June Meetup




After a fun Pride weekend, join us for a time of fellowship and discussion around a classic book by French author Jean Genet.


"Part-autobiography, part-fiction - ‘a Genet with a Genet stuffing, like the prunes of Tours’, as Sartre put it - The Thief’s Journa
l is an account of Genet’s impoverished travels across Europe in the 1930s.

"Encompassing vagrancy, petty theft, and prostitution, the book transforms such degradations into the gilded rites of an inverted moral code, with Genet its most devout adherent. Betrayal becomes worship; delinquency, heroism. The skeleton of the work is a series of gay encounters between the ‘hero’ and a succession of shady figures - the con artist, the pimp, the detective even - from the European demi-monde. Appropriating the language of the Church, Genet creates a homily to a trinity of his own making - homosexuality, theft and deception.
"First published in 1949, The Thief’s Journal is justly regarded as a masterpiece of existentialist prose, and is a milestone in the history of gay literature."

I don't think it will matter what translation you end up getting for this meetup, but Books, Inc will order it and have it available at the book club discount. If your French reading skills are up to par, then feel free to read it in the original language!

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.

Parking:
Parking can be challenging, but there are a number of options. There are the obvious street meters which are free by this time. In addition to these there are two outdoor lots and a parking garage in the vicinity, all of which are also free by this time.
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 ad Santa Clara Avenue. Lot B is accessible from both Central Avenue and Alameda Avenue between Oak Street and Park Street.

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  • Lucymarie R.

    What a lively, fun discussion we had.

    June 27, 2012

  • Gary

    Fun and kind of random. Just like the book we were discussing, we kind of went all over the place in a short amount of time. It was awesome to meet new folks. Books, Inc. is always happy about the positive energy that comes from our back corner when we meet.

    June 25, 2012

  • Lori

    Nice group of diverse and welcoming people. I look forward to our next Meetup!

    June 25, 2012

  • Jesse P.

    Such a good time! I can't believe how quickly time went by! Look forward to seeing you all in a month.

    June 25, 2012

  • Becca

    I had fun and I'll see y'all next month.

    June 25, 2012

  • Gary

    Great meetup tonight. A lot of new faces, which was awesome. Just like the book, we were all over the place.

    June 24, 2012

  • Gary

    If Sky doesn't, I can make sure someone is on the lookout.

    June 24, 2012

  • Becca

    Sky are you still up for meeting at the bus stop?

    June 24, 2012

  • Gary

    Emma, there is never the unrealistic expectation of everyone being able to finish or even begin reading the book for any meeting, so please join us. You may be inspired to read the book after the meetup, or not, but you are always welcome.

    June 19, 2012

  • Lori

    Emma - Doesn't matter that you haven't read the book. Just read a tad about the book or Genet so you can chime in! No worries.

    June 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to come, however I've been slammed with work and studying. Is it okay if I haven't read the book and just come to listen/for fellowship?

    June 19, 2012

  • Gary

    Thanks, Sky and Jessica.

    June 13, 2012

  • Jesse P.

    I will probably be there, too, so maybe we can walk over together or I'll meet you all there. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

    June 13, 2012

  • Becca

    Thanks much,

    June 12, 2012

  • Sky

    Becca, I can meet you at the bus stop.

    June 12, 2012

  • Becca

    Awesome! Thanks. I've never been in that area and I'm visually impaired. Once I'm off the bus, do I turn left or right? Would it be okay to meet someone at the busstop?

    June 12, 2012

  • Jesse P.

    Hey, Becca! I used to live in Alameda and I don't own a car. You can take the bus from Fruitvale and it's about 15 minutes or so. I think the 51A and the 20 both stop a block away on Park at Santa Clara.

    June 12, 2012

  • Becca

    Is it located near bart?

    June 12, 2012

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