||[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!
My suggestion is that we meet somewhere in the west end of the city - I'm all about Parkdale, I live here, I love it, but I know it's a bit far for some. I was thinking a coffeeshop off the beaten path that would welcome us, but I realize this creates financial pressures for some.
I feel really uncomfortable becoming "those book people who sit here all night and don't spend any money!" but I also feel uncomfortable pressuring people to spend money they don't have.
Similarly, with books, it would be great if we made a point of reading stuff available through the library and/or setting up a system where members could share books.
Ok, my book suggestion...
What do you think of Drag King Dreams, Leslie Feinberg's new novel?
I'm Andy, I'm 25, I've been out for ten years, first as a dyke, later as an FTM, I currently identify as queer and as transmasculine.
I'm tattooed, I lean left, I don't read enough fiction. I'm a graduate student in sociology at York, doing my MA, en route to my PhD, maybe at York, maybe not. We'll see.
I'd be more likely to take part sporatically. Ie. if there was a book I was interested in, I'd take part that month, but if the book didn't interest me, I'd be a no-show. I like that degree of flexibility.
::nod:: Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. Are there any books you're particularly interested in at the moment?
I am completely out of touch with queer books these days, so not really. :) The only gay author I was ever really devoted to was Paul Monette, and he had to up and die.