A Brief History of The Bibliophiles


Founded in 1987 and incorporated in 1990, The Bibliophiles was born out of a mutual interest in sharing, promoting, and preserving the literature of the African Diaspora. Toni Morrison’s Beloved was the catalyst that drew the founding members, two commuting colleagues, together who yearned to share the pent-up emotions the book evoked. The group of two very quickly became ten as mutual friends were invited to join the newly organized Bibliophiles to discuss books of historical and literary significance to African-Americans.

To commemorate 30 years as a book club, The Bibliophiles held a retreat at the beautiful Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ in November 2017.  The day as all and more than any of us had hoped.

A special thank you to Executive Director Gary Garrido Schneider and Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Cassandra Jackson.  An especially wonderful treat was a tour of the solo exhibit by the artist Joyce Scott.  The spirit, memory, beauty, and perseverance conveyed in the Harriet Tubman and Beyond exhibit was particularly moving.  It was a special day.

We started a new tradition and selected a BIBS Best Read of the Year from our 2017 Reading List:  awarded to Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.  We highly recommend this compelling and inspiring book about the inequities in the U.S. justice system.

We wish you all good reading.