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.
- Know My Name, by Chanel Miller
- Virtual Discussion Date: Tuesday, January 26, 5:00 - 6:30 PM Central Time
- Sign ups closed
- Island of Shattered Dreams, by Chantal Spitz
Translated from the original French, Spitz's lyrical work is an exploration of love, family, and the legacies of colonialism, set in Tahiti in the period leading up to the first nuclear tests.
- Virtual Discussion Date: Monday, May 3, 5:00 - 6:30 PM Central Time
- Sign-ups open March 8: bit.ly/apida-botq
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
Freshwater By Akwaeke Emezi
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 a new 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.
- Monday, April 12
- 5:00 - 6:30 PM (Central Time)
- Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz
- Monday, May 3*
- 5:00 - 6:30 PM (Central Time)
- Island of Shattered Dreams by Chantal Spitz
- *Joint discussion with MSA's APIDA Book of the Quarter program!
- Sign-ups open March 8: bit.ly/indigenous-reading-series
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.
- 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.