Book clubs have been rising in popularity for years. It’s estimated that there are more than five million book club members in the U.S. alone, and 70 to 80 percent are all-female. McBride Sisters Collection, the largest Black-owned wine company in the United States, and Simon and Schuster, a global publishing leader that publishes 2,000 titles annually, are putting a new spin on the concept by offering some bold wines alongside a bold book.
Inspired by McBride Sisters Collection wines of the same name, this new club will invite book lovers and wine enthusiasts to enjoy two bottles of the brand’s most popular wines—Black Girl Magic Riesling and Merlot—while poring over one of Simon and Schuster’s most anticipated titles, such as the inaugural selection “The Final Revival of Opal and Nev” by Dawnie Walton. The first 50 Book Club members will receive the title ahead of its commercial release and all purchasers will be invited to an exclusive chat with the author and the founders of McBride Sisters Collection, Robin McBride and Andréa McBride John, in May to discuss their thoughts on the novel.
“The Final Revival of Opal and Nev,” the fictional oral history of an unlikely rock duo—unapologetically Black, avant-garde singer Opal and quirky British songwriter Nev—who shot to fame in 1970s New York, and the secret that lies at the peak of their stardom. The book has been hailed as “utterly fresh” by Oprah.com and “as musical and revolutionary in tone and structure as it is in content” by New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds. Author Dawnie Walton has won multiple fellowships and earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Previously she worked as an executive-level editor for magazine and multimedia brands including Essence, Entertainment Weekly, Getty Images, and LIFE.
Sienna Farris, Vice President of Multicultural Marketing at Simon and Schuster states, “We are excited to partner with McBride Sisters to employ new ways to find readers for our books. The Black Girl Magic Wine and Book Club is a fantastic opportunity to support Black-owned businesses and Black voices simultaneously.” Robin McBride, Founder and President of McBride Sisters Collection, adds, “We are always looking for new ways to elevate the wine experience for our customers. And curling up with a great book and a delicious glass of wine sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday.”
For $89, participants in the inaugural Black Girl Magic Wine and Book Club will receive:
- One bottle of McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic Riesling
- One bottle of McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic Merlot
- An advance hardcover first edition of “The Final Revival of Opal and Nev”
- Complimentary ground shipping
For more information, please visit https://www.mcbridesisters.com/Black-Girl-Magic-Wine-And-Book-Club
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