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Meet other fans of Lesbian Literature here in Seattle. Chat about books while meeting fellow queer ladies who like to read and socialize. You can jump in and join anytime!

Meeting Structure: The meetings are structured to discuss the books and get to know each other. We start with introductions, something we thought about the book (longer than a paragraph, shorter than a page), then we launch into discussion. We discuss the book and the issues discussed in the book for about an hour and a half. Then we end with our names again, last thoughts on the book and any activities/events/announcements people want to share with the group.

You are welcome to attend the meeting if you haven't read the book or haven't finished the book, especially if you're trying to determine if it's the right fit for you. We have on average about 20 women at every book club, often more, sometimes less.

Where we Meet: We meet at Gay City Health in the Calamus Auditorium, 517 East Pike Street. Enter through Gay City's doors, right next to Kaludi Coffee and walk past the library to the doors at end of the path. We occasionally remember to put the book on the door a print out of the cover of the book so you'll know you're in the right place.

After book club: Many of us head over to Elliott Bay Book Store where we pick up the next month's book. We're an official book club with Elliott Bay, so they have enough books in stock for our group and we get a 20% discount. To get the book, simply go to the front counterand tell them you are there to get the Seattle Lesbian Literature Book Club Book. It's often helpful to know the title of the book. (They usually stock our books one or two months in advance.)

After Elliott Bay: Many of us go out for dinner after we pick up the next month's book. Sometimes during the summer it's just ice cream. We decide together where we go for dinner on the spur of the moment.

Occasional changes to meeting space: In the summer, we often head over to Cal Anderson Park and will discuss the book in the sun. Because Seattle weather is unpredictable, we try to post something a day before about the change in meeting space. We also put a note where we had previously said we would meet and one of the organizers typically meets people at the original meeting space and walks over while the other organizer starts the meeting. Other times of the year, we occasionally have a scheduling conflict with the other events that Gay City puts on and we typically meet upstairs at Lobby Bar when this happens.

Parking Advice: Seattle Central Community College has a lot on Pine and Harvard that is $5 all day and evening, so it's cheaper than filling a parking meter.

Picking Books: Julie is always on the lookout for for books that might be good. If you have any suggestions, please email them to her. If we haven't read them, and Elliot Bay can order them for us, they'll go on the next poll. She puts up a poll of four books a few months in advance of a meeting, so members can vote on what we read. An email goes out with descriptions of all the options and the link to vote. If it's a tie between two, we may read them on subsequent months. If there's a strong second place choice, it will probably re-appear on the next poll.

Upcoming events (2)

Film Festival - SaturGay Morning Cartoons

Cupcake Royale

It's time for our annual non-book discussion event -- a movie at the Queer Film Festival. This year, let's check out some queer animated shorts. SaturGay Morning Cartoons starts at noon at Northwest Film Forum. Cereal is included. We'll get coffee at Cupcake Royale and then walk over together around 11:30ish. Those of us with festival passes can go in first and save seats. https://threedollarbillcinema.org/sqff24/films/saturgay-morning-cartoons It's always advisable to book tickets in advance, though I doubt this film will sell out. For those who don't know, the 24th annual Queer Film Festival runs from Thursday, October 10 to Sunday, October 20th. The full line-up is https://threedollarbillcinema.org/sqff24/filmguide

November Book Club - "All We Know: Three Lives"

Gay City Health Project

We'll be discussing "All We Know: Three Lives" by Lisa Cohen All We Know is one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Best Books of 2012 A revelatory biography of three glamorous, complex modern women Esther Murphy was a brilliant New York intellectual who dazzled friends and strangers with an unstoppable flow of conversation. But she never finished the books she was contracted to write―a painful failure, and yet a kind of achievement. The quintessential fan, Mercedes de Acosta had intimate friendships with the legendary actresses and dancers of the twentieth century. Her ephemeral legacy is the thousands of objects she collected to preserve the memory of those performers and to document her own feelings. An icon of haute couture and an editor of British Vogue, Madge Garland held influential views on fashion that drew on her feminism, her ideas about modernity, and her love of women. Existing both vividly and invisibly at the center of culture, she―like Murphy and de Acosta―is now almost completely forgotten. In All We Know, Lisa Cohen describes these women's glamorous choices, complicated failures, and controversial personal lives with lyricism and empathy. At once a series of intimate portraits and a startling investigation into style, celebrity, sexuality, and the genre of biography itself, All We Know explores a hidden history of modernism and pays tribute to three compelling lives.

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October Book Club - "An Unkindness of Ghosts"

Gay City Health Project

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