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May Meetup - We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?
UPDATE: The author Achy Obejas has agreed to attend! We will have time to discuss the book from 6pm-7pm and she will join us for the last half from 7pm-8pm for a Q&A. I have contacted Books Inc. to see if it will be possible to have her newest work "The Tower of Antilles" also available in the store that night. As in the past you are welcome to attend the entire evening or join us later if you are most interested in hearing from the author herself. (*** Please note that this will be the last month where meetings will be held on the 4th Sunday of the month, beginning in June we will begin meeting on the 2nd Sunday of the month) This month we will read and discuss We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? by Achy Obejas. "We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This? is a collection of six short stories that illustrate the lives of many Latinxs in the gay and lesbian community. Author Achy Obejas digs into the minds of marginalized people to give them their own voice. Their voices are comprised of personal memories, other people’s lives, and some fiction. Obejas provides an important narration for those who rarely get the chance to write, or even get the chance to speak, due to society’s harsh labels." "Achy Obejas’ beautiful prose is stunning, creating a complex community of gay and lesbian Latinxs from Sante Fe, to Chicago, to Miami. Obejas writes in a universal perspective; there will be another young man or woman in pain who will find a way to destroy themselves with sheer recklessness. Someone will break their heart and continue the cycle, without a doubt. Obejas gives dignity to those who are marginalized and often voiceless, forgotten, and dehumanized. Obejas questions our humanity; why is a man, who is dying, stuck with a dehumanizing jerk like Rogelio?" "Obejas’ stories show us the bitter realization of growing up, the moment when children realize where they are from, how they got there, and why people do not want them there. Her stories are beautiful because they are not often heard. But her stories are ugly for the same reason, and because they are not often heard, they are reproduced." *** Please join us for some good discussion and social time. Refreshments will be available. (Please feel free to bring a snack or beverage. The Leadership Group will supply at least one bottle of wine.) There is never any pressure to have the book completed (or read at all) in order to attend. We would just love to have you, and it can be enjoyable to hear about the book and meet some cool people. Remember that Books, Inc. provides book club members a 15% discount on the books we are reading for the meetup. Call ahead to make sure they have a copy available for you. They can also arrange to have books shipped to you. Parking and transportation: Parking can be challenging, but there are a number of options. There are the obvious street meters which are free at this time. In addition to these there are two outdoor lots and a parking garage in the vicinity, all of which are also free on Sundays. (Regularly $0.50/hr) The Civic Center Parking Structure is next door to the Alameda Theatre and is located at 1416 Oak Street, between Central Avenue and Santa Clara Avenue. Lot A is accessible from Park Avenue between Central avenue and Santa Clara Avenue. Lot B is accessible from both Central Avenue and Alameda Avenue between Oak Street and Park Street. The bookstore is also not too far from the Fruitvale BART Station on Oakland. It is an easy bus ride from there. Arrangements can also be made with the organizer and/or other members for rides to and from the BART. Just post requests and availability to the comments, or e-mail me through the web page links.

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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.

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