What we do.
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What we like.
For diverse literary reads: PEN WCUNIV Book Club
Formerly known as The Edison Book Club, the literary nonprofit PEN America used to hold this book club in a dark and cozy nook of The Edison in downtown L.A. over specialty cocktails inspired by the featured book! That’s changing in 2019. PEN America’s website has yet to be updated, but the series is making the move to Blu Elefant Café, with the January event featuring Ingrid Rojas Contreras’ Fruit of the Drunken Tree. The speakeasy vibe of The Edison will be no longer, but but there’ll still be food and drinks available for order — and good discussions led by a different member of the literary community in L.A. Cost: Free, BYOB (buy your own book).
Due to some of the topics we may discuss and the fact that we have wine at these, our meetings are only open to adults, aged 21 and up.
Our normal Meetup day is the first Thursday of the month at 7pm although we occasionally change it to the second Thursday.
We would like to extend a special thank you to Alice Wong who started this club.
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……..Below are some of the books we have read……
January, February, March 2021
True Grit by Charles Portia
Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement by Devery S. Anderson
The Lost City of Z by David Grann
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
The North Water by Ian McGuire
Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
America: A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story by John Berendt
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Life with Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Where’d you go, Bernadette: A Novel by Maria Semple
The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison
The Four Agreements by Miguel Angel Ruiz
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Good Things Happened Today by Christopher Atwood
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Art of War by Sun Tzu
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Blind Assassin: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard