How The Rumpus Book Club Works: You pay $27 a month and every month you get a book in the mail that hasn’t been released yet. We’ll discuss the book all month while we read it. You’re then invited to an exclusive moderated online discussion with the author at the end of the month which we’ll edit and run on The Rumpus as a feature article (like these).
You don’t have to participate in the discussion or review the book; you can also just subscribe to receive a new, unpublished book every month.
We’re going to try to only read good books. We’ll fail sometimes. The books will often be hardcover, but not always. Occasionally they’ll be paperback originals. Some books we’ve featured in the book club include The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, Insurrections by Rion Amilcar Scott, The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang, Abandon Me by Melissa Febos, and Marlena by Julie Buntin. Upcoming writers include Gabrielle Bell, Samantha Irby, Achy Obejas, Danzy Senna, Wioletta Greg, Carmen Maria Machado, and more.
You can also save money by purchasing a one-year gift subscription for yourself or a friend. And programs like our Book Club put you in direct communication with the literary community and keep The Rumpus running in one fell swoop!
Q: Who do I contact for customer service? A: [email protected].
Q: Can I sign up for both the Poetry Book Club and The Rumpus Book Club and get a discount? A: Yes. You can subscribe to both for $48 a month.
Q: Is there a cut-off date to receive the upcoming book and to participate in the upcoming month’s discussion? A: Yes. Please subscribe by the 20th of the month to receive following month’s book and join in the chat with its author. For example, to receive our March book, make sure to subscribe by February 20.
Q: How do you choose your books? A: There are several ways that books are chosen. Our favorite is when someone we really trust tells us that they’ve come across a book that was earth-shattering. An example of this is Cheryl Strayed recommending The Chronology of Water. Another is when there’s a specific book that we’re really interested in and we think our readers will be interested in. One thing you can always be certain of is that we will never make a decision based on anything other than quality. But of course we will sometimes choose books that aren’t as good as we had hoped and we will miss books we should have chosen or two books will come out in the same month and we’ll only get to choose one.
Q: Is it true there are plans to start a poetry book club? A: It has happened! The Rumpus Poetry Book Club is in effect.
Q: Are there refunds. A: No. But it’s easy to cancel your subscription, and we’ll tell you what books we will be choosing as far in advance as possible.
Q: How do I find out about times for the Book Club chat with the author and stuff like that? A: We send announcements through our Book Club Announcement Google group (different from the discussion group) and Poetry Book Club Google group. If you joined that book club but didn’t get an invitation to the announcement group please send an email to [email protected]. It’s not mandatory to join the announcement group or the discussion group.