First of all I’ve just sent out an email with details of the next few meetings and a couple of events that are coming up – if you have provided your email address but haven’t received the email do check your junk mail folder, and if its not there email a reminder to the book group email address email@example.com
And if you aren’t on the email list yet but would like to be receiving updates then email the book group email address firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add you.
Here are details of meeting dates and books for the next few months. More info on each of the books is at the bottom of this email. I’ll be sending out a reminder before each meeting.
June – no meeting – but note the Bristol Book Group Anniversary Event below
July – Thursday 9th July – “Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You” by Peter Cameron
August – Tuesday 4th August –“ Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides
September – Tuesday 1st September – “The City and The Pillar” by Gore Vidal
In terms of venue the pub last week was slightly noisy perhaps because there were more people out with the sunny weather. So venue for future meetings remains to be confirmed – I’ll send out nearer to the time once I’ve made a decision!
Bristol Gay Men’s Book Group 10th Anniversary Event – Friday 19th June
Foyles bookshop Bristol with the author of The Emperor Waltz present – Philip Hensher
Drinks Reception from 6.45pm, Q&A with Philip from 7.30 – 8.30pm, event ends 8.45pm, there may well be drinks in a nearby bar afterwards
RSVP email@example.com by June 12th
GlosPride 2015 will be on Saturday 13th June in Gloucester Park, Gloucester from 12pm to 6pm. The Parade leads off from Westgate Bar and Lounge at 12.15pm!
More Info on the Books
More info on the books description taken from Amazon:
“Someday This Pain Will be Useful to You” by Peter Cameron
It’s time for eighteen-year-old James Sveck to begin his freshman year at Brown. Instead, he’s surfing the real-estate listings, searching for a sanctuary – a nice farmhouse in Kansas, perhaps. Although James lives in twenty first-century Manhattan, he’s more at home in the faraway worlds of Eric Rohmer or Anthony Trollope – or his favourite writer, the obscure and tragic Denton Welch. James’s sense of dislocation is exacerbated by his wilfully self-absorbed parents, a disdainful sister, his cryptic shrink, and an increasingly vague, D-list celebrity grandmother. Compounding matters is James’s growing infatuation with a handsome male colleague at the art gallery his mother owns, where James supposedly works at his summer job but actually plots his escape to the prairies. In the tradition of The Catcher in the Rye, Peter Cameron paints an indelible portrait of a teenage hero holding out for a better grown-up world.
“ Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides
‘I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day of January 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of l974.’
So begins the breathtaking story of Calliope Stephanides and her truly unique family secret, born on the slopes of Mount Olympus and passed on through three generations.
Growing up in 70s Michigan, Calliope’s special inheritance will turn her into Cal, the narrator of this intersex, inter-generational epic of immigrant life in 20th century America.
Middlesex won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
“The City and The Pillar” by Gore Vidal
Jim Willard, former high-school athlete and clean-cut boy-next-door-, is haunted by the memory of a romantic adolescent encounter with his friend Bob Ford. As Jim pursues his first love, in awe of the very same masculinity he possesses himself, his progresses through the secret gay world of 1940’s America unveils surreptitious Hollywood affairs, the hidden life of the military in the Second World War and the underworld bar culture of New York City.
With the publication of his daring third novel The City and the Pillar in 1948, Gore Vidal shocked the American public, which has just begun to hail him as their newest and brightest young writer. It remains not only an authentic and profoundly important social document but also a serious exploration of the nature of idealistic love.