Literary Fiction Book Club
The Literary Fiction Book Club has been meeting at Towne since the mid-2010s and is led by longtime Towne customer Kathy. The Literary Fiction Book Club reads exclusively fiction but across a variety of subgenres and most of the club’s selections have won prestigious literary awards and some have been New York Times and Indie Bestsellers. Selections are voted on by members of the group as a whole.
Literary Fiction Book Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm.
Upcoming Meetings and Selections
Thursday, September 9, 2021: Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
August 2021: Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
July 2021: Spring by Ali Smith
June 2021: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
May 2021: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
April 2021: Deacon King Kong by James McBride
March 2021: Flights by Olga Tokarczuk
February 2021: Eight Months on Ghazzah Street by Hilary Mantel
January 2021: The Other Americans by Laila Lalami
December 2020: Orange World by Karen Russell
November 2020: The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen
October 2020: Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry
September 2020: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
WINNER OF THE 2020 PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR DEBUT NOVEL.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER
"One of the funniest books of the year. . . . A delicious, ambitious Hollywood satire." —The Washington Post
From Man Booker Prize Finalist Ali Smith comes the third novel in her Seasonal Quartet—a New York Times Notable Book and longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2020
New York Times Bestseller | A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick | A New York Times Book Review Notable Book | TIME Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2019
A #1 New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year, and soon to be a major motion picture, this unforgettable novel of love and strength in the face of war has enthralled a generation.
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction
Winner of the Gotham Book Prize
One of Barack Obama's "Favorite Books of the Year"
Oprah's Book Club Pick
Named one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and TIME Magazine
A Washington Post Notable Novel
WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE
A visionary work of fiction by "A writer on the level of W. G. Sebald" (Annie Proulx)
(This book cannot be returned.)
When Frances Shore moves to Saudi Arabia, she settles in a nondescript sublet, sure that common sense and an open mind will serve her well with her Muslim neighbors. But in the dim, airless flat, Frances spends lonely days writing in her diary, hearing the sounds of sobs through the pipes from the floor above, and seeing the flitting shadows of men on the stairwell.
***2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST***
Winner of the Arab American Book Award in Fiction
Finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Fiction
Finalist for the California Book Award
Longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize
A Los Angeles Times bestseller
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:
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Shortlisted for the 2017 International Man Booker Prize - Shortlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award - Even by his high standards, his magnificent new novel The Unseen is Jacobsen's finest to date, as blunt as it is subtle and is easily among the best books I have ever read.―Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR • “A darkly incantatory tragicomedy of love and betrayal ... Beautifully paced, emotionally wise.” —The Boston Globe
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • In this Pulitzer Prize-winning follow-up to The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys unjustly sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.