Book Club Blog

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Carmen Maria Machado

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Carmen Maria Machado discusses her debut story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, her favorite horror writers and movies, and writing the book(s) she’s always wanted to read.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Kaveh Akbar

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Kaveh Akbar discusses his new collection Calling a Wolf a Wolf, finding community in poetry, books on craft, and mining the supernatural for poems.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Transit Books

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The founders of Transit Books discuss Wioletta Greg’s debut novel, Swallowing Mercury, and the challenges and rewards that come with starting a small independent press.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Gabrielle Calvocoressi

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Gabrielle Calvocoressi discusses her new collection Rocket Fantastic, the fluid nature of gender, and the reader as collaborator with the text.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Danzy Senna

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Danzy Senna discusses New People, inhabiting her characters without judging them, playing with the reality and surreality of identity, and pushing against traditional story arcs.

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Iris Dunkle

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Iris Jamahl Dunkle on her new collection Interrupted Geographies, writing against the pastoral tradition, the power of persona poems, and the town of Pithole.

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What We’re Reading in September!

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We are thrilled to share that our September Book Club selection is Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press, October 2017)! In this highly anticipated debut collection, Machado bends genre to shape startling narratives that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies. Earthy and otherworldly, queer and caustic, comic and deadly […]

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Achy Obejas

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Achy Obejas discusses her new collection, The Tower of the Antilles, what she’s learned from translating works of others, and why we should all read poetry every day.

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Why I Chose Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s Rocket Fantastic for the Rumpus Poetry Book Club

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Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s third collection, Rocket Fantastic, is a beautiful book which asks the reader to live in a world where gender and language are both fluid and linked together in a dance which swings, sways, and surprises at every turn. I’ve been a fan of Calvocoressi’s work for a long time, having taught both her previous books […]

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Erika L. Sánchez

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Erika L. Sánchez discusses her new collection Lessons on Expulsion, pushing back against sexism and misogyny, being a troublemaker, and donkeys.

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Get Your Signed Copy of Roxane Gay’s Hunger Today!

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Through August 15, purchase a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription or a 6-month Rumpus Book Club subscription and we’ll send you your own signed, hardcover copy of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by bestselling author—and Rumpus Essays Editor Emeritus and Advisory Board member—Roxane Gay! Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it to receive your signed copy of Hunger! […]

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What We’re Reading in August!

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We’re thrilled to announce that our August Book Club selection is Wioletta Greg’s Swallowing Mercury! In this celebrated debut from the prize-winning poet, Wiola looks back on her youth in a close-knit, agricultural community in 1980s Poland. Her memories are precise, intense, distinctive, sensual: a playfulness and whimsy rise up in the gossip of the village women, rumored visits […]

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Samantha Irby

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Samantha Irby discusses her new essay collection, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, all that comes along with writing about your life, and reading great horror books.

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Why I Chose Iris Jamahl Dunkle’s Interrupted Geographies for the Rumpus Poetry Book Club

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I still remember the time many (many) years ago, as an undergrad, when my professor dropped Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” and Sir Walter Ralegh’s response on the class and launched into a discussion of the pastoral tradition. Years later, when, as I was putting together a syllabus for a survey class, […]

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Nikki Wallschlaeger

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Nikki Wallschlaeger discusses her new collection Crawlspace, why she chose to work with the sonnet form, and how segregation in American never ended.

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What We’re Reading in July!

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We’re super excited to share that our July Book Club selection is New People by Danzy Senna! From the bestselling author of Caucasia, New People is a subversive and engrossing novel about race, class, and manners in contemporary America. Heartbreaking and darkly comic, New People is a bold and unfettered page-turner that challenges our every assumption about how we define one another, and ourselves. Marlon […]

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Gabrielle Bell

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Gabrielle Bell discusses her forthcoming graphic memoir, Everything Is Flammable, what it was like to mine her own life for subject matter, and how anxiety affects her work.

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Why I Chose Erika L. Sánchez’s Lessons on Expulsion for the Rumpus Poetry Book Club

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Before I tell you more, a quick reminder that in order to receive your copy of Lessons on Expulsion, read along with the Poetry Book Club, and participate in our exclusive chat with Erika, you’ll need to to subscribe by May 20! I want to start with these lines from Erika L. Sánchez’s poem “Crossing, which appears […]

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The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Chen Chen

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Chen Chen discusses his new collection When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, playing the game white supremacy has set up, and if God is trying and failing to be a cool dad.

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What We’re Reading in June!

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We’re excited to share that our June Book Club pick is The Tower of the Antilles by Achy Obejas! The Cubans in Obejas’s new story collection are haunted by an island: the island they fled, the island they’ve created, the island they were taken to or forced from, the island they long for, the island they return to, and the island […]

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Julie Buntin

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Julie Buntin discusses her debut novel, Marlena, the writers and books that influenced it, tackling addiction with compassion, and the magic of teenage girls.

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