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Penguin and gal-dem are launching a pop-up shop to celebrate Michelle Obama’s new book

Angela Hui

They say support your local girl gang when, in fact, we should be championing ethnically diverse narratives from all backgrounds. Help them thrive and flourish at Penguin and gal-dem’s radical new pop-up shop, which will stock books by women and non-binary people of colour only.

To celebrate the upcoming launch of Michelle Obama’s autobiography ‘Becoming’ and ahead of her visit to the UK, Penguin is joining forces with online magazine gal-dem from November 23-30 at 2 Bury Place.

Aside from books, there’ll be plenty of literary events, panel discussions, parties and workshops going on all week. You can expect a book club event with Dialogue Books publisher Sharmaine Lovegrove, storytelling with gal-dem’s Jinan Younis and school workshops on mental health and confidence, hosted by the editor of ‘The Colour of Madness’ Rianna Walcott.

You’ll also get a chance to see a one-off exhibition, which showcases never-before-seen photos from Michelle Obama’s life featured in her new book. What’s more, Penguin’s subsidiary Viking will donate these prints to Black Cultural Archives afterwards, which will leave a lasting legacy to the UK’s leading repository of the history of the black experience.

Find Penguin and gal-dem’s ‘Becoming’ pop-up shop at 10 Bury Place, Bloomsbury, Nov 23-28.

Can’t make it? No worries. Michelle Obama is crossing the pond for a very special evening to talk about her new book. Tickets go on sale soon.

Want to bury your head in more books? Then read all about London’s best bookshops.

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