Why don’t we acknowledge what diversity we do have and collaboratively create campaigns to build on that?Native Austinite Charlotte Moore, a local writer who happens to be Black, started the book club in January. Her motivation was stirred by two things: a desire to read more books and a frustration with recurrent grievances about the city’s growing homogeneity. “So much has been written about Austin’s lack of diversity,” Moore said. “We know that people of color are leaving or, for various reasons, being forced out of the city. But, there is still diversity in Austin. While we try and figure out ways to compel people of color and varied ethnicities to remain in or move to Austin, why don’t we acknowledge what diversity we do have and collaboratively create campaigns to build on that?” Moore is reporting on diversity in Austin for an article in soulciti later this month. Currently, the club meets every two months. There are no fees or requirements for membership, save for a desire to read and a mind open and willing to contemplate differing opinions about the social issues Austinites face today. Click here for more information about diverseCity Book Club. Another upcoming event for Austin readers is the Austin African American Book Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary on Saturday, Jun. 25, at the Carver Museum & Library.