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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
- 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 email@example.com for details.
Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) By Hazel Jane Plante
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
- 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.