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Welcome to the Free Press Book Club!
To help ease some of the isolation-related boredom, we’ve started a monthly book club which will run completely online and is open to anyone and everyone to join.
Each month, we will choose a novel and share it on this page, as well as in an email to those who have registered to participate. We’ll send a couple of follow up notes to check in on your progress and suggest a few discussion topics and questions to think about as you go.
At the end of the month, we’ll all gather to participate in a livestream book club meeting, hosted by our books editor, Ben Sigurdson, or one of our pals from McNally Robinson Booksellers, as well as the author of the book.
You’ll be able to submit questions ahead of time, or drop them into one of the live chat boxes during the meeting. (And don’t worry, we’ll provide an easy-to-access link to the stream, so all you have to do is click.)
Right now, our focus is on local authors of varying genres and backgrounds, so we hope you’re excited to dive in.
Paul is Dead
By: C.C. Benison
From Signature Editions:
When Lydia Eadon invites Dorian Grant to join their college friends at her family’s cottage, she has no idea how her life—and his—will be irrevocably changed. Dorian arrives at the isolated lakeside retreat with a dangerously handsome hitchhiker who proves provocateur to their conventional assumptions. After an explosion of violence, the guests decamp, leaving Lydia and Dorian to grapple with an aftermath so horrific it forever after haunts their lives. Shadowed by obsession, deceit and guilt, Lydia—a book editor in San Francisco—and Dorian—a vagabond actor—hoard their terrible secret until one day, four decades later, circumstances return them to the scene of their youthful revels and they are plunged into a grim reckoning with the past.
Free Press Book Club pick annoucement
Paul is Dead, by C.C. Benison
Expect an email from us to check in on your progress. We’ll offer up some discussion questions and other things to think about as you continue reading.
Livestream information email
This email will provide all the information you need for our livestream book club event, including the access link, some information about your viewing options and how you can submit your questions for the author ahead of time. This information will also be posted to our Free Press Book Club Facebook group.
Free Press Book Club meeting
Join our live chat starting at 7 p.m. CDT with special guest, author C.C. Benison.
If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com
The Paris Apartment
By: Kelly Bowen
By: Katherena Vermette
Don’t Try This at Home
By: Rob Krause and Daria Salamon
Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.: a memoir
By: Jenny Heijun Wills
Here the Dark
By: David Bergen
All Our Relations
By: Tanya Talaga
This Has Nothing to Do With You
By: Lauren Carter
Black Water: Family, Legacy and Blood Memory
By: David A. Robertson
By: Joan Thomas
December 2020/January 2021
Songs for the End of the World
By: Saleema Nawaz
We Are All Perfectly Fine
By: Dr. Jillian Horton
By: Ariel Gordon
By: Andrew Unger