Folkland Book Club featuring books from Small Press Distribution

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Join us for a monthly book club featuring titles from Small Press Distribution. Pick up a free copy of our March book at the February Book Club meeting (2/27), or at the Main Library Reference desk starting on February 28 while supplies last.



Literary Nonfiction. "Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color." A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue, while folding in, and responding to, the divergent voices and preoccupations of such generative figures as Wittgenstein, Sei Shonagon, William Gass and Joan Mitchell. BLUETS further confirms Maggie Nelson's place within the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists.

In 2015, the editors of Bookforum included BLUETS on their list of 10 of their favorite books over the past two decades. 

Maggie Nelson is a writer, poet and scholar. Her book The Argonauts (2015) won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. Nelson has also been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, a Creative Capital Literature Fellowship, a NEA Fellowship in Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, and an Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant.


Our Book Club moderator, Nirvana Shahriar is a senior undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. A lover of language and literature, she studies English and Linguistics. Her love for language, and interest in both the written and spoken word has led her to facilitate classes at UC Berkeley that are structured around literature, like book clubs. Experienced in facilitating and leading discussion, Nirvana is looking forward to more literary reads with new folks and faces.




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