Happy Birthday, Mr. Baldwin: Giovanni's Room

Saturday, August 3, 2024 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Our dear elder brother, James Baldwin, was born 2 August 1924. In this year of 2024, during the month of August, we celebrate and honor James Baldwin in what would be his centennial birthday. Happy Birthday, Mr. Baldwin! 

To honor Mr. Baldwin, we thoughtfully and creatively set out to celebrate the many aspects of his life by highlighting who he was as a proud gay Black man, an activist, a mentor, and, of course, as a writer. We hope you'll celebrate with us at one or all of the events that we have planned for the month of August.

  • Saturday, Aug 3 at 6pm: book reading and discussion regarding Giovanni’s Room celebrating James as a gay Black man

About Giovanni's Room:


Giovanni's Room is set in the Paris of the 1950s, where a young American expatriate finds himself caught between his repressed desires and conventional morality. David has just proposed marriage to his American girlfriend, but while she is away on a trip he becomes involved in a doomed affair with a bartender named Giovanni. With sharp, probing insight, James Baldwin's classic narrative delves into the mystery of love and tells a deeply moving story that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.


Other events celebrating James:

  • Friday, August 9 at 6pm: highlighting James's activism and influence on the civil rights movement, come out for a Paint & Sip led by artist Sharon Smalls and enjoy to the music of Nina Simone, who thanks to James, helped to create the soundtrack of civil rights movement. This event is a paid event - $40.00 plus Eventbrite fees (or purchase your ticket in-store)

  • Saturday, August 17 at 6pm: movie night:  I Am Not Your Negro

  • Saturday, Aug 31 at 6pm: book discussion facilitated by Rev Ina Anderson: Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own


Books are available in-store and online for purchase.

You can reserve your seat/purchase your ticket on Eventbrite.

Event address: 
1001 Main Street
Suite 8
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Giovanni's Room (Deluxe Edition): A Novel (Vintage International) By James Baldwin, Kevin Young (Introduction by) Cover Image
By James Baldwin, Kevin Young (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780593688960
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - June 18th, 2024