Short novels and short stories. Only five books per season. Meetings every other month. This is not your usual* book club. Each meeting of the LBCW will focus on a short work of literature that uniquely lends itself to a facilitated discussion focused on, but not limited to, the elements of style & craft. Structure, theme, characterization, dialogue, setting/world building, voice, narrative mode etc. Anyone with a love of brief reads and an interest in the craft is welcome.
*Of course there will be wine and cookies. We’re not totally reinventing the wheel
For May, the LBCW will be discussing Victory Lap, the first story in George Saunders' short story collection Tenth of December. You are of course welcome and encouraged to read the entire collection but the discussion will focus on the aforementioned story.
In the taut opener, “Victory Lap,” a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act?
Registration through AWCS is encouraged but not required. Drop-ins welcome!