Book Club with Rose Cafe / Saturday 12.9 @ 5:00pm


Join us for an evening of conversation and community in partnership with Rose Cafe! Meet readers from across the city and form connections across differences. The book we'll be discussing is You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi. 

A Good Morning America Buzz Pick, a Best Romance of 2022 by The New York Times and The Washington Post, and a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Oprah Daily, Vulture, Harper’s Bazaar, Thrillist, Essence, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, Marie Claire, Parade, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Refinery29, Business Insider, The Guardian, Financial Times, PopSugar, Book Riot, LitHub, Bookish, LGBTQ Reads, and more!

Feyi Adekola wants to learn how to be alive again.

It’s been five years since the accident that killed the love of her life and she’s almost a new person now—an artist with her own studio and sharing a brownstone apartment with her ride-or-die best friend, Joy, who insists it’s time for Feyi to ease back into the dating scene. Feyi isn’t ready for anything serious, but a steamy encounter at a rooftop party cascades into a whirlwind summer she could have never imagined: a luxury trip to a tropical island, decadent meals in the glamorous home of a celebrity chef, and a major curator who wants to launch her art career.

She’s even started dating the perfect guy, but their new relationship might be sabotaged before it has a chance by the overwhelming desire Feyi feels every time she locks eyes with the one person in the house who is most definitely off-limits—his father.

This new life she asked for just got a lot more complicated, and Feyi must begin her search for real answers. Who is she ready to become? Can she release her past and honor her grief while still embracing her future? And, of course, there’s the biggest question of all—how far is she willing to go for a second chance at love? Akwaeke Emezi’s vivid and passionate writing takes us deep into a world of possibility and healing, and the constant bravery of choosing love against all odds.

Rose Café is a bookstore in the Roseland neighborhood on the far South Side of Chicago. They believe access to literacy will provide pathways to opportunities and reduce community based violence. Their mission is to increase book ownership and cultivate a safe community space to read, work, and exchange ideas.

100% of ticket sales will go towards Rose Cafe’s book donation program: an effort to dismantle the book desert in the Roseland neighborhood. 

Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in with our staff + choose your table (first come, first serve!). Book club will begin promptly at its scheduled time. 

Our space is located at 847 W. Randolph St. Parking in the West Loop can be difficult - we recommend public transportation (near the Morgan Green Line) or ridesharing. When using Uber or another rideshare app: please double-check that the address is correct - 847 W Randolph! 

We cannot offer refunds for event purchases. See you soon!

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