Event Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 5:30 pm
WBUR/BBF Summer Book Club
WBUR and the Boston Book Festival will host three book discussions leading up to the 8th Boston Book Festival on Saturday, October 15. All three authors will be participating in the festival.
The last discussion will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Fenway Community Center. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the discussion will take place from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be served.
Following the book club you are welcome to stay for Fenway Community Center’s Type Bar, where you can create letters on cool, old manual typewriters. The theme for this month’s Type Bar is based on our book club selection!
This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and advance registration is required. Click here to register for this event.
9/28 – “Once City One Story” selection: The Faery Handbag by Kelly Link
On September 28, we’ll be discussing this year’s “One City One Story” selection, The Faery Handbag by Kelly Link (a story in her collection Magic for Beginners). The story will be available at locations around Boston and on the Boston Book Festival website.
The story follows Genevieve, a girl who spends a lot of time with her slightly eccentric grandmother Zofia. Zofia claims to be from the country Baldeziwurlekistan and also to be the guardian of a community of fairies who now live in her black handbag. She often tells outlandish tales about the beings in her handbag and blames them for her overdue movies and library books. Things take a turn for the worse when Genevieve’s boyfriend, Jake, snatches Zofia’s handbag with the intent of finding out if the stories about it are true
7/26 – Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman by Lindy West
Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible–like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you–writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.
From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea.
With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss, and walk away laughing. Shrill provocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps.
9/8 – The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood
Ava’s twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood—one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Alternating with Ava’s story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man. Ava’s mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.