The Libation and Literature Book Club has been a very successful meet up with consistent meetups each month for nearly two years. The group caters towards the realization of the fine balance of socialization and substantive discussion. The core focus of the group is to expose members to a variety of authors both well-known, and not as well-known that share the common attribute of great writing, and meaningful story-telling. With that said, this is not a beach book group, and we will avoid the tendency of some groups to over intellectualize certain subject matter, which tends to come off as pseudo-intellectual and pedantic. Instead we will embrace the subject matter in the tradition of great authors like Orwell, Hemingway and Tom Wolfe have; the latent subject matter may be historical/political, but the beauty of the prose is never sacrificed to achieve these peripheral themes. Additionally, the books are pre-selected well in advance to avoid the trap of scurrying to find consensus of what to read the following month, which rarely pleases anyone.
My own background is that of a historian and a lawyer, which obviously influences some of my preferences, but above all else, I'm choosing books that contain a number of themes, and appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. That way discussing them from various viewpoints can reveal more nuance and will make the experience more engaging. Last, I'm fairly new to the area and want to create an environment conducive to meeting new and interesting people. If you would like to join, please email me to tell me about yourself and some of your favorite books. The group has been meeting in Fort Lauderdale, but starting in 2014 we will meet in Miami. Many of the members from the Fort Lauderdale group will track down to Miami because they feel a special kinship with the group. We look forward to meeting all our new members.