We're asking that every member support Eso Won Books in February by purchasing Hidden Figures through them instead of Amazon or reserving from the library. Our collective effort can make a tremendous impact for a store that has made our stories a priority.

When we contacted Eso Won Books about supporting them for this endeavor, co-owner James Fulgate was happy for the opportunity to share Hidden Figures with us, and offered FREE shipping to the entire club.

Ordering by chapter will work over the phone at 323-290-1048. Books (w/o tax) are $15.99 for paperback, $27.99 for hardcover. Store hours for phone orders are 10a - 7p Monday-Saturday and 12p - 5p on Sunday.

Be sure to order in mid-January, and let them know that BookTini sent you. Check out the links below for more information on Eso Won Books.


Getting to Happy 2017
National Retreat Announcement
You've all been waiting with bated breath for the location of our upcoming retreat, and the wait is finally over. After careful consideration (and a very passionate plea from the DC chapter) we'll be heading on down to the Big Easy for #GettingToHappy2017. Get ready for beignets, Boubon Street, musicans on every corner, and a fun time with your BookTini boos down in New Orleans in October.

Dates and registration information will be released in our Spring newsletter in late February. 


Our spring themes are:
  • International Setting or Culture: any book with a setting outside of the U.S., or focused on a non-American culture navigating within the U.S. under new circumstances
  • Movie Adaptation: any books that will either be in movie theaters or DVD/streaming by April 7th (check for movie release dates).
  • Historical Fiction:  any novel set in the past
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