Bright Leaf Book Club is a chance to meet like-minded readers and critically analyze and discuss a text. We select texts democratically, and read novels, short stories, poetry, and creative non-fiction. We meet monthly. Pizza is provided. Join us!
Thursday, September 20 - 7:00 PM
American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes
"Terrance Hayes reinvigorates a classic form in his latest book, 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin' (Norton). In these 14-line, free-verse poems, all with the same title, Hayes examines what it means to be an American, to belong, and how it feels to be haunted and hunted by violent racism. Hayes, who won the National Book Award in 2010 for 'Lighthead,' addresses that ubiquitous 'assassin' directly in some places. In others, he is the aggressor, noting how 'I lock you in an American sonnet that is part prison,/ Part panic closet, a little room in a house set aflame.' Hayes uses a variety of approaches to take aim at the sins of the nation."
-Elizabeth Lund, The Washington Post
Thursday, October 18 - 7:00 PM
Sabrina by Nick Drnaso
"[Sabrina is] an unnerving mystery told by a rigorous moralist, a profoundly American nightmare set squarely in the first year of the Trump presidency. Politics is never mentioned, but the dread is everywhere: on the airwaves, at an open mic, in a kid’s activity book, and — most barbarically — online.
"The fictional killing in Sabrina is disturbing, but Drnaso doesn’t fixate on the gore or the culprit; he’s more concerned with how the public claims and consumes it, spinning out morbid fantasies with impunity. Blink and you’ll miss it: The first D.O.D. mental health survey we see is dated Sept. 11, 2017. The book’s title might allude not to the fizzy Audrey Hepburn film, but to Sabrina Harman, one of the guards convicted of abuse at Abu Ghraib. Drnaso subtly suggests that the current climate of constant horror, weaponized by hashtags and spread by autofill, has its seeds in the fall of the Twin Towers and our response to the tragedy. It’s a shattering work of art."
-Ed Park, The New York Times
June 2017 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
July 2017 Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
August 2017 10:04 by Ben Lerner
September 2017 Dear Cyborgs by Eugene Lim
October 2017 The Sellout by Paul Beatty
November 2017 Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
December 2017 Children with Enemies by Stuart Dischell
January 2018 Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
February 2018 Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
March 2018 The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
April 2018 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
May 2018 Train Dreams by Denis Johnson
June 2018 The Changeling by Joy Williams
July 2018 Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan
August 2018 The Weird and the Eerie by Mark Fisher