Long Overdue Book Groups
Connect with your community through reading, discussions, and shared experiences.
The NEA Big Read: Indigenous Stories
From November 2022 to April 2023, Long Overdue Book Groups are participating in The NEA Big Read: Indigenous Stories.
The NEA Big Read: Indigenous Stories celebrates contemporary Native writers with a focus on the books There There by Tommy Orange, Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz, and, in some groups, New Moon/Luna Nueva by Eriqueta Lunez. Join a book group or download our toolkit to host your own – then join other Indigenous Stories readers for free events and workshops in Chicago.
The Long Overdue Book Groups will be reading and discussing the books in this series from November 2022 to April 2023.
Visit ILHumanities.org/BigRead to learn more, sign-up, and get your free copy of the books in this series.
About the Long Overdue Book Groups
Long Overdue Book Groups are free, community-based book groups facilitated by alumni of Illinois Humanities’ Odyssey Project and Proyecto Odisea. Each group creates a welcoming space for Chicagoans from many different backgrounds to grapple with the “long overdue” conversations that come from reading a book together. In some cases, group participants collaboratively determine what they will read for each meeting; in others, readings are predetermined by facilitators a few months in advance. Participation is open and voluntary, but most people find that regular attendance helps build a stronger sense of community and support.
Long Overdue Book Groups meet year-round across the Chicagoland area and take place in both Spanish and English.
If you want to join, start, or promote a Long Overdue Book Group, please complete this form.