top of page

Book Club

HOW IT WORKS

Order the book and you'll automatically be enrolled in book club.

We'll email you to let you know when your book comes in.

Before the event, we'll email you a reminder that book club's coming up. 

Bada bing, bada boom!

WHAT TO EXPECT

Book clubs will be led by one of the store owners and will be an interactive group discussion.

 

  • The store will be closed for regular shopping during book club  so please don’t be late

  • 15% discount on books (no merch or prints) up to 30 minutes after the event

  • Buying the book online is your "ticket"

  • When you arrive for book club, check in at the desk with your name

WHAT TO BRING

We encourage you to bring your own fold-out chair or cushion for the floor. Our small shop has limited space and limited seating options.

Feel free to bring non-alcoholic beverages, but please avoid bringing snacks.​

caterpillar-transparent.png

PERFUME & PAIN

By Anna Dorn

Wednesday, June 26th

7:00pm-8:00pm

Literary Fiction - LGBTQ+ 

Having recently moved both herself and her formidable perfume bottle collection into a tiny bungalow in Los Angeles, mid-list author Astrid Dahl finds herself back in the Zoom writer’s group she cofounded, Sapphic Scribes, after an incident that leaves her and her career lightly canceled. But she temporarily forgets all that by throwing herself into a few sexy distractions—like Ivy, a grad student researching 1950s lesbian pulp who smells like metallic orchids, or her new neighbor, Penelope, who smells like patchouli.

Penelope, a painter living off Urban Outfitters settlement money, immediately ingratiates herself in Astrid’s life, bonding with her best friends and family, just as Astrid and Ivy begin to date in person. Astrid feels judged and threatened by Penelope, a responsible older vegan, but also finds her irresistibly sexy.

When Astrid receives an unexpected call from her agent with the news that actress and influencer Kat Gold wants to adapt her previous novel for TV, Astrid finally has a chance to resurrect her waning career. But the pressure causes Astrid’s worst vice to rear its head—the Patricia Highsmith, a blend of Adderall, alcohol, and cigarettes—and results in blackouts and a disturbing series of events.

Unapologetically feminine yet ribald, steamy yet hilarious, Anna Dorn has crafted an exquisite homage to the lesbian pulp of yore, reclaiming it for our internet and celebrity-obsessed world. With notes of Southern California citrus and sultry smokiness, Perfume and Pain is a satirical romp through Hollywood and lesbian melodrama.

Curret book club sessons

IN TONGUES

By Thomas Grattan

Thursday, June 27th

7:00pm-8:00pm

Literary Fiction - LGBTQ+

 

It’s 2001, and twenty-four-year-old Gordon—handsome, sensitive, and eager for direction—takes a bus from Minnesota to New York City because it’s the only place for a young gay man to go. As he begins to settle into the city’s punishing rhythm, he gets a job walking rich Manhattanites’ dogs. But it isn’t until he stumbles into the West Village brownstone of two of his clients, the powerful gallery owners Phillip and Nicola, that Gordon learns how much the world has hidden from him—and what he’s capable of doing in order to get it for himself.

A lush, heart-quickening novel about family and art, sex and class, and the terror of self-discovery, Thomas Grattan’s In Tongues chronicles Gordon’s perilous pursuit of belonging from the Midwest to New York and, later, to Europe and Mexico City. As he floats further into Phillip and Nicola’s exclusive universe, and as lines blur between employee, muse, lover, and mentor, Gordon’s charm, manipulation, and growing ambition begin to escape his own control, in turn threatening to unravel the lives, and lies, of those around him.

Anchored by winsome lyricism, glinting intellect, and a main character whose yearnings and mistakes come to feel like our own, In Tongues crackles with fierce longing and pointed emotion, further confirming Grattan as a rare chronicler of young adulthood’s joys and devastations.

bottom of page