First. Are you in a book club?
Take this quiz.
1) Sometimes, on the subway, you see other people reading a book that you have read.
This is not a book club.
2) Sometimes, on the subway, you see other people reading a book that you've read, and you say to all of them, Hey, I've read that book.
This is probably not a book club. Though, maybe a good start.
3) Sometimes, on the subway, you see another person reading a book that you've read, and you say, Hey, I've read that book.
And the person says, Hey, I'm reading it.
And you say, What do you think?
And the person says, I think it's pretty alright.
And you shrug and say, I won't tell you the ending.
And the person says, Thank you.
This is probably not a book club. Although maybe sometimes book clubs are like this when not everyone knows each other or has read the agreed-on book.
4) Every Thursday, at 8 PM, you meet with people you met with last Thursday at 8 PM, in the same subway car or bus or house or diner or agreed-on location. Most all of you remembered to bring the book that most all of you did read enough of not to feel like an ass. You commence to talk about the book and many other things.
You may be in a book club or you may be enrolled in an Intro to Literature night class, which is close enough to qualify to win a prize.
- Chapbooks! Up to 10 signed copies of my new chapbook, How The Sun Burns Among Hills of Rock and Pebble
- Author Visit! If you're outside of my region, I'll Skype into the book club meeting to answer any questions and to be a part of the discussion.
|Photograph by Jonathan Hoeglund, used under CC license|
About the story How The Sun Burns Among Hills of Rock and Pebble
- Finalist for Kore Short Fiction Award
- Published in The Minnesota Review
- Nominated for a Pushcart Prize
- Title story for my next collection of stories
- Published by Philadelphia's awesome and well-respected The Head & The Hand Press as part of their chapbook series
- The storyline: Set in the small-town Midwest, it's now a year since the main character's sister disappeared from the local agricultural fair. During a walk out on a country road, she encounters a carnie who has been shot in the chest.
Tweet a picture of your book club (a.k.a the people you read books with, if you think "book club" is not a term vintage enough to reclaim) to @WhatSheMight by Saturday, April 4th, 2015/11:59 PST with a note about your book club's name and location. Include any persuasive text about why I should send the books to your club.
WinnerThe winning book club will be notified by Sunday, April 5th, 2015. If the winner doesn't respond by Sunday, April 12th, a new winner will be selected.