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May 2014 Book Club - 'Junky' and 'Slouching Towards Bethlehem''­

Hello Book lovers,

We selected our books for the May 2014 meeting.

"Slouching Towards Bethlehem" by Joan Didion
"Junky" by William S Burroughs

If you have time you can read both books, otherwise you can select the book you are most interested in.

The Around Fitzroy & Collingwood Book Club is very informal; there is no set meeting agenda. Over a coffee, beer or wine, we usually have a chat about what everyone thought of the books of the month and see if anyone has read anything else exciting or heard of any great literary events on in Melbourne. We meet at the Grace Darling Hotel, head to the left of the bar when you enter and we should be at one of the two long tables - look for the table with the pile of books on it, and that's us.

"Slouching Towards Bethlehem" by Joan Didion
Particularly the two essays 'Slouching Towards Bethlehem' and 'Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream'
The first non-fiction work by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era, Slouching Towards Bethlehem remains, forty years after its first publication, the essential portrait of America - particularly California -in the sixties.

"Junky" by William S Burroughs
Junk is not, like alcohol or a weed, a means to increased enjoyment of life. Junk is not a kick. It is a way of life. In his debut novel, Junky, Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the 1950s into a work that reads like a field report from the underworld of post-war America.

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  • Ashley

    Beautiful selection of two books that complimented each other well. Great choices by a great group!

    May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel! Unfortunately won't be able to leave work in time. Hopefully will be able to join next month!

    May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hate to cancel last minute, but I can no longer make it today - see you next time!

    May 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to cancel but I have to go to Sydney for work on the 18th and won't be back until June. I was looking forward to discussing Burroughs. Hope to catch up at the next one

    May 10, 2014

    • Earl

      No worries Mel, see you at the next one.

      May 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    First timer silly question:
    Why not start the meeting at 4pm when happy hour begins?

    April 30, 2014

    • Earl

      Hi sho, 2-4pm for our book club meeting works better for me as I'm often meeting people for dinner on Saturday night. I assume the time works well for other people too as no-one has complained about it. :)

      May 1, 2014

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