Carmela Hicks Gordon is the site leader for the Virtual Branch of Sistahfriend Book Club. She also is a contributing writer for the BookClub University Magazine started by TaNisha Webb and a reviewer for the Book Referees started by Orsayor Simmons. She enjoys reading and volunteers in her community as a tutor to help children to read and write and firmly believes if you can read, you go anywhere and do any and everything!
BPM: How was The SistahFriend Book Club created? Give us your history.
The SistahFriend Book Club was founded by Tasha Martin in 2004 in Columbia, SC. It was decided a little over a year ago to branch out and form a virtual branch where I am the site leader. The SistahFriend Book Club is a live and online reading and networking group for women that focuses on reading and discussing books by or about African-Americans and promoting unity through women empowerment and fellowship.
BPM: Carmela, what do you love the most about reading? Who are your favorite authors?
Reading is relaxing. Reading is therapeutic. Reading is definitely fundamental. My favorite authors are Trice Hickman, Rickey Teems, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Victoria Christopher Murray, Kimberla Lawson Roby, Rhonda McKnight, Patricia Haley, and Brian W. Smith.
BPM: How does your group serve your community or the literary industry?
The virtual branch contributes to the literary industry by reading AA authors as well as we do a community service event. This year the virtual branch decided to help someone who is ill and has no income. We also will be purchasing a book to donate for a child for Christmas.
Carmela Hicks Gordon
SistahFriend Book Club Website: http://www.sistahfriend.com
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