Erudite Encounters is a community based intellectual safe space, meeting place, creative hub, and retail bookstore. It was founded and created by two sisters with a strong love for community and scholastics. Our goal is to increase the exposure of BIPOC authors and content from every genre. Our focus is to develop strong literacy skills and nurture the appreciation of various forms of literature for all age groups. Through our mobile bookshop we aim to directly increase the access of literature to communities that are located in book deserts and would otherwise have little or no access to books, and/or books that they can identify with.
We are 100% Black Women owned.
Literacy and empowerment programs are available through our sister company Erudite Nation. Click below to learn more.
YOUR HOME FOR BIPOC LITERARY
INSPIRATION, SCHOLASTICS, & EXCELLENCE
Reading is a method of inspiration and exploration. It opens our minds and deepens our passions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DOES BIPOC MEAN?
It stands for Black, Indigenous, People of Color.
BIPOC is an acronym used to acknowledge people of color (POC). The use of the term BIPOC prevents the inappropriate "grouping" of very different communities with very different origins, needs, and obstacles.
WHY A BIPOC BOOKSTORE?
There are about 600,000- 1,000,000 books published every year. It is very easy for members of marginalized communities to get lost in there. Increasing the exposure of BIPOC authors allows a wider population to partake in BIPOC literary excellence they may have otherwise missed. Reading diverse books help to widen our consciousness, perspectives, and relatability. It makes us better.
The New York Times published an article that articulated the need for BIPOC author exposure perfectly.
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ARE THE TERMS URBAN, MINORITY, LATINX, OR NATIVE OFFENSIVE?
These terms and many more have long been seen as controversial and problematic for many reasons. The best way to answer this question is to ask the person directly. Healthy conversation is key.
CAN I BUY BOOKS BY ANY AUTHOR FROM HERE?
Absolutely! We can special order any book your heart desires (within our access of course). We will generally have on hand, books, content, and other items authored or created by individuals of BIPOC communities.