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Wednesday, March 18; 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Reading the Western Landscape Book Group

About This Event

The Arboretum Library’s book group explores the portrayal of western North American landscape in fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry, letters, graphic novels, etc.  The group generally meets the last Wednesday of the month in the Arboretum Library or out on the Arboretum grounds, weather and sunlight permitting.  Some dates are not the last Wednesday. Check the dates below.

The group uses the Shared Inquiry™ method developed by the Great Books Foundation.  The chosen book of the month must be read in order to participate.

New members are always welcome!  To check out the history of the book club hover on the tab and see all the previous years and books to explore.

COVID-19 Response: This group is in a decision process about how to proceed with the book club.  If interested, please contact Susan.Eubank@Arboretum.org with your preference for a virtual book club on a platform like ZOOM or a slowing moving one done through emails and replies.

For more information about the Book Group, please contact, Arboretum Librarian, Susan Eubank, at 626-821-3213 or Susan.Eubank@Arboretum.org.  Please RSVP to Susan if you plan to attend.

January 29, 2020

Exile and Pride by Eli Clare; Foreword by Aurora Levins Morales, Afterword by Dean Spade, Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2015.

ISBN: 0822360314

 


February 26, 2020


March 18, 2020 CANCELLED

Rogue River Journal by John Daniel, New York: Avalon, 2006. 

ISBN: 9781593760519

April 29, 2020

Bruja: a dreamoir by Wendy C. Ortiz, Fairfax, Va.: CCM, 2016. 
ISBN: 193786569X

COVID-19 Response: In a decision process about how to proceed with the book club.  If interested, please contact Susan.Eubank@Arboretum.org with your preference for a virtual book club on a platform like ZOOM or a slowing moving one done through emails and replies.

“It’s … a “dreamoir,” which Ortiz defines as: “A literary adventure through the boundaries of memoir, where the self is viewed from a position anchored into the deepest recesses of the mind.” Though “Bruja” is not a traditionally plotted literary work, it contains themes and symbols — we are, after all, dwelling in a person’s subconscious. Maternal conflict, pregnancy and indecision over relationships and living arrangements recur. As do bags (the packing and unpacking of them); water, sometimes containing sharks and dolphins; and cats. “Bruja” stirs the instinct to draw these threads together…The dreams tantalize, and in this way mirror the most pervasive form of life writing the world has ever seen: social media — another medium in which Ortiz is adept.”— Ellie Robbins, Los Angeles Times

“In Bruja, Wendy C. Ortiz deftly navigates the land of dreams in what she calls a dreamoir. By telling us her dreams, by revealing her most unguarded and vulnerable self, Ortiz is, truly, offering readers the most intimate parts of herself–how she loves, how she wants, how she lives, who she is. Bruja is not just a book–it is an enigma and a wonder and utterly entrancing.” –Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist

 


May 27, 2020

 

Latinx Writing Los Angeles: Nonfiction Dispatches From a Decolonial Rebellion by Edited by Ignacio López-Calvo and Victor M. Valle; Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, [2018]. 

ISBN: 1496202414

 


June 24, 2020

Attendance by Rocio Carlos; Rachel McLeod Kaminer, Brooklyn, NY: The Operating System, ©2018. 

ISBN: 9781946031327

 

Cost

Free event

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