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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.

OUR BOOK FOR APRIL

Tell the Wolves Iím Home
Carol Rifka Brunt

Get ready for an emotional rollercoaster. Our April selection is a new novel with the intriguing title, TELL THE WOLVES IíM HOME by Carol Rifka Brunt, that is spreading word-of-mouth style Ė people who loved it actually stopped me when they saw the book in my hand, saying, ďOh, youíre reading that, too.Ē And when I was caught during one of the agonizing parts or the suspenseful mistakes or the doomed attempts to do the right thing, and Iíd be grumbling and struggling, those WOLVES-lovers just said, ďRead on.Ē Boy, will we have a lot to talk about! It looks thick, but believe me, it reads like a bullet!

Itís 1986. The world is terrified of the new plague. We learn in the very first sentence that the fourteen-year-old girl narrator loves more than any other person alive her gay uncle who is dying of AIDS. Which is walloping in itself Ė but wait until Uncle Finnís lover seeks her out as the only one who loved her uncle as much as he did. Get your handkerchiefs ready.
 
Itís easy to find, a $15 paperback. I can get 20% off for club members at University Book Store, and am happy to bring them to you at SASG. DONíT read the back of the book, the blurb gives away half the surprises.
 
As gay literature enters the mainstream, letís think about how we describe ourselves and how straight people describe us. We will be able to talk for hours about the way Brunt uses her gay characters in TELL THE WOLVES IíM HOME. Bring your opinions!
 
Thatís our April book. And you can start making your plans now for May:

Larry Kramerís 1985 AIDS play, THE NORMAL HEART

Wed, May  7:  group read-aloud of Act One (come read with us!)
Wed, May 14: group read-aloud of Act Two
Wed, May 21: discussion of the play

(Sunday, May 25: HBO telecast of the made-for-television movie, The Normal Heart, with Julia Roberts and Mark Ruffalo)

Wed, May 28: discussion of the film version of THE NORMAL HEART
 
What a great opportunity. No homework necessary. Bring a friend and join us. And wishing you all health and a good book close by!

Nick

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List of previous books

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

SASG
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 youíve finished the book or not.

For more information, contact Nick at
nickdimartin@earthlink.net

Read the SGN interview with Nick about the club

Read all about SASG, our hosts
 

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 Thiefís 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 Strangerís 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. Fortuneís Maggot Sylvia Townsend Warner

Changes: In A Little Gay Bar Nick DiMartino

2013

Becoming A Man Paul Monette

Borrowed Time Paul Monette

Heavenís 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 and
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 Iím Home Carol Rifka Brunt

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