BSFW - Book Discussion Group

  • 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

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  • Arielle

    That was a great discussion! Thank you!! I was so inspired after the meeting and was thinking how powerful books can be, and how important it is to discuss complex issues. Thank you again!

    March 29, 2013

  • Brad

    Wow. What an amazing discussion! From feminism to gender roles to literary tradition to character to Battlestar Galactica! Who knew? The talent in this group goes way beyond the writing. I'm endlessly surprised and pleased with this group!

    1 · March 28, 2013

  • Arielle

    This is an incredibly interesting article/analysis of the book:

    March 27, 2013

  • Bill B.

    Sorry. I haven't read that book. I"ll attend sometime in the future I hope. Looking to move to Park Slop in Brooklyn. Any ideas?

    March 27, 2013

  • Arielle

    If you need it, my phone number is[masked]

    March 27, 2013

  • Arielle

    The Female Man brings up so many questions, and I look forward to discussing those tomorrow. I have put together a couple questions to discuss tomorrow, and have pulled out certain sections from the book that specifically caught me. Please do the same--what sections/scenes of the book spoke to you? So looking forward to discussing this with all of you tomorrow!

    March 27, 2013

  • Arielle

    Bill, sure, I think that fits with spec fiction! :)

    March 27, 2013

  • Arielle

    Cam, sorry you can't come tomorrow. Have fun with your niece. :)

    March 27, 2013

  • Cameron

    Ah, babysitting! Niece-sitting actually.

    March 25, 2013

  • Bill B.

    I write Vonnegut style historical sci fi. Does that fit with speculative fiction?

    1 · March 24, 2013

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