Virtual International Literature Book Club
Join us on Zoom for now to discuss recent works written by foreign authors. Expand your literary sensibilities! If you're interested, click on the registration link below to receive an invitation with the joining link to participate. We generally meet every third Wednesday evening of the month. Please either order your books here online or call the store at 435-619-8200 to special order copies.
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Our selected titles for the remaining months of 2021 are:
February - "Arid Dreams" by Duanwad Pimwana (thirteen stories that explore race, gender, and disillusionment in working-class Thailand . . . THAILAND). We currently have 2 copies available in the store.
March - "Afrotopia" by Felwine Sarr (an examination of Africa's unique communal values and landscape of traditions, culling from the works of African intellectuals, artists, and musicians . . . SENEGAL). We currently have 4 copies available in the store.
April - "Princess Bari" by Hwang Sok-yong (the story of a young girl who escapes famine and death in 1990s North Korea . . . SOUTH KOREA). We currently have 1 copy available in the store.
May - "Dressed for a Dance in the Snow: Women's Voices from the Gulag" by Monika Zgustova (an unexpectedly uplifting account of women's suffering and resilience in Stalin's forced labor camps, diligently transcribed in the kitchens and living rooms of nine survivors . . . CZECHOSLOVAKIA/RUSSIA). We currently have 5 copies available in the store.
June - "The Siege of Troy" by Theodor Kallifatides (Bombs fall over a Greek village during World War II, and a teacher takes her students to a cave for shelter. There she tells them about another war when the Greeks besieged Troy. A unique retelling of The Illiad . . . GREECE). We currently have 7 copies in the store.
July - "The Book of Disappearance" by Ibtisam Azem (What if all the Palestinians in Israel simply disappeared one day? What would happen next? How would Israelis react? These unsettling questions are posed in Azem's powerfully imaginative novel . . . PALESTINE/ISRAEL). We currently have 2 copies in the store.
August - "Agaat" by Marlene van Niekerk (an exploration of the changing relationship between a wealthy white woman and her Black maidservant as their country goes through an entire shift . . . SOUTH AFRICA).
September - "Behind the Beautiful Forevers" by Katherine Boo (a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving for a better life in a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near Mumbai . . . INDIA).
October - "On Fragile Waves" by E. Lily Yu (the haunting story of an Afghan family of dreamers and tale tellers looking for home in an unwelcoming world as one girl migrates from war to peace . . . AFGHANISTAN).
November - "The Phone Booth at the Edge of the World" by Laura Imai Messina (When Yui loses both her mother and her daughter in the tsunami of March 11, 2011, she begins to mark the passage of time from that date onward and comes to terms with her grief by joining so many others in speaking to her loved ones using an old, disused telephone booth in a man's garden . . . JAPAN).
December - "When the Apricots Bloom" by Gina Wilkinson and "The Reckoning" by Tanya Parker Mills (Both stories reveal the tyrannical regime of Saddam Hussein and the humanity at the center of the conflict . . . IRAQ). Note: The latter title must be purchased in the store, but there are plenty of copies.
*If you are interested in buying any of the above titles, either to participate in the book club or for your own pleasure and enlightenment, please order below or put your order in at our cash counter in person or over the phone. In case we encounter difficulties ordering any of the above titles, we will select others as needed.
**For lists of past picks, plus our picks for 2022, please see the attached PDF documents below.