How The Rumpus Book Club Works: You pay $29 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 this).
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to participate in the exclusive author discussion or review the book; you can also just subscribe to receive a new, unpublished book every month.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. Books we’ve featured include An Untamed State by Roxane Gay, Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot, All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden, and Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn. Upcoming writers include Jenn Shapland, Paul Lisicky, Chelsea Bieker, Tracy O’Neill, Alysia Sawchyn, Lauren J. Sharkey, Alison Stine, 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.
HOLIDAY NOTE: All subscriptions purchased 11/15/19 through 12/15/19 will begin with our January 2020 selection. Holiday subscriptions purchased on or after 12/16/19 will begin with our February 2020 selection. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
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 $50 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 15th 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 15.
Q: Are there refunds? A: No. But you can cancel a monthly subscription at any time.
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.