We are thrilled to invite you to join our new BOOK CLUB! We’ll be reading books that engage with death, dying, loss, and grief- fiction, non-fiction, you name it!
We’ll be meeting virtually via Zoom to discuss the books together! Through this book club, we hope to be in community with each other as we continue to learn, consider new perspectives, appreciate the endeavors of scholars and artists, and talk about death and see how that shifts our relationship with ourselves, each other, and life.
For our first book, we’ll be meeting on the weekends of:
(TBD if we will meet Saturdays or Sundays)
Our first book club reading is:
REBELLIOUS MOURNING: The Collective Work of Grief,
Edited by Cindy Milstein
We can bear almost anything when it is worked through collectively. Grief is generally thought of as something personal and insular, but when we publicly share loss and pain, we lessen the power of the forces that debilitate us, while at the same time building the humane social practices that alleviate suffering and improve quality of life for everyone. Addressing tragedies from Fukushima to Palestine, incarceration to eviction, AIDS crises to border crossings, and racism to rape, the intimate yet tenacious writing in this volume shows that mourning can pry open spaces of contestation and reconstruction, empathy and solidarity. With contributions from Claudia Rankine, Sarah Schulman, David Wojnarowicz, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, David Gilbert, and thirty-two others. Also includes a 32-page color insert featuring artists like Jet Chalk, Oree Originol, Melanie Cervantes and Jesus Barraza, and more.
During this time of multiple on-going genocides, pandemics, and mass loss, we can not think of a more timely and necessary book to read and discuss. We know many of you requested this as well, so we’re excited to get started with it!
AKPress is generously offering a 30% off discount code when you order directly from them! We’ll share this with folks after you sign up!
To join our book club and vote on days/times to meet, fill out our sign up form here:
Whether you are a death care worker or just someone who leans a little macabre, all are welcome to join. We strive to make this an accessible event, so when signing up, please feel welcome to include any resources that would be valuable for you.
We look forward to reading and conversing with you!