Mayor's Book Club

Each quarter, residents are invited to participate in the Mayor’s Book Club. Join Mayor Lauren Poe as he hosts discussions of the selected book. Meet new people, have meaningful dialogue, get inspired and help put ideas into action at the Mayor’s Book Club.

Selected Book: Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
Date: Sunday, Feb. 5
Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: Meeting room A, Headquarters Branch of the Alachua Library District, 401 E. University Ave.

More info: Ibram X. Kendi is an assistant professor of African-American history at the University of Florida, and focuses on racist and antiracist movements and ideas. “My definition of a racist idea is a simple one: it is any concept that regards one racial group as inferior or superior to another racial group in any way,” writes Kendi. The book gives a timeline of racist ideas, from as early as the 15th century in Europe to the present time and the discussions and events that are occurring on the streets of America. "Stamped from the Beginning" is Kendi's second book, and recently won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. He is a frequent op-ed contributor, writing for Salon, Huffington Post, The Root, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and more.

Immediately following the book club, the library is hosting an author event with Kendi as part of their Author Series. For more information on the Author Series, visit the Alachua County Library District's website at