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March Meetup

For this month, we will explore a literary format we have not attempted in the past: the graphic novel. Graphic novels have come a long way from simply being a collected, bound form of the comic book and are coming into their own as a literary format through which writers and artists tell stories. The book we will read is a+e 4EVER by Ilike Merey.

Asher Machnik is a teenage boy cursed with a beautiful androgynous face. Guys punch him, girls slag him and by high school he's developed an intense fear of being touched. Art remains his only escape from an otherwise emotionally empty life. Eulalie Mason is the lonely, tough-talking dyke from school who befriends Ash. The only one to see and accept all of his sides as a loner, a fellow artist and a best friend, she's starting to wonder if ash is ever going to see all of her.... a + e 4EVER is a graphic novel set in that ambiguous crossroads where love and friendship, boy and girl, straight and gay meet. It goes where few books have ventured, into genderqueer life, where affections aren't black and white.

Please join us for some good discussion and social time. Refreshments will be available. (Please feel free to bring a snack or beverage. I 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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  • Heather

    Sorry, I can't attend now. Bummer because I read the book and was ready to talk about it! Maybe next time. Have a fun evening!

    March 23, 2014

  • alan b

    Ack! - just got the notification of this today; thought we usually met at the end of the month, so i haven't been rushing to finish the novel.
    Unfortunately (for me; not for others<g>), i might have to be fairly late, as i have a rare opportunity for a queer community to get together in the East Bay earlier in the afternoon, so i'll be running from Berkeley, hoping to catch as much of your discussion as possible. -- This thing is so outside my reality (in sooo many ways) that, although i can't relate to most of it, i'm fascinated to see what others have to say about it, especially those for whom high school drama (yeah, pun intended<g>) is closer to their experience.

    March 22, 2014

    • Gary

      Yeah, my practice has been that we meet on the 4th Sunday of the month, so in cases like this one wherein there is a fifth Sunday, the meeting doesn't end up at the end. It'll be great to have you, for however much you're able to catch!

      March 22, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Sorry, have to work :(

    March 13, 2014

  • Gary

    Books, Inc has received copies for this book, FYI. Call ahead to make sure they're still there before you go.

    February 14, 2014

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