March 28, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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The purpose of this group is unique: we're looking at books the way we look at stories and chapters in the group - as writers. We'll examine classics new and old from the canon of speculative fiction and take them apart to see how they tick. Character, plot, pacing, structure, tone, language, length, subject matter - no aspect of writing will escape our scrutiny. You'll leave with new understanding, ready to apply it to your own work!
We'll send out the location to those who RSVP "Yes" closer to the date of the meeting. It's at a convenient location in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
We'll be reading and discussing Joanna Russ, The Female Man, published in 1975. The novel follows the lives of four women living in parallel worlds that differ in time and place. When they cross over to each other's worlds, their different views on gender roles startle each other's preexisting notions of womanhood. In the end, their encounters influence them to evaluate their lives and shape their ideas of what it means to be a woman. This should be an interesting corollary read after our first selection, "The Left Hand of Darkness."
In the following months, we'll be reading:
April – China Mieville, The City and the City
May – William Faulkner, Light in August
June - Patricia McKillip, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld