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Dames Who Read Book Club is Back!

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“Black Cake,” a New Novel by Charmaine Wilkerson is the Book for March

From Dame Judith Hines: I recently watched an author interview about this debut novel and found it quite interesting, so I ordered the book to see if it was “Dames-Book-Club-worthy.” It is! I then went on a hunt for the perfect place to hold our discussion, and Dame Toria Emas helped me find a family-owned restaurant whose motto is, “We believe people are better together. Our goal is to bring people together through food.”

“Black Cake” is written in a flash-back, flash-forward style, with lots of characters, and while that is not usually my favorite style, I loved the book.

Here’s a short description: “In present day California, Eleanor Bennett’s death leaves behind a puzzling inheritance for her two children: a recipe for a traditional Caribbean Black Cake, made from a family recipe with a long history. She also left a voice recording recounting that family’s story filled with revelations surprising, puzzling and challenging for her children and for the reader.”

So it’s a novel with a bit of mystery to unravel and plenty to discuss about family interactions, secrets and expectations. Join us at a new-ish, casual Noble Square Jamaican restaurant for dinner and bring your own impressions of the story. Yes, there will be a Black Cake to enjoy at our get-together, made from the recipe included in the book.


Date: Tuesday March 7th

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Location: Dr. Bird’s at 1215 N Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago

Cost: No cost to attend, but each participant will pay for her own food and drink at the restaurant. IMPORTANT: No cash; credit cards only. There is a variety of tropical drinks on the menu (to which rum can be added if you choose!) plus wine and sangria.

Parking: Street parking is limited; use public transit or ride-share if you can.

RSVP: Email judith@judithdunbarhines.com by March 3rd. If you must cancel, please let Judith know.


You can find the author interview here. WARNING: THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS INTERVIEW so read the book first before watching.


March 7
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Dr. Bird’s
1215 N Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL
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