Please forgive my planning faux pas for the first meeting!!! I did not realize that Borders on St. Charles was closed for a parade on Saturday, Feb. 14. If you showed up for that meeting, as I did, I apologize! I hope this misstep won't dissuade anyone from coming to the next meeting -- which will be the first meeting -- on March 14. This time I promise I will double check the store in advance to be sure it is open that day!! Janet
Meet kindred book lovers in a local Meetup Book Club! We'll choose a work of classic or great contemporary fiction each month and share the joys of good literature and good company.
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We typically meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 11am at the Krewe du Brew coffee house on St. Charles to discuss our MAIN SELECTION -- classic or superior contemporary novel. (So rarely anything published within 5 years. Plenty of other local book clubs for that. Still, you can suggest something. Fair enough?) We try to keep the reading to 300 pages or less.
Depending on the interest and availability of regular Members, we also meet in various locations around town -- public and private -- for the following discussions:
SHORT STORIES : we discuss in one sitting 2 pieces -- only the best of short stories -- available online and/or in one of the 2 following anthologies: "Fifty Great Short Stories", M. Crane, ed. and "The Art of the Short Story", by D. Gioia. (These have been our "textbooks", reference guides over the years.)
NOVELLAS : we discuss a classic work. A novella is typically 60 to 150 pages... though we sometimes err close to or past 200.
PLAYS : we discuss a classic play from the 19th or 20th century. 50 to 100 pages.
"OVER THE EDGE" NOVELS : in tandem with the Bizarre Book Club, also on meetup.com, we discuss a novel that is somewhat disturbing in its content. If there is a movie version, we might also meet for a private viewing.
SCIENCE FICTION : we discuss a classic work.
"THE SUN" MAGAZINE : we discuss the lastest issue -- upon approval, specific articles of older issues are also acceptable for discussion.
FRENCH NOVELS IN TRANSLATION : in tandem with the French Language meetup group, we discuss in English a classic novel.