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We welcome anyone interested in reading and talking about good, well-written books, spanning all genres, both fiction and non-fiction, but (most) always a little off the beaten path.

Upcoming events (2)

Death and the Penguin, by Andrey Kurkov

Manuel's Tavern

In addition to our meeting space at Manuel’s Tavern, we will be broadcasting the meeting over ZOOM. Please advise us if you are planning to connect online. The LINK is:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88626941436?pwd=ZEhPS2x4TUlrRFpXTTQyYUUvYjlIZz09
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“Cracking dark comedy/weirdness in which a jobbing writer and his pet penguin find themselves enmeshed in a plot that slowly but surely distorts our hero's moral centre. Wry, stoic, bleak, but very funny in the teeth of the darkness.” (Goodreads)
A masterful tale set in post-Soviet Kiev that's both darkly-funny and ominous...
In the widely hailed prequel to Penguin Lost, aspiring writer Viktor Zolotaryov leads a down-and-out life in poverty-and-violence-wracked Kiev—he’s out of work and his only friend is a penguin, Misha, that he rescued when the local zoo started getting rid of animals. Even more nerve-wracking: a local mobster has taken a shine to Misha and wants to keep borrowing him for events.
But Viktor thinks he’s finally caught a break when he lands a well-paying job at the Kiev newspaper writing “living obituaries” of local dignitaries—articles to be filed for use when the time comes.
The only thing is, it seems the time always comes as soon as Viktor writes the article. Slowly understanding that his own life may be in jeopardy, Viktor also realizes that the only thing that might be keeping him alive is his penguin.
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Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? By Raymond Carver

Manuel's Tavern

In retrospect, I have returned to our original Raymond Carver selection. After finishing it and reflecting on this unusual and noirish collection as a whole, I've decided that it will likely prompt more interesting discussions.
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This will be a HYBRID meeting. We will meet at Manuel's Tavern, but also broadcast over Zoom for those who prefer to join virtually.

ZOOM LINK: Tom Rector is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Territory Unread Zoom Meeting Jun 16,[masked]:00 PM EDT
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82247965628?pwd=azUrUUt1NTE2dUt2dGJUMExkSlQ0QT09
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Tentative Territory Unread 2022 meetings: JULY Wednesday, 7/20
AUGUST Thursday, 8/18; SEPTEMBER Thursday, 9/15
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With this, his first collection of stories, Raymond Carver breathed new life into the American short story. Carver shows us the humor and tragedy that dwell in the hearts of ordinary people; his stories are the classics of our time.

"[Carver's stories] can ... be counted among the masterpieces of American Literature." --The New York Times Book Review

"One of the great short story writers of our time--of any time." --The Philadelhpia Inquirer

"The whole collection is a knock out. Few wriers can match Raymond Carver's entiwining style and language." --The Dallas Morning News

Prime examples of the classic short story, these enduring literary treasures will be invaluable to students and teachers as well as to anyone who appreciates the finely turned tale.

Past events (133)

The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett

Manuel's Tavern

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