The Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club meets at SASG on Capital Hill
(previously Dunshee House) 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.


Bettyville by George Hodgman

One of the best things a book club can do is discover great new books and help them develop a reputation in the reading world. George Hodgman’s BETTYVILLE is brand spanking new, and we could wait a year till it’s in paperback, but what I’ve read so far of this mother-son memoir rings so true and clear and funny that I think we have to jump on it. A cosmopolitan gay man gets called back to his tiny home town of Paris, Missouri to take care of his ninety-year-old mother, and ends up not leaving. Praised by Alison Bechtel (Fun Home) and Alysia Abbott (Fairyland), it looks sensitive and exploratory with a great big messy splash of good energy and love.


bettyville cover

(1) Library users, immediately contact your library. It should have just arrived. Be fast, they won’t have many copies.
(2) Devil-may-care method: the book sells for $27.95, which puts it a little over $30 with tax. Any good bookstore will have it, but it’s pricey.
(3) Book club method: go to University Book Store, say you’re a member of the Seattle Gay Book Club, the cashier will give you a 20% discount to 22.36, then add tax.
(4) Phone charge method: call University Book Store at 634-3400, ask for General Books, tell them about your book club discount, give them your charge number, and they mail for free.
(5) Online method: do research, patronize if you must the Beast that Eats Bookstores, and get the cheapest deal you can, or
(6) easiest method: email me your reservation, and I’ll bring you a copy at the next meeting at SASG for an even $20.

SKYPE OPPORTUNITY: Techies, alert! George Hodgman is still living in Paris, Missouri with his mother. I bet he’d meet with us for a Skype session at one of our five April meetings. He might even let us say hi to his mother. Any volunteers to let him know the Seattle Gay Book Club is reading BETTYVILLE and see if he’d talk with us? 

READING SCHEDULE: Let’s read this one together again, and discuss it chunk by chunk, considering the set-ups and our expectations.

Wed, April 1: Chapters 1-5
Wed, April 8: Chapters 6-9
Wed, April 15: Chapters 10-14
Wed, April 22: Chapters 15-18
Wed, April 29: Chapters 19-Epilogue

Hope you’re all in health, spending time with your loved ones, enjoying the warm weather in spite of what it whispers about climate change, and never too far from a good book.



List of previous books

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

303 17th Avenue East
Seattle 98112

(on Capitol Hill, near Group Health Hospital)

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

Read the SGN interview with Nick about the club

Read all about SASG, our hosts


Previous books


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Golden Handcuffs  Nick DiMartino

Totempole  Sanford Friedman

The Days of Anna Madrigal Armistead Maupin

Bettyville George Hodgman