A Brief History of the Rumpus Book Club

By

A Brief History of the Rumpus Book Club

The Rumpus Book Club kicked off on May 19, 2010, when Stephen decided to announce it in his Daily Rumpus in his own special way: “Today we’re launching The Rumpus Book Club! That’s a pretty quick turn around when you realize I just had this idea yesterday. In other words, this will probably change and take shape and become more clearly defined over time.” (Yes, I still have the email.)

The first book selected was John Brandon’s Citrus County and group discussion started on it in June. October brings our 30th book in the Rumpus Book Club. Take a look at our list and see what you could have read early if you’d been a member from the start, and get a peek at what’s coming in the next couple of months if you join now.

Citrus County by John Brandon

The Surf Guru by Doug Dorst

Richard Yates by Tao Lin

All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost by Lan Samantha Chang

The Instructions by Adam Levin

Rumpus Women, Volume 1 edited by Julie Grecius and Elissa Bassist

Deus Ex Machina by Andrew Foster Altschul

Pacazo by Roy Kesey

You Think That’s Bad: Stories by Jim Shepard

The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism by Deborah Baker

Orientation: And Other Stories by Daniel Orozco

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell

How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Novel by Christopher Boucher

Luminarium by Alex Shakar

Show Up, Look Good by Mark Wisniewski

Zipper Mouth by Laurie Weeks

Love and Shame and Love by Peter Orner

Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine

Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty by Diane Williams

A Very Minor Prophet: A Novel by James Bernard Frost

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel

Cures for Hunger: A Memoir by Deni Y. Bechard

We Only Know So Much: A Novel by Elizabeth Crane

A Brilliant Novel in the Works by Yuvi Zalkow

Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub

The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets by Kathleen Alcott

The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg

Real Man Adventures by T. Cooper (Forthcoming in November!)


Brian Spears's first collection of poetry, A Witness in Exile, is now available through Louisiana Literature Press, and at his personal website. He is the Poetry Editor for The Rumpus, and teaches poetry at Drake University. More from this author →