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Waiting to be admitted to the group? All of our events are posted on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/literarysocietysf), so follow us there in the meantime. We don't charge dues, so we need to keep membership under 50 in order to stay in Meetup's free tier.

The Literary Society of San Francisco has been meeting twice a month for six years in the Mission district of San Francisco. We've read over 120 works of fiction in that time. Italo Calvino, Anna Karenina, Flannery O'Connor, Denis Johnson, Otessa Moshfegh, White Teeth. We've read some Roald Dahl. We've read books by authors from Nigeria, Israel, Indonesia, Iceland, Turkey, and a bunch of other places. We've read How Should a Person Be, and we've pilloried the person who nominated it. Sometimes we read that new novel that everyone is talking about and sometimes we read The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick.

The only restrictions on the books we read:

1. Fiction only.

2. You have to convince the group to read it, so don't nominate bad books.

3. It has to be less than 300 pages, unless it's our December book.

We meet from 7-8PM on the first and third Monday of every month except December. In December we don't meet, so between the third Monday in November and the first Monday in January, we read a longer book than usual. Typically we discuss the book for 45 minutes and then talk about what we want to read next.

There are a lot of book clubs out there, and most of them like to read garbage. Don't waste your time with them. Join the Literary Society.

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Thérèse and Isabelle by Violette LeDuc

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As we enter Valentine's month let's fall in love. LeDuc's Therese and Isabelle explores the joy and tragedy of adolescent obsession, using her own background as a budding lesbian in Paris. The book was banned in 1966 for the explicit descriptions of homosexual intercourse, and, if you're like me, hearing a book was once banned makes me want to read it all the more. LeDuc was hailed as the best unknown French writer by Genet and de Beauvior, so we have a lot of reasons to give this work a shot! Check out The Guardian's review, here: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/feb/28/therese-isabelle-violette-leduc-review

Past events (152)

A Children's Bible by Lydia Millet

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