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Michelle Obama pop-up shop is coming to the UK

POP-UP: gal-dem team up with Penguin Random house for a pop-up shop inspired by Michelle Obama

MICHELLE-MANIA is officially here, as the former First Lady prepares to release her debut book Becoming next week and will also appear at a highly-anticipated event at London's Southbank Centre. 

In conjunction with the book release, Penguin has today (Nov 5) announced a ground-breaking partnership with gal-dem, the online magazine, which will see a pop-up shop stocking entirely books by women and non-binary people of colour appear in a prime London shopping location for one week from November 23.

Following publication of Becoming, Penguin will partner with gal-dem and Waterstones Gower Street, to open a pop-up shop at 2, Bury Place, Bloomsbury in London.

Staffed by gal-dem, Waterstones and Penguin, the shop will host an exhibition of prints of some of the never-before-seen photos from Michelle Obama’s life featured in Becoming.

Viking will donate these prints to Brixton’s Black Cultural Archives at the end of the exhibition, leaving a lasting legacy to the UK’s leading repository of the history of the black experience.

The shop will also serve as the venue for a series of events, including evening events and parties and schools workshops during the day, featuring women of colour and non-binary people of colour authors, journalists, entrepreneurs and activists, and curated by gal-dem.

The line-up to date includes a panel discussion on black motherhood in light of Michelle Obama’s influence, Dialogue Books’ Sharmaine Lovegrove, who will host a book club event, Jinan Younis of gal-dem hosting a storytelling event, and schools workshops on mental health and confidence, hosted by Rianna Walcott, editor of The Colour of Madness.

Liv Little, Editor-in-chief of gal-dem said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Penguin for the launch of Michelle Obama’s book. She’s an icon and an inspiration for so many young people and we’re honoured to have the opportunity to celebrate her life and legacy.”

gal-dem is a magazine (online and in print) written and run by women and non-binary people of colour which launched in September 2015. Over the last three years, gal-dem has grown into a huge team of editors, illustrators and contributors and their content, collaborations and projects have caught attention from press and audiences across the UK.

Anouchka Burton of BCA commented: “Black Cultural Archives are thrilled to partner with Penguin Random House to celebrate the launch of Michelle Obama’s Becoming and spotlight the amazing talent and journeys made by Black women across the globe.”

The Black Cultural Archives was established in 1981 and has been situated in its iconic building in Brixton’s Windrush Square since 2014. It is the only national repository of black history and culture in the UK, and its unparalleled and growing archive collection offers insight into the history of people of African and Caribbean descent in Britain.

Becoming is published by Viking in hardback, ebook and audio (read by Michelle Obama) on November 13

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