Solange Knowles has announced the launch of Saint Heron Community Library, a platform created through her Saint Heron creative agency. Curated by Atlanta-based For Keeps bookstore owner Rosa Duffy and sponsored by beauty brand Aesop, the library features rare and out-of-print books, catalogs and essays authored by or highlighting the work over 50 Black authors and artists.
The concept of a library was recreated with a website designed by Angela Adesuwa and developer Celso White. The library will be updated every season with selections by new guest curators.
Press on the effort reads: “We believe our community is deserving of access to the stylistically expansive range of Black and Brown voices in poetry, visual art, critical thought and design. The library’s focus is education, knowledge production, creative inspiration and skill development through works by artists, designers, historians, and activists from around the world.”
Authors include Ntozake Shange, Adrian Piper, Cedric Dover, Lucille Clifton, Susan Krane, Benny Andrews, Ruth G. Waddy, Auther Huff Faucet, Rosa Bogar and many more.
Covers and a few pages from the current selection of publication are available to read online from October 18-29, 2021. Books may also be borrowed for free for a period of 45 days. Items lost or damaged while on loan will be charged to the borrower at the full replacement cost with credit card information on file, together with delivery charges where applicable.