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Let’s Get Books Together – Archive

Bennett Martin Public LibraryLets Get Books Together!
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 S. 14th St. (2nd floor – NE corner by the elevator)
441-8530 (Customer Service Desk at Bennett Martin Public Library downtown)

The Bennett Martin Public Library is pleased to be the official meeting spot for Let’s Get Books Together: A LGBTQ Book Club!

The group meets the second Wednesday evening of every month, 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m., for the discussion of books with themes relevant to the LGBTQ community in Nebraska. In addition to book discussion and socializing, the group will also serve as a source of support and safety for all members. A specific novel, story collection or non-fiction title is selected in advance for discussion during each meeting, although general discussion about LGBTQ literature may follow the discussion of the selected title.

LGBT Book Club is welcoming of all age groups, and any member of the public who can respect the safe space we are trying to create for our local LGBTQ community.

Meetings generally take place on the second floor in the NE room (near the Biographies), just outside the main elevator.

 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The group will start their meetings at the downtown library on January 9th, 2019 — attendees at this meeting will have a voice in deciding what books to read at forthcoming meetings! Come join us!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the February meeting is Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Children have always disappeared from Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else. But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children. Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world. But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter. No matter the cost.”

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the March meeting is Becky Albertalli’s What If It’s Us.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Told in two voices, when Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.”

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the March meeting is Katrina Carrasco’s The Best Bad Things.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“1887. Alma Rosales was trained in espionage by the Pinkerton Detective Agency, but dismissed for bad behavior and a penchant for going undercover as a man. She now works for Delphine Beaumond, the mastermind of a West Coast smuggling ring. When product goes missing at their Washington Territory outpost, Alma– in disguise as dockworker Jack Camp– muscles her way into the local organization while sending coded dispatches to Pinkerton agents to keep them from closing in. But it’s getting harder to keep her cover stories straight and to know whom to trust…”

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the May meeting is Becky Chambers’ The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space–and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe — in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.

Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.

Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy — exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs — an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.”

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

This month’s theme will be “Non-Fiction”, and is a “Book Share” month — participants are encouraged to read any non-fiction books related to the group’s themes, and be prepared to share a brief description/review with the rest of the group this evening.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

One Book - One LincolnThe July meeting of Let’s Get Books Together will be an official One Book – One Lincoln book discussion. This will be an opportunity t0 discuss The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai – one of the three finalists for One Book – One Lincoln in 2019.

Here’s the description:

A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico’s funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico’s little sister.

Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago crisis, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways AIDS affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. The two intertwining stories take us through the heartbreak of the eighties and the chaos of the modern world, as both Yale and Fiona struggle to find goodness in the midst of disaster.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the August meeting is Jordy Rosenburg’s Confessions of the Fox.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Jack Sheppard and Edgeworth Bess were the most notorious thieves, jailbreakers, and lovers of eighteenth-century London. Yet no one knows the true story; their confessions have never been found.

Until now. Reeling from heartbreak, a scholar named Dr. Voth discovers a long-lost manuscript–a gender-defying exposé of Jack and Bess’s adventures. Is Confessions of the Fox an authentic autobiography or a hoax? As Dr. Voth is drawn deeper into Jack and Bess’s tale of underworld resistance and gender transformation, it becomes clear that their fates are intertwined–and only a miracle will save them all.

Writing with the narrative mastery of Sarah Waters and the playful imagination of Nabokov, Jordy Rosenberg is an audacious storyteller of extraordinary talent.”

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the September meeting is Lara Elena Donnelly’s Amberlough.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“The Smuggler: By day, Aristide Makricosta is the emcee for Amberlough City’s top nightclub. By night, he moves drugs and refugees under the noses of crooked cops. The Spy: Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, but after a disastrous mission abroad, he makes a dangerous choice to protect himself and hopefully Aristide too. The Dancer: Streetwise Cordelia Lehane, burlesque performer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, could be the key to Cyril’s plans, if she can be trusted. As the twinkling marquees lights yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means and people necessary.”

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the October meeting is Laura Lam’s Pantomime.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.”
 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the November meeting is Kai Chen Tong’s Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir is a coming-of-age story about a young Asian trans girl, pathological liar, and kung-fu expert who runs away from her parents’ abusive home in a rainy city called Gloom. Striking off on her own, she finds her true family in a group of larger-than-life trans femmes who make their home in a mysterious pleasure district known only as the Street of Miracles. Under the wings of this fierce and fabulous flock, she blossoms into the woman she has always dreamed of being, with a little help from the unscrupulous Doctor Crocodile. When one of their number is brutally murdered, our protagonist joins her sisters in forming a vigilante gang to fight back against the transphobes, violent johns, and cops that stalk the Street of Miracles. But when things go terribly wrong, she must find the truth within herself in order to stop the violence and discover what it really means to grow up and find your family.”

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the December meeting is Andrea Lawlor’s Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“It’s 1993 and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a dyke best friend, makes zines, and is a flaneur with a rich dating life. But Paul’s also got a secret: he’s a shapeshifter. Oscillating wildly from Riot Grrrl to leather cub, Paul transforms his body and his gender at will as he crossed the country–a journey and adventure through the deep queer archives of struggle and pleasure.

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl is a riotous, razor-sharp bildungsroman whose hero/ine wends his/her way through a world gutted by loss, pulsing with music, and opening into an array of intimacy and connections.”

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The theme for the first meeting of 2020 is Graphic Novel Book Share!

All participants are encouraged to bring a graphic novel with LGBTQ+ representation in it, and be prepared to discuss its appeal factors with the rest of the group.

See the complete list of titles discussed at this meeting, in this post on the BookGuide Blog.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the February meeting is Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly un-stuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.”

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the March meeting is Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy’s Once and Future.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

King Arthur as you’ve never imagined! This bold, sizzling YA retells the popular legend with the Once and Future King as a teenage girl — and she has a universe to save.

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur. Now I’m done hiding. My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.
 
When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind. No pressure.”

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the April meeting is Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone’s This is How You Lose the Time War.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“Two time-traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past, begin to exchange letters – and fall in love in this thrilling and romantic book from award-winning authors Amal-El Mohtar and Max Gladstone.

Among the ashes of a dying world, an agent of the Commandant finds a letter. It reads: Burn before reading.

Thus begins an unlikely correspondence between two rival agents hell-bent on securing the best possible future for their warring factions. Now, what began as a taunt, a battlefield boast, grows into something more. Something epic. Something romantic. Something that could change the past and the future.

Except the discovery of their bond would mean death for each of them. There’s still a war going on, after all. And someone has to win that war. That’s how war works. Right?

Co-written by two beloved and award-winning sci-fi writers, This Is How You Lose the Time War is an epic love story spanning time and space.”

[MEETING NOT HELD, DUE TO CORONAVIRUS SAFETY MEASURES.]

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 — 6:30-7:45 p.m. <<<<< Our Next Meeting!!

The title for discussion at the May meeting is Rory Power’s Wilder Girls.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“A feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears. This fresh, new debut is a mind-bending novel unlike anything you’ve read before.

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.”

[MEETING NOT HELD, DUE TO CORONAVIRUS SAFETY MEASURES.]

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 — 6:30-7:45 p.m.

The title for discussion at the June meeting is Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater.

Here’s the description from our catalog:

“One of the most highly praised novels of the year, the debut from an astonishing young writer, Freshwater tells the story of Ada, an unusual child who is a source of deep concern to her southern Nigerian family. Young Ada is troubled, prone to violent fits. Born “with one foot on the other side,” she begins to develop separate selves within her as she grows into adulthood. And when she travels to America for college, a traumatic event on campus crystallizes the selves into something powerful and potentially dangerous, making Ada fade into the background of her own mind as these alters―now protective, now hedonistic―move into control. Written with stylistic brilliance and based in the author’s realities, Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace.”

[MEETING NOT HELD, DUE TO CORONAVIRUS SAFETY MEASURES.]