What we're about

This is a meetup for LGBTQ and/or otherwise "queer"-identifying folks to get together and read books together, talk about them, and socialize. (But we won't discriminate against any straight allies that may want to participate!)

Starting in June we will no longer be meeting on the 4th Sunday of the month but the 2nd. The Meetup site should automatically send out reminders as the meeting days approach.

Books read in this meetup group will include multiple genres, and group participants will help decide what books will be read by suggesting titles to be added to the ongoing list that the Committee for Book Selection updates then groups together to be voted on by members. It is a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to books and genres that you may not otherwise read on your own (at least, that has been my experience with book clubs).

There is never any pressure to have the book for a given meeting fully read (or even cracked open to read). We know that life happens to take away time, and joining really close to a meeting date doesn't leave much room to finish a book either. Just join us for some good conversation and wine. Maybe you'll be inspired to read the book after the fact.

Did you say wine? Yes! I will supply at least one bottle of some type of wine at each meeting. Attendees are also encouraged to bring something to share--but, like having the book read--this is not a requirement. It just makes it more social.

Please feel free to offer suggestions for books to read by reaching out to one of the members of the Committee for Book Selection (Alan, Maria, Sky and Steve). We ask that books be either written by a LGBTQ+ author or focus on LGBTQ+ characters or themes. We are not overly philosophical, academic, or pretentious in our treatment of the books we read. But we aren't light and fluffy about things either. We are a diverse group, with different opinions; but that just makes for good discussion.

Oh, and any book that we read for the club will be available through Books, Inc., who provide a 15% discount when you buy it through them and tell them that you are reading it for the book club. They keep track of what we are reading, so they will be able to confirm this.

Upcoming events (3)

October - All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells

(*** Meetings are always on the 2nd Sunday of the month) This month we will read and discuss "All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1)" by Martha Wells. "In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn't a primary concern. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied 'droid—a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as "Murderbot." Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is. But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth." *** Please join us for some good discussion and social time. Due to the ongoing crisis we will be hosting this meeting virtually using Zoom. The night of the event you will be able to access the discussion using the provided link. Please be advised that the waiting room function will be on. We encourage all participants to experiment with the platform before the event, if you have any questions please contact one of the organizers in advance and we will do our best to assist you. There is never any pressure to have the book completed (or read at all) in order to participate. We would just love to have you, and it can be enjoyable to hear about the book and talk to some cool people. If you would like to continue to support Books, Inc. you may order your book through their website at https://www.booksinc.net (I don't know if it is still possible to receive the 15% book club discount if ordering online, sorry).

November - A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan Book 1) by Arkady Martine

(*** Meetings are always on the 2nd Sunday of the month) This month we will read and discuss "A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan Book 1)" by Arkady Martine. "Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court. Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan's unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation." *** Please join us for some good discussion and social time. Due to the ongoing crisis we will be hosting this meeting virtually using Zoom. The night of the event you will be able to access the discussion using the provided link. Please be advised that the waiting room function will be on. We encourage all participants to experiment with the platform before the event, if you have any questions please contact one of the organizers in advance and we will do our best to assist you. There is never any pressure to have the book completed (or read at all) in order to participate. We would just love to have you, and it can be enjoyable to hear about the book and talk to some cool people. If you would like to continue to support Books, Inc. you may order your book through their website at https://www.booksinc.net (I don't know if it is still possible to receive the 15% book club discount if ordering online, sorry).

November - Cleanness by Garth Greenwell

Online event

(*** Meetings are always on the 2nd Sunday of the month) This month we will read and discuss "Cleanness" by Garth Greenwell. "In the highly anticipated follow-up to his beloved debut, What Belongs to You, Garth Greenwell deepens his exploration of foreignness, obligation, and desire Sofia, Bulgaria, a landlocked city in southern Europe, stirs with hope and impending upheaval. Soviet buildings crumble, wind scatters sand from the far south, and political protesters flood the streets with song. In this atmosphere of disquiet, an American teacher navigates a life transformed by the discovery and loss of love. As he prepares to leave the place he’s come to call home, he grapples with the intimate encounters that have marked his years abroad, each bearing uncanny reminders of his past. A queer student’s confession recalls his own first love, a stranger’s seduction devolves into paternal sadism, and a romance with another foreigner opens, and heals, old wounds. Each echo reveals startling insights about what it means to seek connection: with those we love, with the places we inhabit, and with our own fugitive selves." *** Please join us for some good discussion and social time. Due to the ongoing crisis we will be hosting this meeting virtually using Zoom. The night of the event you will be able to access the discussion using the provided link. Please be advised that the waiting room function will be on. We encourage all participants to experiment with the platform before the event, if you have any questions please contact one of the organizers in advance and we will do our best to assist you. There is never any pressure to have the book completed (or read at all) in order to participate. We would just love to have you, and it can be enjoyable to hear about the book and talk to some cool people. If you would like to continue to support Books, Inc. you may order your book through their website at https://www.booksinc.net (I don't know if it is still possible to receive the 15% book club discount if ordering online, sorry). *** Book Selection: At this meeting we will be discussing and voting upon a book for a future meeting. Please spend some time beforehand thinking of any books that might be appropriate for the group to read. The only criteria is that any book recommended should be written by a queer individual and/or contain queer subject matter. However, it is highly encouraged that books offered for consideration be representative of diverse perspectives and communities. Before making a suggestion, please take a moment to check the list of books previously read by this group to make sure your selection can be considered: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aN4BaPn1buIHZ1lryih4lMduPt4ShEIdaQLCyea3okQ/edit?usp=sharing

Past events (112)

September - Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby

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