Friday, July 31, 2015

A New Bookclub at Library

The Greenville Public Library is hosting a new bookclub led by by Melinda Guerra. Melinda explains, “Having intentionally avoided book clubs for the last decade, I winced when offered the opportunity to start one for the Library. I chafe at the reputation of book clubs: an absence of book discussion, a repetitive book list, an inability to stay on track, a lack of desire to engage with books that challenge personal opinions… the list could go on.

“I said yes anyway, deciding “a book club for non book club people” could draw together those who similarly avoid book clubs and want a low-commitment opportunity to spend time actively discussing a diverse book selection with other readers. With that in mind, I invite you to set aside your preconceived notions about book clubs (positive, negative, ambivalent, or indifferent) and consider participating in one we’re shaping to be intentionally different: Bookish.

“The first meeting for Bookish will be Monday, August 17th at 6pm, on the third floor of the Library. We’ll be discussing Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, a book that tells a story of loss and in doing so, explores relationships, gender, race, and the pressures that often shape interactions between parents and their children.

“To make the books accessible, the Library has - in addition to the copy in circulation - purchased five books for use by the first five Bookish participants who email me to reserve a copy. If you aren’t one of the first five, if you prefer audiobooks, or if you are a person who likes to mark up your copy as you read, the book is also available for purchase from nearby bookstores and online retailers.

Contact me at for more information, to reserve your book and/or space for the August meeting, or to get added to the update list for future Bookish meetings.”

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