Our fifth Fem Book Club book is The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson! It’s another genre-defying book found somewhere between memoir and “autotheory” and is about desire, identity, art, and the limitations and possibilities of love and language. Nelson’s passionate relationship with transgender artist Harry Dodge is at the heart of The Argonauts and includes their falling in love as well as their journey to and through a pregnancy—offering a firsthand account of the complexities and joys of queer family-making. Writing in the spirit of—and often referring directly to—intellectuals like Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Nelson binds her personal experience to an exploration of what theory has to say about sexuality, gender, and the complicated institutions of marriage and childrearing.
ABOUT FEM BOOK CLUB:
Fem Book Club is an introduction to a diverse range of novels by women about women. Through informal conversation about each text we will focus on the manifold experiences of being a woman through different moments in history and across varying communities. It is an opportunity to think about and challenge what it means to be a woman and perhaps undermine any assumed universal experience by looking at how people of colour, transgender and non-binary identifying writers, or those who suffer with mental health issues have vastly different experiences of ‘feminism’ or what it is to be a ‘woman'. Your host for Fem Book Club is the Centre for Stories' Kelly Fliedner. Please, don’t hesitate to contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. This will be a friendly and relaxed environment so bring a plate to share if you like and an open frame of mind. Reading the book and participating in conversation is a must! RSVP by using the form below.
Centre for Stories preferred bookstore is Boffins. We value our local book sellers and think they are an important part of the literary community. Boffins may not stock all of the books in our book club or the authors from our events, but you can order books through them and they will tend to your needs in a timely fashion. Please visit them here. Mention our name for 10% off!
Next Fem Book Club:
BOOK #6 — Wednesday 30 August 5.30-7.30pm — Janet Frame Faces in the Water
HOW TO GET THERE
By Train : from Perth Station it is a 12-15 minute walk to the Centre for Stories.
By Bus : from Perth Busport it is also a 12-15 minute walk to Centre for Stories.
Driving: there are lots of carparks within walking distance
(i) Wilson Parking just behind us, entry off Errichetti Place which is off Zempilas Lane which runs between Newcastle Street or Aberdeen Streets. Cost: $11.00 for 1-2 hour and $2.00 per hour thereafter.
(ii) City of Perth Carpark, runs across two streets and can be entered via 104 Francis Street or 121 Aberdeen Street is a five minute walk to the Centre. Cost : $4 per hour.
(iii) City of Perth State Library Carpark on 15 Francis Street, Perth. Cost : $4 per hour.
Please see parking map below.
(Click top left hand icon to initiate, then click 'Centre for Stories')