Book Clubs

With Sarah McNally

Monday, November 3rd at 7pm.

"I found out only after finishing it that Journey by Moonlight is the novel most loved by all cultivated Hungarians. Please believe me when I tell you that a cultivated Hungarian is about as cultivated as you can get while remaining in the presence of warmth and humanity. And having a book such as this in your heritage is something to be proud of indeed."

- Nicholas Lezard for The Guardian on Antal Szerb's Journey by Moonlight.

With Matt Pieknik
Wednesday, November 5th at 7pm.

"Oil painting, before it was anything else, was a celebration of private property."

- From John Berger's Ways of Seeing.

With Carly Dashiell

Thursday, November 13th at 7pm.

"For someone who spent her life wrestling with the enormous and existentially brain-warping problem of language’s inability to provide adequate means of expression, Ingeborg Bachmann made brilliant use of the twenty-six letters afforded her."

- Aimee Kelley for The Believer on Ingeborg Bachmann's Darkness Spoken.

Who knows of a better world should step forward.
Alone, no longer out of bravery, not wiping away this saliva,
this saliva worn upon the cheek
as if to a coronation, as if redeemed, whether at communion
or among comrades. The weak rabbit,
the rat, and those fallen there, all of them,
no longer alone, but as one, though still afraid,
the dream of returning home
in the dream of armament, in the dream
of returning home.

- From Ingeborg Bachmann's Darkness Spoken.

With Kevin Cassem
Matthew Wagstaffe
Tuesday, August 5th at 7pm.

"Accelerationism is a political heresy: the insistence that the only radical political response to capitalism is not to protest, disrupt, or critique, nor to await its demise at the hands of its own contradictions, but to accelerate its uprooting, alienating, decoding, abstractive tendencies."

- From the introduction to The Accelerationist Reader.

(Get Rid Of Slimy egoS)

With Anna Chen and Michael Fentin

Thursday, November 20th at 8pm.

"Milford has a talent that few authors can boast; She breaks unspoken rules. Rules that have been dutifully followed by children’s authors for years on end. And in breaking them, she creates stronger books."

- Elizabeth Bird for School Library Journal on Kate Milford's Greenglass House

With Fiona Duncan

Tuesday, October 28th at 7pm.

- From Emily Carrol's Through the Woods.

"The whole book is magnificently executed: the work with color, character, contrast, perspective, layout, lettering, is all dextrous and varied and absolutely masterful. It's Gorey with less humor and more eloquence, elegance and poise; in place of whimsy is a wicked sense of pace, threat and a lurking delight in causing terror. I found myself so awed by individual pages that I had to exclaim about them in great detail to hapless people around me"

-Amal El-Mohtar for NPR on Emily Carroll's Through the woods

With Javier Molea

Friday, January 16th,
 7 pm.


En 1957, Rosario Castellanos publicó su primera novela titulada Balún Canán, que en maya antiguo (Balunem K’anal) significa "nueve estrellas". Castellanos sólo había publicado hasta entonces poesía, de ahí que la lectura de su primera novela sea en varios momentos demasiado lírica. Cuenta Emilio Carballido que, después de largas pláticas entre Castellanos, Sergio Magaña y el propio Carballido, éstos incitaron a su entrañable amiga a que escribiera sobre su infancia en Comitán, Chiapas: "Dudaba. La insistencia nuestra fue mucha: ‘tienes que, tienes que’. Poco a poco fueron brotando las páginas cada vez más fáciles, más abundantes de Balún Canán."

- Gerardo Bustamante Bermúdez