join us in reading and discussing Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. book club is free and open to all. inquiries welcome. here is a short, illuminating piece by octavia butler, “a few rules for predicting the future.” and listen to Octavia talk about her speech at the 2001 UN Racism Conference on NPR.
supplemental reading for the shala book club: on immunity / may 2020
This Saturday we’ll meet live and online via Zoom to discuss On Immunity by Eula Biss, a succinct nonfiction exploration of issues related to health, illness, medicine, care of the self, and care for one another. If you’d like to join, please sign up in advance on MindBody! These gatherings are free and open to all.
Here is some supplemental reading that may inform our conversation.
“Get Ready for a Vaccine Information War” — The New York Times
“The Coronation” — Charles Eisenstein
A short piece by Eula Biss in the New York Review of Books “Pandemic Journal”
Please reach out with any questions! Hope to see you “there.”
book club: supplemental reading + listening: the new yorker + the ny times on miriam toews’s “women talking”
read here and here for more on miriam toews, the author of our book club selection women talking. these articles provide useful, detailed context for the novel, and were cited during our discussion on saturday, october 19, at the fort greene studio. you can also listen to this very thorough interview with miriam toews on the “between the covers” podcast.
black history month: a recommended reading + viewing list
shala teachers share their favorite books, documentaries, and talks on issues of race and ethnicity.
vote for our next book club selection!
follow this link to our book club poll. vote for the book you’d most like to see selected as the shala book club’s next read.
summer reading: shala book club
with our next book club meeting slated for october 1, we are excited to announce paul beatty’s the sellout as our summer reading selection.
described by Kevin Young of the New York Times as a “metaphorical multicultural pot almost too hot to touch,” the sellout most certainly stands on its own. we have, however, selected two powerful supporting texts to be read alongside beatty’s brilliant satire: citizen by claudia rankine and between the world and me by ta-nehisi coates.
please read one, two, or all three books in preparation for our discussion and potluck in september! date and time TBD.
recommended reading: julianna takacs
The Shala Book Club: What We’re Reading
We kicked off the Shala Book Club redux with Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies. Next up is Paul Kalanithi’s “great, indelible” memoir, When Breath Becomes Air. Book club discussion facilitated by Melanie Parker and potluck on Saturday, April 16th, from 5:45 to 7:15pm.