Bookspace will provide the books at a discount, usually between $10-15 each--or you can acquire the books on your own. The clubs can decide for themselves how quickly or slowly to read, but a book per month (depending on length) seems to be a good pace, meeting once every two weeks. If you live in the Columbus area and are interested in joining any of the following book clubs or have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
-Men's Feminist Book Club: It's a wonderful, non-judgmental space where a great group of people who identify as men can openly learn about the construction of gender and empathize with the female experience via a never-ending list of novels by fantastic (usually women) authors. Through the texts we also discuss race and class, what it means to be a feminist man within patriarchy, and whatever other issues are brought to mind. We typically read fiction, but sometimes veer off into the nonfiction realm. On average we read a book per month, and meet once every two weeks, usually on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evening depending on people's schedules. This club has been active since summer 2015, and we always welcome new members!
Last book: Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
Currently reading: Work by Crimethinc. Ex-Workers' Collective
Next book: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
-Speculative Fiction Book Club: This club reads any novel that dares to ask, "What if?" whether it be through science fiction, utopian or dystopian futures, or magical realism. Think Margaret Atwood, Haruki Murakami, Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, George Orwell, etc.
Last book: He, She and It by Marge Piercy
Currently reading: The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
-Social Justice Nonfiction Book Club: This is a book club for people who want to be more aware, and would like to discuss pressing issues with their community. This can span through histories, science, anthropology, memoir, zines, and everything in-between. So far the group has read The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander; Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis; Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance; Exile and Pride by Eli Clare; The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward; and Of Poetry & Protest edited by Philip Cushway and Michael Warr.
This group is currently taking a little summer break. Please email me at email@example.com if you're interested in joining in early fall when it starts back up!