Date and Time
May 29, 2022 6:00 pm
Starting on Sunday, May 29th, we'll be hosting a Queer Book Club led by Nathan, the Takoma Bookstore Supervisor, on the last Sunday of each month at Busboys and Poets Takoma. There we'll gather to discuss a specific book by a queer author or about a queer subject matter. This book club is for anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and wants to talk about queer books - you can also show up as an ally or if you're questioning! Show up for good food, good books, and good friends! Plus, the more frequently you show up, the more goodies (in the form of discounts and priority book-pick) you can collect.
The first book, in honor of Black Pride, will be Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde.
According to Off our Backs, "ZAMI is a fast-moving chronicle. From the author's vivid childhood memories in Harlem to her coming of age in the late 1950s, the nature of Audre Lorde's work is cyclical. It especially relates the linkage of women who have shaped her . . . Lorde brings into play her craft of lush description and characterization. It keeps unfolding page after page." You can pick it up at any Busboys bookstore or wherever books are sold, including through our Bookshop.org page.
We can’t wait to see you at our first meeting, but if you can’t make it but still want to be involved visit us on Discord! We’ll keep the conversation going between book clubs, and this is the perfect way to stay in touch with other fans of queer authors and books.
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name is a biomythography concerning the coming-of-age of poet Audre Lorde (1934-1992). This work of creative nonfiction conflates the author’s memoir—which spans from the time of her birth to her early twenties—with West Indian mythology and stories, as well as the author’s own poetry. In this way, the work exists as something other than a simple autobiography, as it emphasizes the importance of dreams, stories, and songs within the authorial development of identity. Lorde weaves her own stories with stories of yesteryear, today, and the future in this biomythography.
Nathan (they/them) is the Bookstore Supervisor at Busboys Takoma, and is thrilled to be moving and expanding their long-running Ace and Aro Book Club over to Busboys. They are an event organizer with Aces and Aros of the Mid-atlantic, which is cosponsoring this club. They are a life-long resident of Washington, DC and are most passionate about reading science fiction, horror, fantasy, queer theory, and queer romance - but this book club will not be limited by their tastes!