Posts Tagged: The Rumpus Book Club

Book Club Love

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In a post titled “The New Golden Age of Online Book Clubs,” Flavorwire shouts out the Rumpus Book Club as one of many sites using new technology to recreate the age-old pleasure of talking about books.

(For an example of the joys of our book club, see today’s chat with Matthew Specktor, whose novel American Dream Machine book club subscribers got to read before it came out in bookstores.)

Thanks, Flavorwire, we love you back!

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“The Sickest, Most Controversial Book of Summer 2013…”

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according to Cosmopolitan won’t officially be out until July 2, but as it’s our pick for The Rumpus Book Club this month, members are already reading it. The book is Alissa Nutting’s Tampa, and Cosmo editor Jessica Knoll interviewed the author about, among other things, what pushed her to write a book about “beautiful, married, 26-year-old middle school teacher Celeste Price [who] unapologetically chronicles her seduction of one of her 14-year-old students.”

Sound like a book you’d like to read?

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How Books Clubs Went Indie

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“Forty-something Betsy Birdsall jokes that she likes the Rumpus group because it enables her to hang out in her bathrobe and slippers while pretending she has friends. She says Elliot encouraged her to get active with the club’s discussion group. ‘This is the first online community I’ve been a part of,’ Birdsall, a paralegal from Agoura, California, said.

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Praise For Dispatch From The Future

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This month’s Rumpus Book Club selection – Leigh Stein’s Dispatch from the Future - gets an outstanding review from Guernica Magazine:

“Stein’s poems are the very perfect product of a frenetic in-between culture where knowledge is currency but also poverty, and its artistic output is underscored by a perennial ennui—like the girl in high school who wears a black beret and talks about death all the time.”

Also, be sure to watch the trailer for, as well as The Rumpus’ own Brian Spears reading from, Stein’s book here.

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Fall’s Rumpus Book Club Selections

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The Rumpus Book Club is proudly presenting Zipper Mouth, Laurie Weeks’s debut novel as our October pick. Published by the Feminist Press, it tells the story of a New York junkie, along with the “exalted night-club epiphanies” and “devastating morning-after hangovers.” And the book comes with a ringing endorsement from Michelle Tea.

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