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August Book Club - Ayesha At Last

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Knit Lit! Or Crochet Lit! Or Stitch Lit! Join us for a monthly community book club where we'll discuss a book and do some handwork. Only requirement is that you read the book (or most of the book).
In 2019 we are lucky to have our friend and librarian, Jenna Wolfe, lead book club. As 2018 came to a close Virginia began contemplating what journey book club might take and how that journey might converge with our mission at gather here: to foster and build communities of inclusion. Virginia and Jenna met and discussed our passion for books and stories that tackle identity, ableism, activism, privilege, and ageism. Visit the blog for what’s coming up this spring. Learn more about Jenna and the 2019 book club mission here.

AYESHA AT LAST by UZMA JALALUDDIN

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Billed as a "modern Muslim Pride and Prejudice", this is the story of Ayeesha Shamsi, an Indian Muslim immigrant to Canada, slam poet, friend, cousin, and sometime substitute teacher. Living at home with her extended family, Ayeesha is constantly compared to her younger, prettier cousin Hafsa, who has no shortage of marriage proposals, all of which she rejects. But Ayeesha doesn't want an arranged marriage; she wants a career as a poet, and she wants to find love.

WHY YOU MIGHT LIKE IT: It's a story not just about love, but about families. Tensions arise around a host of misunderstandings. Fumble through a wave of emotions between Ayeesha, her fundamentalist Muslim neighbor Khalid, and her self-centered cousin, Hafsa.

FOR FANS OF: Jane Austen adaptations, Pride and Prejudice narratives, immigrant stories

Available from some of our favorite local bookstores: Porter Square Books and Harvard Square Books. Don't forget your local library!

Limited to 10 participants (17 yrs of age or older); 4 participants are required for book club to meet. This event is free but we do require you register so we know how many seats to put in the "reading nook".


  • 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: a copy of the book or your notes or whatever and your knitting/crochet/embroidery project. Maybe a beverage…we always welcome snacks.

  • Event length: 2 hours

FREE!

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