Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Last night, thanks gals, for the great discussion of Nancy Garden's Annie on My Mind. We were really glad to meet a new member, and see old ... just kidding, some members we haven't seen in awhile! Annie was a great book, with great fodder for discussion: the era it was written in, the controversy it saw in its time, and just general good literature talk! Thanks, Nancy Garden, for a sweet love story that had a happy ending (we frequently notice that a lot of lesbian fiction has terribly UNhappy endings).
Reading list excitement! Next month is from the wonderful Toronto writer, Farzana Doctor: Six Metres of Pavement. Farzana has kindly offered to chat with us via teleconference during our meeting - so please prep some questions for her!!! Farzana chatted with us when we read her first, Stealing Nasreen, and it was really wonderful.
July's title will be The Book of Salt from Monique Truong, a Vietnamese American writer. The Book of Salt tells the story of Binh, a Vietnamese cook, who, after spending years in Paris working for Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, must decide whether to travel with his employers to the United States, return to Vietnam, or remain in France. A few years back, we read The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, which was all about Stein and Toklas's lives in Paris during that time. I'm excited to hear this fictional extension from there!
August we'll read On Dangerous Ground by DL Line. There's a book club connection there somewhere. We'll talk about that more later.
And September we'll read the new anthology from Ivan Coyote and Zena Sharman: Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme. Maybe we'll discover some new writers in this one while we're at it.