Folkland Book Club featuring books from Small Press Distribution

Cover of July's Book Club Pick: The Faerie Devouring

Join us for a monthly book club featuring titles from Small Press Distribution. Pick up a free copy of our July book at the June Book Club meeting on 6/26, or at the Main Library Reference desk starting on June 27 while supplies last.


A modern-day fable and feminist bildungsroman, THE FAERIE DEVOURING tells the story of the sprite, her absent mother (who dies in childbirth), and a brood of fatherless boys all raised by Gramma, a stalwart matriarch and wicked faerie godmother. From her rural childhood with its crudeness and toil to an urban rebellion with its glittering pleasures, the sprite struggles with and ultimately overcomes the burden of genealogy. A literary spell cast by the daring and critically-acclaimed Quebecois author Catherine Lalonde and reimagined by the award-winning poet and translator Oana Avasilichioaei, this feral incantation comes alive through disenchantment, desire, phantasmagoria, defiant imagination, and unruly language.

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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