UPDATE We've got at least four books to be presented so far, and two of them are novels--one of those is mine. Since part of the idea of 'presenting' a book is to 'sell' it, I won't spoil the surprise by giving away the authors or titles. If anybody else has already read the book, then that will enliven the discussion we have after the mini-presentation.
At 20 minutes per book (see below), that is enough to make a meeting, though we could schedule a couple more without depriving anyone of time. (Or we could play a round or two of the game we made up last week:) Bear in mind that your job is mostly to get us--people interested in philosophy--to read the book, rather than to summarize it (which is likely impossible in most cases). In fact, I expect the 'spin' to be the important object of study in the discussions after the presentations.
As there appears to be room for non-presenters, you are invited to attend even if you haven't a book to present. The October 22 meeting is going to have a rather serious theme, so Show & Tell is for you if you prefer the lighter side of things.
Are you interested to hear what others have read in the areas related to philosophy? I am!
Would you be willing to talk for 5-10 minutes on what you read, and lead 10-15 minutes of discussion afterward? I would!
It doesn't have to be hard analytic philosophy or even written by a professor. It could be contemporary or classic. It might be science, it might be literature, as long as it would be of interest to philosophers. The crucial requirement is that you can tell us clearly about the "good bits". (That means don't submit a book you haven't read or that you didn't understand.)
October 8 is only the earliest possible date for this Intensive format meeting, as I don't know how long it will take to get enough offers to have a good "show and tell". It will be on a Tuesday, though.
Since the meeting is tentative, don't sign up unless you are willing to present a book. Say what the book is in your RSVP or a comment. I'm undecided whether to later invite those who only want to listen, but certainly there is no meeting without presenters!
I'm calling this a Study because it follows the format of three meetings we did at the beginning of the year, but with the big difference that everybody now is a presenter.