Come, my friends, 

'T is not too late to seek a newer world. 

….that which we are, we are; 

One equal temper of heroic hearts, 

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will 

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

-Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)


The Baldwin100-Reads initiative is a common book list that allows readers to connect with texts and then have a shared conversational experience. By coordinating across the DC-MD-VA region, our DMV region reads with the world. This includes suggestions for college teachers, book clubs, libraries, cities, and literary and rights organizations.


GMU Students & Staff connect to GMU Library Resources here.*


Spring Semester 2024

Baldwin100-Reads Non-Fiction Jan-Feb 2024

“Nothing Personal,” (1964) by James Baldwin, photographs by Richard Avedon – a year-round read for anyone who wants just a little bit of Baldwin reflecting on dignity, love, loneliness, from the streets of New York to the streets of Paris and the world. Baldwin and Avedon went to high school together. 

o        Where to find it: A pocketbook version was re-issued in 2021. “Nothing Personal,” (published by Beacon Books) by  James Baldwin  (Author), Eddie S. Glaude Jr.  (Afterword), Imani Perry  (Foreword) – many libraries carry it.

o        Original book: with Richard Avedon photographs is hard to find so look at it via this YouTube video 


Baldwin100-Reads Fiction Jan-Feb-Mar 2024

“Giovanni's Room,” (1956) by James Baldwin. 


Baldwin100-Reads Non-Fiction for the Lecture, April-May 2024

“A Dialogue,” (1971) by James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni (Baldwin100-Reads April May 2024) – the transcript of a recorded conversation between the authors in London was made into a book. The conversation is available in two parts: Part 1, here; and Part 2, here.

This is a great pre-watch for the Cheuse Center’s Busboys and Poets Lecture, April 18th, 2024, at 6:30pm.

“James Baldwin: A Biography,” (1994) by David Leeming. David Leeming was Baldwin’s friend, and personal assistant prior to his successful career as a teacher and scholar. The New York Times Book Review calls this book, “The most revealing and subjectively penetrating assessment of Baldwin’s life yet published.”

This is a great read for the Baldwin100 Symposium, with a presentation, “Looking for Jimmy,” by David Leeming, April 17th, 2024.

Summer 2024

Baldwin100-Reads Summer, June-Aug 2024

“The Fire Next Time” (1963- non-fiction) by James Baldwin

 “Another Country” (1962-fiction) by James Baldwin 


Fall 2024 Semester

Baldwin100-Reads a play Sept, 2024

Blues for Mister Charlie (1964-drama) by James Baldwin


Baldwin100-Reads non-fiction Oct-Nov, 2024

“Go tell it on the Mountain” (1953) by James Baldwin 

“Giovanni’s Room” (repeated for scheduling in classes)


Spring 2025 Semester

Baldwin100-Reads fiction Dec-Feb, 2025

“If Beale Street Could Talk” (1974) by James Baldwin


GMU Students & Staff connect to GMU Library Resources here.*

*Thanks to Kaitlyn Kinney in the Libraries. 

This book list was constructed to simplify the huge volume of work from Baldwin into a realistic reading list that could be completed within a year; or dipped into. Special thanks to Prof. Keith Clark.