Offbeat Book Club

The Skin We’re In
by Desmond Cole:
A Year of Black Resistance and Power

Print | eBook

Additional “book club only” copies are available at the Adult Information Desk upon request.

The Offbeat Book Club will meet on Sunday, October 25 at 6 PM via zoom. We’ll discuss the book before tuning in to watch the author, Desmond Cole, live in conversation at STARFest.

To find out more about Offbeat or to register for this program, contact us by e-mail at or by phone at 780-418-6621.

“The sheer strength of this book arises from its insistent linking of policing, public education, migrant labour, impoverished neighbourhoods, and the fates of refugees. The Skin We’re In is about the interlocking forces besieging Black life in Canada… Desmond Cole is an urgent and essential voice from a generation that will be heard.”

~ David Chariandy, author of Brother

About Offbeat

*Due to COVID 19 current meetings take place online via Zoom.*

The Offbeat Book Club is a drop-in book discussion group for 20-40 somethings who want to read mostly new, sometimes bold, and always entertaining books. Basically, we read books you’ll want to read and not the ones you “should.”

Meetings take place five times a year at various restaurants* throughout St. Albert and are facilitated by library staff.

The books are chosen by club members ahead of time and are sometimes available from book club copies or as part of the regular library collection including eBook and eAudio formats.

Contact us by e-mail at or by phone at 780-418-6621.