Posts Tagged: The Rumpus Book Club

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Jensen Beach

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The Rumpus Book Club chats with Jensen Beach about his short story collection Swallowed by the Cold, suburbia in Sweden, quiet racism, and writing a series of connected short stories.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Martin Seay

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The Rumpus Book Club chats with Martin Seay about his debut novel The Mirror Thief, the Great Work of alchemy, researching optical prosthetics, and keeping plot lines straight in a 600-page novel.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Zoe Zolbrod

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The Rumpus Book Club chats with Zoe Zolbrod about her new book The Telling, pushing against victim narratives, how the conversation surrounding sexual abuse has evolved, and the melding of research with memoir.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Paul Lisicky

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The Rumpus Book Club talks with Paul Lisicky about his new book The Narrow Door>/em>, how much of your story you own, and the importance of reading your own work aloud.

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Hilton Als on the Vice Podcast Show

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If you didn’t get the chance to take part in our Rumpus Book Club chat with White Girls author Hilton Als, don’t worry. Read the transcript, and then check out his interview with Reihan Salam for the Vice Podcast Show. They have an engrossing and fearless conversation about gender and race—plus it’s fun to put a face […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. An excerpt was […]

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Notable San Francisco, This Week: 9/27-10/3

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This week in San Francisco: The Rumpus Book Club meets IRL, Litquake!, art at Benders, Litquake (Ferlinghetti style), and Barely Published Authors (AKA Litquake!). Monday 9/27: Are you a member of The Rumpus Book Club yet?  Want to “audit” the class before you commit to the reading assignments?  Tonight at the Booksmith, the book club […]

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Surf Guru Notes, #3

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Rumpus Book Club Member John Francisconi with thoughts on July’s Book Club pick, The Surf Guru by Doug Dorst. The Surf Guru is simply, and rather consistently, great. It’s a story collection I’d gladly recommend to anyone, without hesitation. I finished the book in one long stretch. Here are my impressions of the book’s concluding […]

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