November Book Club
gather here Class
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.
Trail of Lightning by REBECCA ROANHORSE
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: While most of the world has drowned as the result of rising waters, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation, has seen a rebirth. This is the Sixth World. Suffering the effects of a climate apocalypse, Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter who is ready to help when a small town girl goes missing. Enlisting the help of an unconventional medicine man, Maggie traverses the rez looking for clues and answers as she encounters dark forces, tricksters, and crumbling technology.
Roanhorse told The Barnes and Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog in 2018 that she didn’t see a lot of Native American representation in genre books, and she wanted to write a novel “where the landscape was filled with the places and the people that I knew from living on the rez,” and “where the gods and heroes were of North American Indigenous origin.”
WHY YOU MIGHT LIKE IT: This book explores what it means to be a hero and highlights a Native American protagonist. This story touches on who has power, when they have power, and the unexpected corners of the world that hold the keys to hope. There has been some controversy around who gets to tell these stories and what sacred ways should be shared with a wider audience. Our book group will discuss these during our two hours together, as well as what it means for a book to be a window, a mirror, or a door.
FOR FANS OF: future worlds, the supernatural, dystopia, monster hunting, protagonists of color
Limited to 12 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