Book Clubs

INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
With Sarah McNally

Monday, March 2nd at 7pm.

"Malaparte enlarged the art of fiction in more perverse, inventive and darkly liberating ways than one would imagine possible, long before novelists like Philip Roth, Robert Coover, and E. L. Doctorow began using their own and other people’s histories as Play-Doh."

- Gary Indiana

"A scrupulous reporter? Probably not. One of the most remarkable writers of the 20th century? Certainly."

- Ian Buruma


ESSAYS
With Matt Pieknik
Wednesday, March 4th at 7pm.

"On Being Blue — for its musicality and penchant for description — begs to be read aloud, the way monks might take to their text by a fire. Words are candy, sweet treats to be shared and heard by all living beings. Big words, not so big words, the sound they make, their rhythm, the way they flow from willing lips and give life, like Genesis. There are also balls and cheeks. Nipples, too. With Gass, it isn't long before the dirty words get the treatment: cocks and socksuckers, ficking and facking. It's all there, for our amusement; pondered with casual and beaming wit, clarity of thought."

- Juan Vidal for NPR Books.


POETRY
With Carly Dashiell

Thursday, March 12th at 7pm.

"For Dana Ward, narrative is no linear journey, but a state of being, where meaning zooms into clarity then retreats, wave upon wave of it, like God bits bursting into life from the vast emptiness of space.... I love how thick this writing is, sublimely claustrophobic yet expansive, like a child's nightmare of scale."

- Dodie Bellamy


SMALL BUSINESS
With Henry Bell
Tuesday, March 10th at 7pm.

"Influence: Science and Practice is an examination of the psychology of compliance (i.e. uncovering which factors cause a person to say "yes" to another's request). Written in a narrative style combined with scholarly research, Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he gathered while working as a salesperson, fundraiser, advertiser, and in other positions inside organizations that commonly use compliance tactics to get us to say "yes." Widely used in classes, as well as sold to people operating successfully in the business world, the eagerly awaited revision of "Influence" reminds the reader of the power of persuasion. Cialdini organizes compliance techniques into six categories based on psychological principles that direct human behavior: reciprocation, consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity."


G.R.O.S.S.
(Get Rid Of Slimy egoS)

With Anna Chen and Michael Fentin

Thursday, November 20th at 8pm.

"Milford has a talent that few authors can boast; She breaks unspoken rules. Rules that have been dutifully followed by children’s authors for years on end. And in breaking them, she creates stronger books."

- Elizabeth Bird for School Library Journal on Kate Milford's Greenglass House

 

SPANISH BOOKCLUB

With Javier Molea

Saturday, March 7th,
at 6pm.

 

 


Julio Valdivieso, intelectual mexicano emigrado a Europa, profesor en la Universidad de Nanterre, vuelve a su país después de una larga ausencia. El PRI ha perdido al fin las elecciones y se inicia un peculiar período de transición. Pero esta vuelta a un presente muy distinto del que dejara cuando se fue, se convertirá en una oportunidad de descifrar su pasado, el de su familia, el de su país, en una novela que despliega su trama como un inquietante mecanismo de precisión. Y en ese retorno extático y terrible se suceden los reencuentros que lo llevan a las claves de un amor perdido, a un episodio de la guerra cristera del que depende su propio nombre, a la leyenda viva del poeta Ramón López Velarde, el primer poeta moderno de México... Una irónica revisión de los mitos y de la condición mediática del mundo contemporáneo y una exultante reinvindicación de la poesía como sustrato perdurable en el caos de la historia. Una de las novelas más ambiciosas y logradas de la literatura mexicana y latinoamericana contemporánea, que sitúa a su autor en la primerísima fila de escritores de su generación.