Thursday, March 26, 2015

AuThursday: A Report from Our Book Clubs

Fargo-Moorhead Book Club:
What's not to love about a squirrel who is accidentally sucked up by an indoor/outdoor vacuum cleaner and miraculously turns into a superhero squirrel who writes poetry? Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventure pulls you in with its humorous exposition and hangs onto your heart with its depth, pain and beauty in regards to life, family, and the pursuit of joy. It is a perfect middle grade read, and like all of Kate DiCamillo's books, it would make for a wonderful read-aloud, too.

I also highly recommend viewing Kate DiCamillo's wonderful 2014 Newbery Medal Acceptance Speech for Flora & Ulysses here.

-Dan Dooher, Fargo-Moorhead Book Club Coordinator

Grand Forks Book Club:
For the month of March, we read Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay in anticipation of her UND Writer's Conference appearance. Bad Feminist is a collection of essays written by Gay for several websites and publications. The topics range from privilege and race to competitive Scrabble. Her writing is sharp, her wit is quick, and her voice is authentic.  She talks about serious subjects realistically - from a pragmatic point of view as much as a philosophical one. We enjoyed her take on feminism and privilege, as well as her treatise on Sweet Valley High. Roxane Gay will be speaking at the UND Writer's Conference on Friday, March 27, at 8:00 pm in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

-Andrea Scherer, Grand Forks Book Club Coordinator