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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.

Winter 2021

  • Know My Name, by Chanel Miller
    Chanel Miller’s powerful and immersive memoir of her 2015 sexual assault and its aftermath “gives readers the privilege of knowing her not just as Emily Doe, but as Chanel Miller the writer, the artist, the survivor, the fighter” (The Wrap). Miller's story of trauma and transcendence exposes a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicting a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life.
  • Virtual Discussion Date: Tuesday, January 26, 5:00 - 6:30 PM Central Time
  • Sign up here: bit.ly/apida-botq

Spring 2021

  • Island of Shattered Dreams, by Chantal Spitz
  • 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

Indigenous Reading Series

The Indigenous Reading Series is a new MSA program that centers Indigenous thinking and perspectives through reading and discussion. Each quarter, we will examine 3 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. 

Winter 2021

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. 
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