What we're about

Meet kindred book lovers in a local Meetup Book Club! We'll choose a work of classic or great contemporary fiction each month and share the joys of good literature and good company.

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We typically meet on a Saturturday once a month at Gracious Bakery on Prytania St. at noon to discuss our MAIN SELECTION -- classic or superior contemporary novel. (So rarely anything published within 5 years. Plenty of other local book clubs for that. Still, you can suggest something. Fair enough?) We try to keep the reading to 300 pages or less.

Depending on the interest and availability of regular Members, we also meet in various locations around town -- public and private -- for the following discussions:

SHORT STORIES : we discuss in one sitting 2 pieces -- only the best of short stories -- available online and/or in one of the 2 following anthologies: "Fifty Great Short Stories", M. Crane, ed. and "The Art of the Short Story", by D. Gioia. (These have been our "textbooks", reference guides over the years.)

NOVELLAS : we discuss a classic work. A novella is typically 60 to 150 pages... though we sometimes err close to or past 200.

PLAYS : we discuss a classic play from the 19th or 20th century. 50 to 100 pages.

"OVER THE EDGE" NOVELS : in tandem with the Bizarre Book Club, also on meetup.com, we discuss a novel that is somewhat disturbing in its content. If there is a movie version, we might also meet for a private viewing.

SCIENCE FICTION : we discuss a classic work.

POETRY: short pieces

"THE SUN" MAGAZINE : we discuss the lastest issue -- upon approval, specific articles of older issues are also acceptable for discussion.

FRENCH NOVELS IN TRANSLATION : in tandem with the French Language meetup group, we discuss in English a classic novel.

Upcoming events (1)

Sat. Jan. 16 @12p: discussion of Italo Calvino's novel IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT...

Join us Saturday, January 16th from 12p to 1:45 for a discussion of the novel "IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT A TRAVELER" by Italo Calvino, 1979, in translation from the Italian. 260 easy pages, though it's not an easy piece -- a book about a book, about books? SYNOPSIS: Based on a witty analogy between the reader’s desire to finish the story and the lover’s desire to consummate his or her passion, IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER is the tale of two bemused readers whose attempts to reach the end of the same book—IF ON A WINTER’S NIGHT A TRAVELER, by Italo Calvino, of course—are constantly and comically frustrated. In between chasing missing chapters of the book, the hapless readers tangle with an international conspiracy, a rogue translator, an elusive novelist, a disintegrating publishing house, and several oppressive governments. The result is a literary labyrinth of storylines that interrupt one another—an Arabian Nights of the postmodern age. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Used copies of the book at bookfinder.com for around $5 after shipping. E-book: $3 on Kindle. Or use the 4 scans below: https://drive.google.com/file/d/187ZL3xpS5xJCQzpFFz1StQbsXXVsVNkA/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fgx-lLYfF4j_iMnZtQfYc4InhGtO4L-M/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z95lRZG4V9BcLiPpLWpLETPob2pe5qhh/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W5tob32GyjxzR-9B2Jr2xOU1ZORJgeCl/view?usp=sharing ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We meet outside the entrance to the Children's Museum in City Park (behind NOMA). We'll be up their handicap ramp on the spacious porch/breezeway. If it's too crowded, we'll move -- either across the street or across Little Lake -- but still meeting in the shade. Come and leave anytime. You bring your own folding chair. (I'll have a few spare ones.) We sit in a circle -- 7 feet apart. [Museum is closed but their Acorn Cafe' is usually open. Option to buy food, drinks, use bathroom. However, we stay away from that area.] On your way to meetup, if the 3 museum parkings are full, drive to overflow parking on Roosevelt Mall and walk across the bridge over Little Lake. (: You must RSVP before coming. No drop-ins. Change your RSVP to NO if you end up not coming. For all attendees, it is required that you have read the short book in its entirety. For more info, call/text/email Guy Henoumont at[masked] or at [masked].

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