In the beginning....
The KC Girlfriends Book Club was established in 2002 by a young lady that is no longer involved in the book club. She wanted to come together with a group of her girlfriends to discuss books that they were reading on their own. They began meeting at a local coffee house called Teadrops in Kansas City, MO. In time, they became known as the Girlfriends Book Club.
Just the Two of Us....
In 2003 the book club dropped down to 2 members after the founding member moved on to fulfill other obligations. My name is TaNisha Webb, the president of the book club now known as the KC Girlfriends Book Club. I joined during this year. One original member still remains in the book club, Tiffany Lee.
The KC Girlfriends Book Club Transformation....
After a few months of eating at some of the best restaurants located at the Country Club Plaza, Tiffany and I decided that we wanted to add more members to the book club. We decided to make the book club available to whoever wanted to join and not just friends as most book clubs are comprised of. We decided to utilize a local African American events website, KC Soul.
Within 1 1/2 years the book club grew from 2 to close to 40 members. Our current membership now stands at 10 dedicated members.( 2014)
In early 2005, our name was unintentionally changed to KC Girlfriends Book Club by local author Michelle Buckley. She just kept on calling us the "KC Girlfriends Book Club." After a few times of her calling the book club by that name...and me correcting her...lol we liked the sound of it and kept it! During this time, Michelle had just released her first book, Bulletproof Soul. It was through Michelle's literary journey that prompt us to decide to help support more new authors as herself. We have since then hosted many book club meetings for new authors.
The KC Girlfriends Book Club is the proud recipient of the 2008 & 2010 National Book Club Conference Community Service Award and have been featured in numerous online articles, blogs and literary resource websites. We are honored to serve the literary community in the KC Metro and also to be an important contributor within the literary world. Our focus is to continue to support new and underexposed authors.
A Personal Welcome
Hello my name is TaNisha Webb, president of the KC Girlfriends Book Club.
Since 2002, I have been amazed how quickly that our book club has grown. The book club originally began with a group of friends wanting to spend time together to discuss all of the books that they had been reading on their own. You know how it is when you read a book and you tell a friend...and then they tell yet another friend about the book! This is generally how most book clubs begin.
As those original members moved on to other interests or just simply moved on, Tiffany and myself were really faced with not knowing if a book club could really exist with new members with the love of reading being the only commonality. I look back on that thought now and feel that it's only been a true blessing that the book club did evolve exactly so. Please be sure to visit our website often and see what we're up to! We love to meet other book clubs and do travel often as well.
Thanks again for visiting the KC Girlfriends Book Club website and we hope to meet you in person at some point!