B2S Book Club August Pick: Black Klansman

It’s our monthly B2S Book Club, where we discuss a recent film adaptation and the book it’s based on! The club is run with fellow blogger Tom Out.

The book/film pick for August will be Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth (2014, Police and Fire Publishing). We will meet at the Southbank Centre by the Central Bar on August 28th at 7pm.

For those not in London please feel free to discuss the book/film below and we will post a recording of the group to post!


In 1978 the community of Colorado Springs, Colorado experienced a growth of Ku Klux Klan (KKK) membership. One man dared to challenge their effort and thwart attempts to take over the city, Police Detective Ron Stallworth. He launched an undercover investigation into the Klan, gained membership into the organization, briefly served as Duke’s bodyguard, and was eventually asked to be the leader of the Colorado Springs chapter. The irony of this investigation was that Stallworth is… A Black man. In the process he battled internal departmental politics to successfully pull off this “sting.” Black Klansman explains how he overcame these obstacles and accomplished this almost unbelievable unique achievement.

It stars John David Washington as Detective Ron Stallworth, Adam Driver as his partner Flip Zimmerman. It also stars Laura Harrier, Alec Baldwin, and Topher Grace.

It was adapted Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmot, and Spike Lee. Spike Lee directed the film, a prolific director and producer known best for such films as She’s Gotta Have ItDo the Right ThingMalcolm XThe Original Kings of Comedy25th Hour, Inside Man and Chi-Raq. The film is produced by Sean McKittrick and Raymond Mansfield for QC Entertainment, Blum for Blumhouse, Peele for Monkeypaw, as well as Lee, and Shaun Redick. QC’s Edward H. Hamm Jr. will serve as executive produce.

We always encourage you to support your local independent bookseller in purchasing the book and independent cinemas in your viewing!

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Last month we discussed A Prayer Before Dawn by Billy Moore. We generally all found the book fascinating in Moore’s very factual dry retelling of the events that led him to be imprisoned in Thailand and the events following, but it struggles from his lack of structure. As well he emotional distance to the events. We were split between those who enjoyed the film and those who didn’t, which might have to do with half streaming it at home and those other viewing it in cinema.

Here is the audio for our discussion about the book and film.

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