queer seattle book club

Welcome!       

The Queer Seattle Book Club meets at SASG on Capital Hill
every Wednesday, 6-7:15pm.

We read one book each month and discuss that book all month.
Some members come every Wednesday; some join us once or twice a month.

For busy people, four opportunities means not having to worry about missing out! And spreading the discussion over a month allows us to approach  topical questions in depth, for readers to dive back into the text and  explore thoughts different from their own.

OUR BOOK FOR MAY

Insomniac City
Bill Hayes

I almost chose FIVE QUARTS by Bill Hayes for our May book. It’s an intriguing analysis of the five quarts of blood we all possess, made personal by Bill Hayes’ recording of his struggle as an HIV-negative man with an HIV-positive lover. But then Bill Hayes’ new book, INSOMNIAC CITY came out. At the age of 48, when his lover in San Francisco dies, Bill leaves the west coast to start over in New York – and falls in love with Oliver Sacks, with whom he spends the last years of Oliver’s life. We all adore Oliver Sacks. Here’s an inside look at him!
 
As an object in itself, this is a fascinating book. The cover is entirely black, with little eighth-of-an-inch squares cut out of it. Underneath the paper cover is a 

insomniac city cover

gorgeous full-color wraparound photograph, but it can only be seen in little glimpses through the holes. This gorgeous book is like that – it consists of photographs, poetry, journal entries, and fragments about the world of New York and of loving Oliver. The people I’ve talked with in the bookstore love this one. I’m going to read it blind with you, a chunk of the book for each Wednesday meeting.
 
We’ve had five-to-seven members at every meeting so far, so Queer Seattle Book Club is off to a good start – but a book club, when it thrives, is a group of friends who like getting together and talking about their reading experiences. I’d love to have a few more regulars. Tempted? Come one Wednesday. I’d love to know what you think of this one. Haven’t come to a meeting for a while? Read a little, come to a meeting, and surprise me!

Nick

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List of previous books

Come join us any Wednesday, 6-7:15pm at

S
ASG
115 15th Ave. East Suite 201
Seattle 98112

SASG phone: (206) 322-2437

Feel free to just show up, whether you’ve finished the book or not.

For more information, contact Nick at
seattlegaybookclub@comcast.net.

Read the SGN interview with Nick about the club

Read all about SASG, our hosts

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Previous books

2009

Breakfast with Scot Michael Downing

Orange Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson

I Am Not Myself These Days John Kilmer-Purcell

The City and the Pillar Gore Vidal

The Price of Salt Patricia Highsmith

Fun Home Alison Bechdel

Queer William Burroughs

A Fairly Honourable Defeat Iris Murdoch

The Thief’s Journal Jean Genet

Wild Dogs Helen Humphreys

The Gifts of the Body Rebecca Brown

Death in Venice Thomas Mann

2010

The Immoralist Andre Gide

A Single Man Christopher Isherwood

The Pure and the Impure Colette

The Last of the Wine Mary Renault

Satyricon Petronius

Maurice E. M. Forster

Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman

Dog Years Mark Doty

Portrait of the Addict as a Young Man Bill Clegg

Confessions of a Mask Yukio Mishima

Stuck Rubber Baby Howard Cruse

My Father and Myself J. R. Ackerley

2011

Hindoo Holiday J. R. Ackerley

The Line of Beauty Alan Hollinghurst

Dry Augusten Burroughs

We Think the World of You J. R. Ackerley

Just Kids Patti Smith

The Counterfeiters Andre Gide

Union Atlantic Adam Haslett

Teleny and Camille Jon Macy, adapted from Oscar Wilde and His Circle

Moffie Andre Carl van der Merwe

The Ladies Doris Grumbach

2012

The Stranger’s Child Alan Hollinghurst

We the Animals Justin Torres

Jack Holmes and His Friend Edmund White

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Jeanette Winterson

Are You My Mother? Alison Bechdel

The Swimming-pool Library Alan Hollinghurst

Mars Vs. Maple School Nick DiMartino

Goodbye to Berlin Christopher Isherwood

Christopher and His Kind Christopher Isherwood

The Picture of Dorian Gray (uncensored) Oscar Wilde

Mr. Fortune’s Maggot Sylvia Townsend Warner

Changes: In A Little Gay Bar Nick DiMartino

2013

Becoming A Man Paul Monette

Borrowed Time Paul Monette

Heaven’s Coast Mark Doty

The Gallery John Horne Burns

Stories for Boys Gregory Martin

Money Boy Paul Yee

The End of San Francisco Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore &
Toast Nigel Slater

The Story of the Night Colm Toibin

The Dream of the Celt Mario Vargas Llosa

Rough Music Richard Gale

The Two Hotel Francforts David Leavitt

The Devil in Love Nick DiMartino

2014

Fairyland Alysia Abbott

Vainglory Ronald Firbank

Our Lady of the Flowers Jean Genet

Tell the Wolves I’m Home Carol Rifka Brunt

The Normal Heart Larry Kramer

Firefly Noel Coward

Young Torless Robert Musil

The Poetry of C.P. Cavafy

Arctic Summer Damon Galgut

The Life to Come E.M. Forster

Pale Fire Vladimir Nabokov

Sea Baby Scarlett Phelan

2015

The Golden Handcuffs  Nick DiMartino

Totempole  Sanford Friedman

The Days of Anna Madrigal Armistead Maupin

Bettyville George Hodgman

Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers
Plotted Against the Plague
Joyce Brabner

On The Move Oliver Sacks

Tales of the City Armistead Maupin

The Boatman John Burbidge

Gaysia Benjamin Law

The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House John Whittier Treat

The Price of Salt Patricia Highsmith

Landscape with Traveller Barry Gifford

2016

The Professor’s Wife Nick DiMartino

These Things Happen Richard Kramer

Hide Matthew Griffin

The Blackwater Lightship Colm Toibin

Sergio Y.  Alexandre Vidal Porto

Dancer from the Dance  Andrew Holleran

Don’t Let Him Know  Sandip Roy

Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe  John Boswell

Guapa Saleem Haddad

While England Sleeps David Leavitt

Straight Nick DiMartino

2017

A Place Called Winter Patrick Gale

Insomniac City Bill Hayes

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