as already mentioned, we are reading Kevin Chong's Beauty Plus Pity as our next book club selection.
Exciting news (maybe predictable too?) Kevin has agreed to join us for a conversation about his book sometime in June, but being that he is such a great talent, his schedule is busy and a tad, 'up in the air'. Kevin is working on confirming a discussion date with us, but has to confirm some other previous engagements first, but he will join us!
Tentatively, the discussion will be sometime around early to mid June (we were thinking a Sunday again), just to give everyone a ballpark for the discussion and also enough time to find and read the book. To those lucky winners of the giveaway (now over sorry) you don't have to worry about finding it, to others, I've heard library copies are going fast! Let me know if this discussion date window (?) works. Anecdote: My mom says the library in Port Moody, BC won't have it back until early June!
If you're one of those people who love buying books, try your local bookstore, especially Canadian centric ones (Octopus Books in Ottawa! People's Co-op in Van City!) or order it directly from the Arsenal Pulp Press website! The folks down at Arsenal are rad and will mail your purchased copy right away (also check out their other stuff too -- great publishers).
Okay so let's all get to reading! Some of our lovely book club members have already finished and have been leaving comments on our selection thread.
"Started the book last night. They say all writing is autobiographical but reading can be autobiographical as well. The first couple of chapters have me contemplating my relationship with both my father and my 15 year old son."
"I enjoyed the book, finishing it Saturday evening. Some interesting relationships in the book and many symmetries throughout: birth, death, father/son relationships, birth choices."
Also, be sure to check out the Babble Book Club Facebook group for additional comments, links and fun!