Our January Meetup is scheduled for Monday January 3rd at 7PM at Forbes Library. Our book is Wench, by Dolen Perkins-Valdez.
Tawawa House in many respects is like any other American resort before the Civil War. Situated in Ohio, this idyllic retreat is particularly nice in the summer when the Southern humidity is too much to bear. The main building, with its luxurious finishes, is loftier than the white cottages that flank it, but then again, the smaller structures are better positioned to catch any breeze that may come off the pond. And they provide more privacy, which best suits the needs of the Southern white men who vacation there every summer with their black, enslaved mistresses. It's their open secret. Lizzie, Reenie, and Sweet are regulars at Tawawa House. They have become friends over the years as they reunite and share developments in their own lives and on their respective plantations. They don't bother too much with questions of freedom, though the resort is situated in free territory--but when truth-telling Mawu comes to the resort and starts talking of running away, things change
The library has copies of the book at the circulation desk. Anyone with a valid library card can check books out from Forbes Library.
We are an easy-going group of people who want an excuse to get out of the house more, and talk about books, eat some food, drink some drinks, do some book swapping, etc. Our meetings take place on the first Monday of each month, at Forbes Library in Northampton. We meet downstairs, in the Community Room, at 7 pm. Our friendly librarians reserve the following month's book selection; just ask at the desk. The library lets us have snacks, so feel free to stop off at Haymarket or wherever. We always have cookies or brownies or something yummy!
Some months, we also have a social and/or book swap, on the 3rd Monday. Book choices are generally contemporary fiction, with the occasional non-fiction thrown in. All are welcome, please be respectful and queer/lgbt-friendly