July 2020 Book Club (Online Only) - Bangkok Wakes to the Rain
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It seems like an eternity ago since we announced our 2020 Book Club focused on the Climate Crisis. We hope you are still reading and thinking about the planet while you stay at home and try not to get overwhelmed by the news. Join the conversation with scholar, writer, and literature teacher, Alisa Braithwaite. "With this year’s book club I hope to feed three birds with one seed: get us thinking about perspectives that are not always privileged, remind us of the importance of the humanities (and literature in particular!) in fighting for social justice, and prepare us for the challenge of the upcoming election season."
Bangkok Wakes to Rain Pitchaya Sudbanthad
In his first novel, Sudbanthad relates the biography of Bangkok, its history, present, and possible future, drop by drop. He introduces us to a host of characters in different time periods and from different walks of life, but all swimming in this same deep pool. Water is the element that carries us through the novel, the element that defines the city, and the element that indicates the state of the climate for this location. Sudbanthad’s novel gives us a chance to imagine the effects of climate change, not as an apocalyptic obliteration, but as a new trauma that a city endures.
You might like this book if you enjoy historical and futuristic fiction, you’re familiar with the city of Bangkok, you enjoy prose that makes you feel like you are floating down a river.
For fans of global lit, Southeast Asian history, poetic language
And good news for library lovers! You can request a book and pick it up at the Cambridge Public Library! And our July title is available!
Limited to 12 participants (16 yrs of age or older); this event is free but we do require you register so we can all chat online!
- Level: Intermediate (you are working on your own project and we won't let you fail but this event is mostly for talking about the book and a little bit about you knitting/crochet/embroidery/paper-piecing)
- We provide: lively discussion and great company
- You bring: yourself and join us online for a conversation. You can totally make yourself a drink - we definitely will have a glass of wine on hand!
- Event length: 1 1/2 hours
- You'll receive a link to the online discussion which will start at 4 PM