What we're about

We are a book club dedicated to reading and learning about the writers of the twenties, thirties and forties. The main focus is on the Algonquin Round Table group - Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, etc. We also read from other writers of that era such as F Scott Fitzgerald. We meet the first Sunday of every month for happy hour at the Sorrento Hotel in Seattle. It's the closest thing to the Algonquin Hotel that the city has to offer. We also do field trips at times to attend plays written by authors from the group, see classic films or anything that may come up related to our subject material.

2017 saw an admin change...we are spring cleaning the members list and pending requests, to allow room for more members! Still limited to 50, so please join us and join in.

If you're interested in joining our group, we have a Facebook page that I post all information to as well.



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Annual Book Selection & Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe (2nd half)

It's time to choose the book list for 2022!

Because of ongoing pandemic dangers, we are NOT meeting for our usual brunch. To maintain clarity about that, we are meeting at our regular 4pm time, instead of something closer to brunch.

We have an on-going list of books. Everyone may bring new books to add to the list, with the following considerations:

1. The book is widely available - to borrow from the SPL/KCL, to buy second-hand or new, or to obtain digitally for e-readers.

2. The book is reasonably priced - free from the library or in the $10-$12 dollar range for paperback or used copies. Of course, everyone is free to spend more if you'd rather have a hardcover version or special edition, but we ask for financial consideration for all.

3. I suggest bringing a short summary of the books you want to read and why, to better help everyone in the decision process.

4. Everyone is allowed one book choice, no argument. Once those members get their books, the other months are filled with other books from the main club list by discussion and consensus.

5. Books to be considered:
- Books, plays, or collections written by any member of the Algonquin Round Table;
- Books, plays, or collections written by any of the Algonquin Round Table writers' friends, contemporaries, or influences;
- Books about the Algonquin writers - biographies, historical records, critiques - or their contemporaries.
- Books written in or around the 1920s, or at other times in those writers lives, but mainly connected somehow to the Algonquin writers.

After we select our books, we will finish our discussion of Look Homeward, Angel!

Thomas Wolfe began writing this semi-autobiographical novel in 1926. With the help of Scribner editor Max Perkins, it was first published in 1929.

Because this book is 545 pages, we will divide it over two months. Read what you can at your leisure. We will discuss the first half on this day, and the second half and complete work on February 6th, 2022.

This debut novel is the story of Eugene Gant. The novel briefly recounts Eugene's father's early life, but primarily covers the span of time from Eugene's birth in 1900 to his definitive departure from home at the age of 19. The setting is a fictionalization of his home town of Asheville, North Carolina, called Altamont, Catawba, in the novel.

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