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September Book Club

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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.

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by CELESTE NG

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Shaker Heights, Ohio is a picture perfect midwestern American town. Everything is planned. But when an artist arrives in town with her teenage daughter and rents a house from the Richardsons, everything changes. Each member of the family is drawn to the enigmatic artist, Mia, and her daughter, Pearl, who don't believe in planning everything and playing by the rules. When the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia's.

WHY YOU MIGHT LIKE IT: This is a story with bends and twists that explores, deeply, what it means to be a family and a community. Ng is known for writing about complex familial issues and Little Fires Everywhere is no exception.

FOR FANS OF: literary fiction, family stories, suburban narratives, rich character development, mystery

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

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