I need a book club in this city. My wife attends an awesome book club. They seem to usually read good and interesting books. I would join but for a) who'd watch the kids? and, more importantly, b) it's a no-penises book club. I have a penis. I understand why they have a non-penis book club; not salty about it. But I need somewhere to go.
So I'm starting a new book club. Who's with me? Monthly, drinks.
Here are the rules:
1) We meet on the last Thursday of every month at 9pm. Location will probably rotate. Or it will be at my crib. Will be announced on a facebook group or something.
2) Alternating each month fiction and non-fiction. Books voted on. I'm imagining that there will be a nice mix of genre, but that would be determined by the participants. After the first meeting, all books selected two meetings ahead of time.
3) All recent books (published in past 5 years). "Recent" can also include new translations of old books and annotated or updated editions.
4) Everybody's allowed.
5) BYOB, I imagine, though it might be fun to have some sort of rotating spirit-bringer. Host will provide a baked good.
Who's down? If you're down, vote on the first two books. Please select one fiction and one non-fiction book (fiction for the first month, non-fiction for the second). After this, I swear, I won't be picking the books to choose from. But I think this is a good list of books to get started. Bolaño, Sci-fi du jour that's been compared to Calvino, the Pen/Faulkner winning short story anthology by the long-term partner of Wallace Shawn ("inconceivable!"), unfinished DFW, a history of the vocoder, a comic about a guy's history with prostitutes, a history of the black migration north, a cooking memoir, a history of Wilhelm Reich and the orgasm, and an academic text about the rise of the Russian mafia. A lot to choose from. Word?
I already have a couple of people interested, so it will at least be three of us; I'm hoping we can pull a handful more.
First meeting: Thursday, July 28th at my house in the Highlands. (PM for directions)
Last edited by Robert
on Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:33 pm, edited 3 times in total.