Simply put, Call Number is the library-inspired quarterly book subscription box that celebrates Black literature and authors. The meshing of two great loves, Black literature and libraries, Call Number began out of a desire to share the books that I love while recognizing the difficulties of finding literature by Black authors in an industry that often neglects literature by writers of color. The disheartening lack of diverse books available to readers is partially what drove me to create Call Number, so that I might play a role in promoting diversity through the literary works of authors of the African Diaspora. But I mostly just wanted to make it convenient for book lovers to access quality reads by Black authors.
As a former librarian who has overseen a special library with a comprehensive collection of items pertaining to the African Diaspora, my daily work involved selecting quality literature for my library. I apply that same discernment to selecting books for Call Number so that our readers only receive books from great writers. And my love of libraries is infused in Call Number in hopes of raising awareness about libraries while promoting Black literature. Most importantly, I'm so excited about bringing literature to you that I know you will enjoy!
Jamillah (founder, curator, librarian, and book lover)