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Urban magic, suicide cults, and cups of love… April 21, 2009

Posted by oaklandbookclub in dates, meetings.

There are several things going on with our book club over the next couple of months.

Let’s start with a shout out to book club founder, Chris Barzak. Chris will be reading from The Love We Share Without Knowing at 7:00 on Thursday April 23. The reading will take place in the Art Gallery of YSU’s Kilcawley Center. YSU Poet Phil Brady will read from his collection, By Heart, and Phil will be joined by student writers from the Penguin Review. This event is free and open to the public.

Our next book club meeting is at Charlie Staples next Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 to discuss Z.Z. Packer’s collection of short stories Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. Come and get your “cup of love.”

Here are a few reviews

The title story from Packer’s collection was published as debut fiction in The New Yorker, June 2000.

For May, we’re reading two books. Richard Bowes’s Minions of the Moon. We’re trying to arrange a meeting with Bowes, who will be in the area for a week in May. Here’s a teaser from the cultural arts magazine, Rambles: “Like all good urban fantasy, Minions of the Moon deals with magic living just below the surface of everyday life. Aside from Kevin’s Shadow, there are appearances here by angels, devils and strangers from another dimension, who want both Kevin and his Shadow for their own twisted purposes. Another character is haunted by a ghost which is tied to a disappearing book of children’s rhymes.”

This book is out of print, but ordering it shouldn’t pose a problem (except that is may take a couple of weeks, so order now). If you have an account with either barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com, you don’t need to do anything different but click on the used button on a book’s page, which will take you to a list of used book dealers with prices and book condition descriptions and you click one of those and go to the purchase page, just as you would with a new book.

The second book is Chuck Palahniuk’s Survivor, the story of Tender Branson, a member of death cult. Palahniuk’s novel has been described as “a satire of commercial culture.” From what I’ve read, people either love or hate Palahniuk’s work, so it should make for an interesting discussion.

We haven’t set the date, place, time for May’s meeting yet, but we will soon. Remember, you don’t have to read both books to attend the meeting.



1. Milli Thornton - April 30, 2009

I’m disappointed I missed your April meeting!

I had planned my trip to New Mexico to be over in time to attend, but then I got sick during the trip. Dragged myself home from the airport on Monday night and collapsed into rest and recuperation mode for two days. Darn! I really wanted to attend. I did read the book and enjoyed it very much.

I’ll grab at least one of the books for May and try again.

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