BOOK CLUB!

APRIL

Sunday, April 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead

“You're gonna need a rock and a whole lotta medicine" is a mantra that Jonny Appleseed, a young Two-Spirit/Indigiqueer, repeats to himself in this vivid and utterly compelling novel. Off the reserve and trying to find ways to live and love in the big city, Jonny becomes a cybersex worker who fetishizes himself in order to make a living. Self-ordained as an NDN glitter princess, Jonny has one week before he must return to the "rez," and his former life, to attend the funeral of his stepfather. The next seven days are like a fevered dream: stories of love, trauma, sex, kinship, ambition, and the heartbreaking recollection of his beloved kokum (grandmother). Jonny's world is a series of breakages, appendages, and linkages--and as he goes through the motions of preparing to return home, he learns how to put together the pieces of his life. Jonny Appleseed is a unique, shattering vision of Indigenous life, full of grit, glitter, and dreams." - Good Reads

Cover of Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead. BLack background, white text, read stylized image of a

MAY

Sunday, May 1, 2022 @ 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

"For more than a year, we were unable to safely spend time near others. Some of us forgot what it was like to hug one another or see our families and friends, and unfortunately, that’s still a reality for many of us. But Leah Johnson, bestselling author of You Should See Me in a Crown, imagined and wrote Rise to the Sun, her second novel, which is set at the Farmland Music and Arts Festival. Olivia, who just experienced a tragic breakup and is now an outcast at her school, flees to Farmland with her best friend to forget it all. Toni is one week away from college and reckoning with the loss of her musician-turned-roadie father, in hopes that the festival guides her like it used to guide her dad.


When circumstances force them to work together, they realize they need each other, and music, more than they thought. Rise to the Sun is about the different ways we grieve, the different ways we figure out how to be together, and the different paths we decide to take. It’s about forgiving ourselves for mistakes, shedding the idea of perfection, and finding love in spite of (or because of). The novel does what Johnson does best—exploring the ways all relationships (familial, romantic, platonic) shape us and our decisions.

"We have a real issue as readers, as humans, of holding Black girls who become Black women to impossible standards of perfection. We’re supposed to be workhorses, beasts of burdens, saviors, superheroes, and we’re supposed to do it all without ever misstepping, misspeaking, hurting other people, or harming ourselves. That’s impossible and it’s unrealistic, but past that, it’s unfair. I wanted the messy Black girl, the foolish Black girl, the reckless Black girl, to have an image of what this could look like. Yeah, you’ve made some mistakes. Yeah, you are heartbroken, but there’s a way to heal from that, and there’s a way to find love on the other side of that.”

-Leah Johnson @ Bitch Magazine

Cover of Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson. Red background, white text and to young black women.

PAST BOOKS

 

Sunday, March 6, 2022 (postponed)

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

 
February 6, 2022
Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation
by Eli Clare

January 2, 2022

Sissy by Jacob Tobia

December 5, 2021

Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing by Lauren Hough