Grapevine Literary Society

Grapevine Literary Society Book Club

History: The Grapevine Literary Society (GLS) was established on February 16, 2004 with four members. Founding members of the Book Club were: Alicia Latimer, Jackie Goodman (deceased, 2018), Viviane Patton, and Desrie Terrie.

Membership:  The Grapevine Literary Society is an informal membership organization, open to all men and women who are interested in discussing and expanding their knowledge of literature written primarily by African-American authors. Membership is obtained by attending one meeting.

  • Meeting Date: The forth Monday of each month.
  • Meeting Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
  • Meeting Locations: Meetings are held at various Tulsa locations. (For location details or to be added to the mailing list, please contact the AARC Coordinator): 

Governance: The governing committee is appointed by the AARC Coordinator.  The current president, Charmetrea L. Cobbs, is also chair of the Governing committee. The Governing Committee consists only of the founding members of the GLS, the current president of the GLS, and the AARC Coordinator. Because the GLS is a part of the Tulsa City-County Library system, the AARC Coordinator has final say regarding any disputes or questions pertaining to GLS's governance. 

Book Selection: Any member of the Grapevine Literary Society may submit a book for selection. Prior to their chosen month as host, the member will submit a list of three book titles, along with a brief synopsis of what the book is about.  The group members will each notify the book club president of the title of one of three books that they would prefer to read. The book club president will then notify the GLS membership of the title chosen.  The title, author and synopsis of the book must be available at the time of the selection. Discussion questions regarding the book’s content must be turned in to the  book club by the member hosting for the month, or the president of the book club may provide a list of questions to the members of GLS at the beginning of the monthly book club meeting. The discussion is led by the person who provided the list of three books for the monthly selection process.

  • Every person in attendance will be permitted to vote for only one book.
  • The Governing Committee reserves the right to veto any book selection.  The Governing Committee must approve all final book selections.
  • Every person in attendance will be permitted to vote on the rating of the book, as long as they have read the book in its entirety.
  • It is preferable that all book titles to be discussed come from the Tulsa City-County Library's collection, located at

If the African-American Resource Center is bringing in a visiting author, one of that author’s books may be selected for the meeting immediately before the scheduled appearance.


  1. I could not finish it
  2. Hardly worth the trouble
  3. Well written and enjoyable
  4. Would recommend it to others
  5. Superior. If possible, should be made into a movie

Please Respect the following rules:

  • Childcare is not provided
  • No profanity
  • Adults only discussion
  • Each member pays for their own meal