Indigenous Book Club?
January 7, 2019 7:38 AM - Subscribe

I'm wondering if there's any interest in a FanFare bookclub that focuses on reading Indigenous writers.

I am trying to read more books (generally fiction) by Indigenous authors. These mostly aren't huge blockbuster books -- Indian Horse, Motorcycles & Sweetgrass, Moon of the Crusted Snow are the three most recent -- so they're unlikely to prompt much discussion unless there is a group of people who plan to read them. I'd also like to involve other people in choosing the books to help move away from the fairly narrow scope of Indigenous authors I tend to hear about -- who are mostly Anishinaabe and Canadian.

There's been some discussion of Rebecca Roanhorse on the Blue that made it seem like there might be some interest in this.
posted by jacquilynne (7 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
As an additional note, I'm not really all that sure how bookclubs usually work on FanFare. I've been in several in real life, but not here, so if anyone has thoughts on how best to pick books / set timelines / etc, I'm all ears. I'll go back and read some past FFT posts about bookclubs, as well, to see what others have done.
posted by jacquilynne at 7:41 AM on January 7


I am interested and would participate, although I'm not at a point right now where I can think about specifics.
posted by lucy.jakobs at 8:44 AM on January 9


Sounds great! I'd say throw up a schedule of books to be discussed, maybe one a month, so people can plan ahead.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:37 PM on January 9


I'd be into it , if i could figure out the logistics. Would Tommy Orange's There, There be on your list? It's definitely on mine :)

Anyway, Rebecca Roanhorse's Trail of Lightning is ++ amazing! I'm only sorry that the next book isn't out yet, because I want to see how (or if) the wider arc set up before the adventure really starts is resolved.
posted by platitudipus at 7:23 AM on January 12


A few people seem interested, so I went ahead and created the actual book club, and then added this post to it:s

I'm going to set up events for three books -- including There, There -- so we have a small schedule to start with, but I hope people will list books here that they are interested in reading and we can add them to the schedule later. It doesn't seem like there are so many books or so many Mefites that we'll need to do formal polling to decide what to read next.

I've tried to pick books that are available in ebook format and in plenty of libraries so that people shouldn't have too much trouble getting them. I would have liked to have included The Bone People by Keri Hulme, for example, but there doesn't seem to be an ebook of it.

I'm of mixed feelings on the Roanhorse novel, because of the concerns of cultural appropriation that were brought up in the thread on the Blue, so I haven't scheduled it. Do people still want to read it?
posted by jacquilynne at 11:31 AM on January 12


So, on the first of each month, starting in March, I'll add a new book post to the club. I've put three books up in the schedule so far -- The Marrow Thieves, There, There and Rabbit-Proof Fence. Hopefully people will be able to acquire and read them in time for the first of the month, but of course if people are still reading them throughout the month or in the future, they can still post, they might just run into some spoilers in the discussion.

I think if you click through to the club and join it, you'll see the books in your MyFanFare feed. I don't know if there are any other notifications.
posted by jacquilynne at 11:38 AM on January 12 [1 favorite]


Cool. Looking forward to the first book.
posted by platitudipus at 3:53 PM on January 12 [1 favorite]


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