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Welcome! [Jul. 9th, 2006|02:41 pm]
[Insert clever name for a Toronto queer book club


My many searches have turned up no queer book club in Toronto.  So here it is.

I'm hoping for suggestions about the following things:

Ok, we need a name!  Whatcha got?

(Suggestions for new icons also appreciated!)

Where do we meet?

When do we meet?

What books would we like to read and discuss?  Should we make an effort to read new, emerging stuff, or start with some old standards?

I was thinking it'd be a good idea to get a reading schedule together, meet about once a month, talk about the new book, and we'd already know what the next book coming up is at that time - so basically, to get us started, we need a book to talk about in August and one for September, and we'll decide October's book in August.

My other suggestion is that we would all touch base via LJ with a few things to think about with regard to the book being discussed, not to formalize the discussion, but just to kind of get it started online and give everyone's thinker a kickstart.

Ok, so drop a comment, introduce yourself, and let's talk when, where, and what!

[User Picture]From: thecherrybomb
2006-07-10 02:21 am (UTC)
this is a great idea!

my thoughts right now:
location WILL effect attendence, even for those who say it doesn't matter... it probably will in a pinch for most people. see where most people live and try to be central to that...

also, you could consider changing up the location every once in a while. it may cause someone from that new area to come just that one time and decide it's worth the trip to the more remote location.

personally, i would LOVE to be in a book club but i'm super busy volunteering a lot this summer and with being so busy a 30 to 40 minute trip to parkdale wouldn't work for my schedule.

i would suggest the annex... somewhere on the bloor line. it's west of yonge so hopefully not terrible for people near queen west but also reasonable for people scattered elsewhere since it's on the subway line, near to the university, and a quick/reasonable subway for people in the gayberhood all the way to greektown, cabbagetown, etc.. someplace super cheap like the green room might work. also, the art bar supports a lot of spoken word stuff and if you let them know ahead of time what you have planned, they could probably work with you.

also... look into booking rooms at libraries or at the university if you know any students.
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[User Picture]From: rexlezard
2006-07-10 02:30 am (UTC)
Thanks for the great suggestions!

Please, join us once your schedule frees up!
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[User Picture]From: thecherrybomb
2006-07-10 02:35 am (UTC)
oh, i plan to try to make it regardless! if it's farther away or tough to get to (i live near the gayberhood) it just diminishes the chance that i'll be able to get out.

i haven't read it all the way through yet, but i'm enjoying dionne brand's what we all long for. but the queer story is just one part of a larger story...

alternately, i love anything by erika lopez and have a weakness for jeanette winterson's "the passion" even if it is a little cliche. i'm really dying for more queer reading since i get sick of heterosexism in every other form of media around me.
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