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 through the month while we read it. You’re then invited to an exclusive moderated online discussion with the author of the book 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to participate in the exclusive author discussion or review the book; you can also just subscribe to receive a new, unpublished book every month.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 great 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 Wild by Cheryl Strayed, An Untamed State by Roxane Gay, Insurrections by Rion Amilcar Scott, Abandon Me by Melissa Febos, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby, Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot, and All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung. Upcoming writers include Esmé Weijun Wang, T. Kira Madden, Maylis de Kerangal, Nicole Dennis-Benn, and more.
You can also save money by purchasing a one-year subscription or a 6-month 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!
Please note that we do not offer international Book Club subscriptions at this time, but we hope to in the future.
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: 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 Slack and Facebook groups. If you joined that book club but didn’t get an invitation to the groups please send an email to [email protected]. It’s not mandatory to join these groups, but we do hope you’ll consider doing so and discussing the books with other members throughout the month.