Book Club

Octavia Books Book Club - May 2013

Event date: 

Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
us
The Octavia Books Book Club invites you to a discussion of The Absolutist by John Boyne.

“A novel of immeasurable sadness, in a league with Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair. John Boyne is very, very good at portraying the destructive power of a painfully kept secret.”
John Irving

The Octavia Books Book Club meets at 10:30AM on the 3rd Saturday morning of each month (except December) and is open to book lovers. Please feel welcome to join us! 

Octavia Books Book Club - April 2013

Event date: 

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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The Octavia Books Book Club invites you to a discussion of Michael Parker's The Watery Part of the World.

Inspired by two small moments in 1813, Parker's vast and involving novel about pirates and slaves, treason and treasures, madness and devotion, takes place on a tiny island battered by storms and cut off from the world.

The Octavia Books Book Club meets at 10:30AM on the 3rd Saturday morning of each month (except December) and is open to book lovers. Please feel welcome to join us! 

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - May 2013

Event date: 

Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 2:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
us

The Octavia Books Science Fiction Books Club will discuss John Crowley's masterful Little, Big, the epic story of Smoky Barnable, an anonymous young man who travels by foot from the City to a place called Edgewood—not found on any map—to marry Daily Alice Drinkawater, as was prophesied. It is the story of four generations of a singular family, living in a house that is many houses on the magical border of an otherworld. It is a story of fantastic love and heartrending loss; of impossible things and unshakable destinies; and of the great Tale that envelops us all. It is a wonder.

Note: By group consensus, this month's gathering was moved from Sat. morning to Sun. afternoon by group consensus. Generally, we meet at at 10:30 AM on the second Saturday each month. All book-lovers are welcome.

Octavia Books Book Club - March 2013

Event date: 

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
us

The Octavia Books Book Club invites you to a discussion of Jesmym Ward's National Book Award-winning novel, SALVAGE THE BONES.

A big-hearted novel about familiallove and community against all odds and a wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty, "Salvage the Bones" is revelatory, real, and muscled with poetry.

The Octavia Books Book Club meets at 10:30AM on the 3rd Saturday morning of each month (except December) and is open to book lovers. Please feel welcome to join us! 

Octavia Books Book Club - January 2013

Event date: 

Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
us

The Octavia Books Book Club invites you to a discussion of The Time In Between by Maria Duenas, the inspiring story of a seemingly ordinary woman who uses her talent and courage to transform herself - first into a prestigious couturier, and then into an undercover agent for the Allies during World War II.

The Octavia Books Book Club meets at 10:30AM on the 3rd Saturday morning of each month (except December) and is open to book lovers. Please feel welcome to join us! 

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - January 2013

Event date: 

Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
us

The Octavia Books Science Fiction Books Club will discuss "The Pastel City" by M. John Harrison, which is is collected in Viriconium with three sequels, for the  second of three discussions  on the theme of  "The Dying Earth."

And, for February, the final discussion on this theme, we'll be discussing Hothouse by Brian Aldiss. 

The Science Fiction Book Club meets on the 2nd Saturday each month and welcomes all interested readers. We welcome you to join us!

Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club - December 2012

Event date: 

Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
us

Our new theme for the next three discussions by the Octavia Books Science Fiction Book Club is "The Dying Earth," and the first book is (naturally) The Dying Earth, included in the collection Tales of the Dying Earth along with three sequels by Jack Vance.  For December you need only read that first novel; but if sufficient people read more than one, the discussion might follow.

Then, for January we'll read The Pastel City by M. John Harrison, collected in Viriconium with three sequels. And, for February, Hothouse by Brian Aldiss. 

The Science Fiction Book Club meets on the 2nd Saturday each month and welcomes all interested readers. We welcome you to join us!

Octavia Books Book Club - November 2012

Event date: 

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
us

The Octavia Book Club invites you to a discussion of Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son.

"A daring and remarkable novel."-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother-a singer "stolen" to Pyongyang-and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the state soon recognize the boy's loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself "a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world," Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress "so pure, she didn't know what starving people looked like."

In this epic, critically acclaimed tour de force, Adam Johnson provides a riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love.

 

The Octavia Books Book Club meets at 10:30AM on the 3rd Saturday morning of each month (except December) and is open to book lovers. Please feel welcome to join us!

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