Hey y’all! It’s been a while. I fell off of facilitating Book Club at the end of summer/early fall while my life was messy. Thank you to @Jolie_Ze and @Harold for working to keep that torch aloft when I dropped it. There have been attempts (mostly by Ryeder) to rekindle Book Club, but it petered out in the past few months.
I want to relight the torch.
This conviction brings questions:
- Do y’all want Book Club back?
- Where would we start?
- Where would we go?
- When would we do it?
Only you can answer number 1. I have some thoughts on the others.
For those of you who haven’t experienced Book Club: we don’t follow the typical “book club” format. In other book clubs, people have to read a specific section of the book before the meeting time, and then the club discusses that section.
That’s way too much work (and specifically, executive function) for most of us.
For our Book Club, all you have to do is get the book and show up. We read through the book together, aloud, in real-time. Whenever someone wants to talk about something we just read, or wants let something sink in, or just wants to breathe for a minute, they call “pause” and we pause. We discuss. We consider. We wiggle. We breathe.
We’ve been reading Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown. When we stopped, we were in the middle of the second-to-last chapter, Tools for Emergent Strategy Facilitation. It’s a really wonderful and insigtful chapter, but I’d like to wind us back to a slightly jucier chapter to get us started. I want to restart at the top of Spells and Practices for Emergent Strategy.
What do y’all think? What do you want?
What will we read after Emergent Strategy? I got stuck on this question pretty hard, and that was a big part of me not reviving Book Club sooner.
Many people made wonderful suggestions, such as @AL0YSI0US’ AMAZING and comprehensive book list. I’m especialy interested in We Will Not Cancel Us (adrienne maree brown), My Grandmother’s Hands (Resmaa Marnakem), and Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment (Leticia Nieto et al).
If you feel overwhelmed (like I have) looking at this list of amazing books, take a few breaths. This is all for fun and expanding our minds.
I propose that once we finish Emergent Strategy, we read We Will Not Cancel Us. After that, we could:
- continue in the vein of adrienne maree brown, or
- pick from the list. (Should I make a separate Discourse post just for keeping track of book suggestions for Book Club? It seems like it might be the most centralised and easily-updated method.)
It looks like Monday & Tuesday after 1PM PST and Wednesday after 2PM PST are pretty open. Book Club meetings have typically been an hour and a half. I propose 1:30 - 3 PM PST on Mondays. Does that sound good to y’all? If not, I’ve spun up a poll to see when would be good. (I recommend switching it from “Table” view to “Calendar” view.)
I miss Book Club. I specifically miss spending chill, insightful time discussing thoughts and feelings with all of you. I’m sorry it took me this long to spin back up. As/if it returns, I want to find at least one other person who is comfortable facilitating so Book Club’s existence isn’t quite so tied to my well-being.