The Rumpus Book Club

Update: We also have a Rumpus Poetry Book Club.

How The Rumpus Book Club Works: You pay $25 a month ($42 for international) 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 invited to a 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 this one).

You don’t have to participate in the discussion or review the book, you could just subscribe to receive a new, unpublished book every month.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. Sometimes the books will be large hardcovers like the 1,000 page hardcover The Instructions by Adam Levine. Some books featured in the book club include The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch,  Vicky Swanky Is A Beauty by Diane Williams, Tenth of December by George Saunders, and Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

It’s neat because we’re going to have a discussion about new books, rather than waiting to be told what books are approved for cultural consumption. It used to be that only people in the media got advance copies of books but that wall has come down quite a bit. Now everybody’s a reviewer.

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FAQ:

Q: Who do I contact for customer service? A: Brian@therumpus.net.

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 $42 a month.

Q: I don’t like Paypal. Can I pay by check? A: Yes, but only for year-long subscriptions. Make checks out to The Rumpus. Send $290 domestic or $440 international to: The Rumpus, 513 Valencia St. #11, San Francisco, CA 94110.

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, which will be released from Hawthorne House, a great small press, April 2011. Another is when there’s a specific book that we’re really interested in and we think our readers will be interested in, that’s why we chose Richard Yates by Tao Lin. When we think a book is particularly controversial we’ll usually discuss it with the book club members first in our book club discussion group.

One thing you can always be certain of is that we will never make a decision based on the price of the book or 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 0nly get to choose one. It’s an imperfect system, we are a small operation.

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 tell you what books we choose 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 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 Isaac@therumpus.net. It’s not mandatory to join the announcement group or the discussion group.

Q: What happened to the comments on the book club? A: We moved the book club URL. You can read the original discussion here.

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