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 (4+)

June - Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

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(*** Meetings are always on the 2nd Sunday of the month)

This month we will read and discuss "Strange Grace" by Tessa Gratton.

Book Description:

"Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all? Find out in this lush, atmospheric fantasy novel that entwines love, lies, and sacrifice.

Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest.

Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.

Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town—and their hearts—inside out."

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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. and prefer not to go in person 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).

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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

July - All Boys Aren't Blue by George Matthew Johnson

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(*** Meetings are always on the 2nd Sunday of the month)

This month we will read and discuss "All Boys Aren't Blue" by George Matthew Johnson.

Book Description:

"In a series of personal essays, prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.

Both a primer for teens eager to be allies as well as a reassuring testimony for young queer men of color, All Boys Aren't Blue covers topics such as gender identity, toxic masculinity, brotherhood, family, structural marginalization, consent, and Black joy. Johnson's emotionally frank style of writing will appeal directly to young adults."

***

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. and prefer not to go in person 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

Aug. - Trans-Galactic Bike Ride, Lydia Rogue (Ed.)

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(*** Meetings are always on the 2nd Sunday of the month)

This month we will read and discuss "Trans-Galactic Bike Ride: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories of Transgender and Nonbinary Adventurers" Edited by Lydia Rogue.

Book Description:

"What would the future look like if we weren't so hung up on putting people into boxes and instead empowered each other to reach for the stars? Take a ride with us as we explore a future where trans and nonbinary people are the heroes.

In worlds where bicycle rides bring luck, a minotaur needs a bicycle, and werewolves stalk the post-apocalyptic landscape, nobody has time to question gender. Whatever your identity you'll enjoy these stories that are both thought-provoking and fun adventures.

Featuring brand-new stories from Hugo, Nebula, and Lambda Literary Award-winning author Charlie Jane Anders, Ava Kelly, Juliet Kemp, Rafi Kleiman, Tucker Lieberman, Nathan Alling Long, Ether Nepenthes, and Nebula-nominated M. Darusha Wehm. Also featuring debut stories from Diana Lane and Marcus Woodman."

***

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. and prefer not to go in person 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

Sept. - Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo

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(*** Meetings are always on the 2nd Sunday of the month)

This month we will read and discuss "Cereus Blooms at Night" by Shani Mootoo.

Book Description:

"Set on a fictional Caribbean island in the town of Paradise, Cereus Blooms at Night unveils the mystery surrounding Mala Ramchandin and the tempestuous history of her family. At the heart of this bold and seductive novel is an alleged crime committed many years before the story opens. Mala is the reclusive old woman suspected of murder who is delivered to the Paradise Alms House after a judge finds her unfit to stand trial. When she arrives at her new home, frail and mute, she is placed in the tender care of Tyler, a vivacious male nurse, who becomes her unlikely confidante and the storyteller of Mala's extraordinary life.In luminous, sensual prose, internationally acclaimed writer Shani Mootoo combines diverse storytelling traditions to explore identity, gender, and violence in a celebration of our capacity to love."

***

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. and prefer not to go in person 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

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