Wednesday, 12:30 pm EST - 2:00 pm EST January 13, 2021
The Literarians is a free monthly discussion group open to members of The Center. Led by our head librarian Allison Escoto, The Literarians read a wide variety of contemporary fiction. New participants are welcome throughout the year!
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Indelicacy by Amina Cain
- Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami
- A Burning by Megha Majumdar
- The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
- Deacon King Kong by James McBride
- Apeirogon by Colum McCann
- Milkman by Anna Burns
- Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
- Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
- The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
- Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
- Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
- The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
- Normal People by Sally Rooney
- The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
- On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
- Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
- Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
- The Burning Girl by Claire Messud
- An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
New Yorker by way of New Orleans, Allison Escoto received her BA in Creative Writing from SUNY New Paltz and closed out the 90s as a bookseller in Greenwich Village. After several years in publishing, she pursued and received her MLS from Queens College. Since then she has worked as a librarian for 15 years in various libraries in and around NYC and has been moonlighting as a poet and copywriter. She is the Associate Editor for Newtown Literary Journal, a publication dedicated to featuring writers from her beloved Queens.
By Amina Cain
Published by FSG
In a strangely ageless world somewhere between Emily Dickinson and David Lynch (Blake Butler), a cleaning woman at a museum of art nurtures aspirations to do more than simply dust the paintings around her. She dreams of having the liberty to explore them in writing, and so must find a way to win herself the time and security to use her mind. She escapes her lot by marrying a rich man, but having gained a husband, a house, high society, and a maid, she finds that her new life of privilege is no less constrained. Not only has she taken up different forms of time-consuming labor—social and erotic—but she is now, however passively, forcing other women to clean up after her. Perhaps another and more drastic solution is necessary?
Reminiscent of a lost Victorian classic in miniature, yet taking equal inspiration from such modern authors as Jean Rhys, Octavia Butler, Clarice Lispector, and Jean Genet, Amina Cain’s Indelicacy is at once a ghost story without a ghost, a fable without a moral, and a down-to-earth investigation of the barriers faced by women in both life and literature. It is a novel about seeing, class, desire, anxiety, pleasure, friendship, and the battle to find one’s true calling.
About this series
Whether you’re looking to catch up on great novels or you’re interested in exploring a new writer or literary period, our reading groups offer high-level literary discussion led by experts in the field.
Experimental Writing for Non-Experimental Writers with Porochista Khakpour (Sold Out)$150
Saturday & Sunday 2:00 pm EST - 5:00 pm EST December 5 to December 6, 2020
Beyond the Tropes: Race and African American Character in Speculative Fiction with Marc L Abbott
Three Sessions via Zoom Sundays, 12:00 pm EST - 1:30 pm EST January 10 to March 7, 2021
Virginia Woolf: Modernist Master with Anne E. Fernald (Sold Out)
Four Sessions via Zoom Mondays, 6:00 pm EST - 7:30 pm EST January 11 to April 12, 2021
Joyce Before Ulysses: Exploring Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man with William Mottolese (Sold Out)
Four Sessions via Zoom Thursdays, 6:00 pm EST - 7:30 pm EST January 21 to April 22, 2021