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Friday, January 4, 2008

Story Time / Book Club

Story Times continue to be wild and fun! Here's the January schedule:
  • Thursday, January 10, 10:00 a.m. - Folk/Fairy Tales
  • Wednesday, January 16, 3:o0 p.m. - Folk/Fairy Tales
  • Thursday, January 24, 10:00 a.m. - Tina's Favorites
  • Wednesday, January 30, 3:00 p.m. - Tina's Favorites

We're closing in on our discusson of Dara Horn's The World to Come. We'll meet on Thursday, January 10 at 5:30 p.m. here at the store. EVERYONE is welcome. If you can think of one discussion ahead of time that'd be great. I know I'll be re-reading the last two chapters of the book before we meet . . . what happens at the end will certainly help propel a spirited discussion! We'll also need to decide on our next read. Books in consideration include (all in paperback):
  • The Known World, by Edward P. Jones
  • The Autumn of the Patriarch, by Gariel Garcia Marquez
  • Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
  • Special Topics in Calamity Physics, by Marisha Pessl
  • Revolutionary Road, by Richard Yates
But we're also open to more suggestions! Shoot me an e-mail if you have a book in mind. We hope to see you on the 10th!


love_4books said...

What about GRUB by Elise Blackwell, for all of us aspiring writers and for all of us who just like a good book?

This is quoted from her publisher's website for a quick look at the book:
A long overdue retelling of New Grub Street—George Gissing’s classic satire of the Victorian literary marketplace—Grub chronicles the triumphs and humiliations of a group of young novelists living in and around New York City.

Eddie Renfros, on the brink of failure after his critically acclaimed first book, wants only to publish another novel and hang on to his beautiful wife, Amanda, who has her own literary ambitions and a bit of a roving eye. Among their circle are writers of every stripe—from the Machiavellian Jackson Miller to the ‘experimental writer’ Henry who lives in squalor while seeking the perfect sentence. Amid an assortment of scheming agents, editors, and hangers-on, each writer must negotiate the often competing demands of success and integrity, all while grappling with inner demons and the stabs of professional and personal jealousy. The question that nags at them is this: What is it to write a novel in the twenty-first century?

Pointedly funny and compassionate, Grub reveals what the publishing industry does to writers—and what writers do to themselves for the sake of art and to each other in the pursuit of celebrity.

Camalli Book Company said...

I'd be very open to GRUB, and have also read the great reviews for it--I also worked in publishing for 10 years so it's of great interest to me. My only hesitation is that it's in hardcover, and many people are looking for paperbacks because of the price point. We'll certainly talk about it as a possibility, and I'd of course offer a book club discount if it were chosen. THANKS!
- Tina