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August Meetup

This month, we will be reading a classic book in queer literature, Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, first published in 1956.


"Giovanni's Room traces one man's struggle with his sexual identity. In a 1950s Paris swarming with expatriates and characterized by dangerous liaisons and hidden violence, an American finds himself confronting secret desires that jeopardize the conventional life he envisions for himself. After meeting and proposing to a young woman, he falls into a lengthy affair with an Italian bartender and is confounded and tortured as he oscillates between the two." "Now a classic of gay literature, Baldwin's haunting and controversial second novel is his most sustained treatment of sexuality. Examining the agonizing mystery of love and passion in an intensely imagined yet beautifully restrained narrative, Baldwin creates a moving and complex story of death and desire that is revelatory in its insight."--BOOK JACKET.

Please join us for some good discussion and social time. Refreshments will be available. (Please feel free to bring a snack or beverage. (I will supply at least one bottle of wine.)

There is never any pressure to have the book completed (or read at all) in order to attend. We would just love to have you, and it can be enjoyable to hear about the book and meet some cool people.

Remember that Books, Inc. provides book club members a 15% discount on the books we are reading for the meetup. Call ahead to make sure they have a copy available for you. They can also arrange to have books shipped to you.

Parking and transportation:

Parking can be challenging, but there are a number of options. There are the obvious street meters which are free at this time. In addition to these there are two outdoor lots and a parking garage in the vicinity, all of which are also free on Sundays. (Regularly $0.50/hr)

The Civic Center Parking Structure is next door to the Alameda Theatre and is located at 1416 Oak Street, between Central Avenue and Santa Clara Avenue. Lot A is accessible from Park Avenue between Central avenue and Santa Clara Avenue. Lot B is accessible from both Central Avenue and Alameda Avenue between Oak Street and Park Street.

The bookstore is also not too far from the Fruitvale BART Station on Oakland. It is an easy bus ride from there. Arrangements can also be made with the organizer and/or other members for rides to and from the BART. Just post requests and availability to the comments, or e-mail me through the web page links.

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  • Galen

    Going to be running late

    August 25, 2013

    • Gabriela D.

      Missed some regulars. Great to see some new faces. It was good to see you, Galen. Gald you made it.

      August 26, 2013

  • Ro

    Sadly school ate my time. But I enjoyed the book.

    August 25, 2013

  • Berlena G.

    I have to cancel my attendance tonight. See you next month!

    August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm reading it from Tampa so I feel part of the group still. :( I miss you all already!

    2 · August 20, 2013

    • Gabriela D.

      hi Dawn!! I really enjoyed the book. What descriptions! We missed you last meeting, too.

      August 20, 2013

  • Lori

    Looking forward to seeing you all again!

    August 19, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Ahh I COMPLETELY spaced the July meetup! But now the August date is on my calendar!

    July 30, 2013

  • K. H.

    This book touched my heart many years go. Can't wait to meet you all. Will be coming from SF and strolling around lovely Alameda first!

    July 25, 2013

  • Valerie K.

    Happy to be reading a classic that i have not read.

    July 3, 2013

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