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Book Clubs & Reading Series

APIDA Book of the Quarter

Are you interested in talking about Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) books and issues?  Join the Asian American Studies Program and MSA for a casual book club discussion on important works of APIDA literature. Sign-ups will open at the beginning of each quarter. Contact Christine at cmunteanu@northwestern.edu for details.

Fall 2021

  • Crying in H-Mart, by Michelle Zauner
    From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.
  • Discussion Date: Tuesday, November 2 from 5 - 6:30 PM (Hybrid)
  • Sign ups open at 9 AM on Monday, September 27

Winter 2022

  • Afterparties, by Anthony Veasna So
  • Discussion Date: TBD

Spring 2022

  • Iep Jāltok: Poems from a Marshaleese Daughter, by Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner
  • Discussion Date: TBD

Queer Book Club

Are you interested in talking about LGBTQIA+ books and issues?  Join the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and MSA for a casual book club discussion on important works of LGBTQIA+ literature. Sign-ups will open at the beginning of each quarter. Contact Matt at matthew.abtahi@northwestern.edu for details.

Winter 2021

The playful and poignant novel sifts through a queer trans woman's unrequited love for her straight trans friend who died. A queer love letter steeped in desire, grief, and delight, the story is interspersed with encyclopedia entries about a fictional TV show set on an isolated island. The experimental form functions at once as a manual for how pop culture can help soothe and mend us and as an exploration of oft-overlooked sources of pleasure, including karaoke, birding, and butt toys. Ultimately, Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) reveals with glorious detail and emotional nuance the woman the narrator loved, why she loved her, and the depths of what she has lost.

  • Virtual Discussion Date: Tuesday, January 26, 6:00 - 7:30 PM Central Time
  • Sign-ups open on Monday 11/30: bit.ly/NUQBookClub

Spring 2021

Written with stylistic brilliance and based in the author's realities, this raw and extraordinary debut explores the metaphysics of identity and being, plunging the reader intothe mysteries of self. Unsettling, heart-wrenching, dark, and powerful, Freshwater dazzles with ferocious energy and serpentine grace, heralding the arrival of a fierce new literary voice.

  • Virtual Discussion Date: Wednesday, May 12, 6:00 - 7:30 PM Central Time
  • Sign-ups close at 9am CDT on Monday, April 5th! 

Indigenous Reading Series

The Indigenous Reading Series is an MSA program that centers Indigenous thinking and perspectives through reading and discussion. Each quarter, we will examine writings that will help us build and expand a shared understanding of Indigeneity. Join us as we engage in collective reflection and meaning-making in order to find  our places in decolonial movements. 

Fall 2021

Virtual Meeting Dates and Readings
  • Monday, 10/18/21, 4:30 - 6:00 PM CDT
    • "The Blackfoot Origins of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs" by Teju Ravilochan
    • "The Emergence of the Breath of Life Theory" by Cindy Blackstock
  • Monday, 11/8/21, 4:30 - 6:00 PM CDT
    • Readings TBD!

Winter 2022

Spring 2022

Latinx Book Club

Are you interested in talking about Latinx books and issues?  Join the Latina and Latino Studies Program and MSA for a casual book club discussion on important works of Latinx literature. Sign-ups will open at the beginning of each quarter. Contact Lupita at guadalupe.gonzalez1@northwestern.edu for details.

Winter 2021

  • The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
  • One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio illuminates and honors the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation. Villavicencio amplifies the stories of day laborers, housekeepers, construction workers, and delivery workers, among many others, who have "paid a steep price for the so-called American Dream" while shaping culture and life in The United States in immeasurable ways.
  • Virtual Book Discussion: Wednesday, March 3 from 5 to 6:30 PM CST
  • Registration is now closed.  Sign up here to receive updates for the Spring Latinx Book Club or to suggest a book title for future book discussions. 

Spring 2021

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the novel follows the story of Xiomara Batista, a young Afro-Latina from Harlem who discovers poetry as an outlet to explore her mother's religion and her own place in the world, finding her voice, strength, and love in the process. Acevedo's masterfully crafted poems reflect universal themes of "adolescence, family, gender, race, religion, [and] sexuality."
  • Virtual Book Discussion: Tuesday, May 4 from 5 to 6:30 PM CDT
  • Registration is now open.
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