Book Clubs at The Last Bookstore
  Book Reviews    February 18, 2018     Eric Larkin

June book clubs – plus a few May reminders for you late-comers —

OH, and hey  – we have new prices! (Yayyy!)

These are ticketed events. For the price of your ticket, you get:

  1. the book
  2. a cool moderator  (an author, professor, expert, etc.)
  3. a one-of-a-kind location… here, right in our dedicated book club nook, in the heart of the labyrinth
  4. snaaaacks and bevs
  5. sometimes, extras: an author visit, atmospheric flourishes, etc.

 

Here’s the full slate:

(subject to change, as we have more book clubs in the works: WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE – dystopian book club for the doomed, Non-Western Canon, and in July: Ficción en Español!)

 

TRUE CRIME TUESDAYS  

Author and journalist James T. Bartlett leads us through a carefully selected slate of True Crime books.

 

 

On June 5th, at long last: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark from Michelle McNamara! This is the one about the Golden State Killer (a name she gave him) – who was recently caught.  Get all the deets before the trial starts. Tix right HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

THE AFROFUTURISM BOOK CLUB

Tyree Boyd-Pates (curator at the California African American Museum) heads this exploration of newer books from the AfroFuturism genre/movement.

 

 

A book we reviewed last Fall, (and it made our Christmas catalogue – cuz it’s damn good) – After the Flare from Deji Bryce Olukotun is June’s selection. Can an ex-NASA, African-American help the Nigerian space agency rescue space station astronauts after a solar flare has knocked out the tech capabilities of most of the planet?  – June 12 – Tix right HERE

 

 

 

 

POETRY IN THE LABYRINTH

We read and discuss a new book of poetry every month, lead by L.A. poet Arminé Iknadossian.  (Hey Shakespeare: This is not a workshop, nor is it an open mic, but when your work hits the shelves, this is the club that’ll dive into it.)

 

 

In May, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s newest: Wade in the Water. There’s still room –  Tickets Here

 

 

On June 18, we’re gonna look at The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir from Yrsa Daley-Ward.  This one is a personal epic, in prose and verse, via Jamaica, Nigeria, and the UK. Tix are HERE

 

 

 

 

LA LIT FIC

Authors, novels, and presses from our very own beloved City of Angels. Siel Ju  – yes, an L.A. author – leads this group.

 

 

In May, we’re reading DTLA’s own Dana Johnson’s Elsewhere, California. Tickets here   – and we’ll even be joined by the author(!)

 

 

 

 

For June, recent debut Catalina from LBS veteran Liska Jacobs. And again – the author will drop in for a bit.  Tickets are HERE

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, THIS IS YOUR GROUP IF YOU LIKE HOB-NOBBING WITH LOCAL WRITERS. (We do.)

 

 

 

 

FEMINIST BOOK CLUB

Julia Callahan, from Rare Bird Books, leads this intersectional and wide-ranging look at feminist literature. 

 

 

 

In May, we’re heading north for Terese Marie Mailhot’s Heart Berries: A MemoirTickets Here

 

 

 

 

We’re heading into some fiction for June, with Zeni Lumas’ Red Clocks. In a not-so-distant possible future, the criminalizing of abortion has brought a new, if subtle, era of gender control.

Since we sold out last month – don’t dilly-dally on this one.  GIRLS TO THE FRONT.

 

 

 

 

 

THE THING IN THE LABYRINTH

Horror! Author Kathryn E. McGee heads this group, which reads the latest horror fiction and meets after hours – round about the time things start emerging from the stacks. You never know who 0r what. 

 

 

Ellen Datlow – master of the anthology – edited our May selection: The Devil and the Deep: Horror Stories of the SeaTickets Here

 

 

 

And in June, Josh Malerman’s Unbury Carol.  (UNbury? Wait – why were they buried – and shouldn’t they just stay that way?)  TIX

 

 

 

 

 

VICTORIAN LITERARY PARLOUR

Mr. Walter Nelson helms this excursion into neglected works from the Victorian era.  

 

 

May is all about Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s super-fun The Trail of the SerpentTickets Here

 

 

 

And getting back to the real purpose of this particular club, on June 26 we’re rediscovering forgotten characters and authors, with The Penguin Book of Victorian Women in Crime: Forgotten Cops and Private Eyes from the Time of Sherlock Holmes. Many rivals had he, and we shall not allow them to fade into obscurity.  Get tickets HERE

Wear your period wardrobe, if you’ve got it. (No author visits in this club, unless from the ethereal realms.)

 

 

 

These aren’t last minute events. Do that totally un-L.A. thing, and get yer tix early, so you have time to read the book, eh? 

 

 

 

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