Solange Knowles’ Saint Heron launches a library of rare books and works by Black Authors

Whitney Alese
ZORA
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2 min readOct 26, 2021

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Solange Knowles has been preserving, celebrating, and amplifying Black Culture in unique and powerful ways. Beyond her own music, her Saint Heron creative studio has preserved the legacy of Black creatives of the past while granting a platform to today’s pioneers through performance art, music compilation production, podcasts, and beyond since 2013. Saint Heron is furthering its preservation efforts by launching into the Free Library space with the Saint Heron Community Library.

Beyond a mere collection of books, the Saint Heron Library is unique in that it is “a growing media center dedicated to students, practicing artists and designers, musicians and general literature enthusiasts.” The library will feature a rotating collection of unique, signed, rare, or hard to find literary works by Black authors.

The Saint Heron Library’s first “season”, launched mid-October, features a collection of out-of-print works by Black authors, including but not limited to novels, poetry collections, history books, art anthologies, and zines curated by Rosa Duffy, the founder of Atlanta’s For Keeps Bookstore.

Some of the works currently available include a copy of Octavia Butler’s Clay’s Ark, Langston Hughes’ Shakespeare in Harlem, several poem collections by…

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Whitney Alese
ZORA
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Whitney Alese is an award winning writer & creator featured in WIRED Magazine, I-D Magazine, NBC, & Chalkboard Magazine.