November 3, 2015
Melville House partners with Brooklyn Roasting Company to launch new book club
by Chad Felix
Good news! As you may have already heard, Melville House has teamed up with Brooklyn Roasting Company to get totally ripped on coffee and books in a safe space among friends on a regular basis.
Yep, that’s right, we’ve started a book club, and our neighbors at Brooklyn Roasting Company have agreed to help out, providing us with a warm café and highly-caffeinated beverages.
If this sounds like your scene, reader, well, you are absolutely right: this is your scene. It totally is. I was at the last meeting, and I remember thinking: Chad, this is your scene. I was talking to myself at the time, but, now, I am talking to you. I say it with confidence now, over and over.
Let me paint you a picture of our last meeting: several mortals—in a fever, in jubilation, in collective caffeination—gathered to discuss Kate Chopin’s seminal, sensual proto-feminist classic The Awakening. In addition to the coffee, black as night, we ate brownies and blondies and lemon cake (it was co-host Rebecca’s birthday week, after all). A candle was blown out (again, birthday), and the following items were discussed (rather eloquently, I might add):
- Parenting (is it bad?)
- Excellent narrative pacing
- A bird with a broken wing that flops around in the air for a bit and then falls into the ocean
- The ocean
- A lack of subtlety
- The ocean again!
- Cigars, cigarettes, the differences between the two
But that, I should say, is a mere summary of the goodness that came from within us and without us that night, October 15th, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Now, the point to be made: It’s happening again — and soon! On November 19th, the group meets again, this time to discuss The Dialogue of the Dogs, Miguel de Cervantes’s weird and wild tale of a syphilis-laden man who, outside his hospital, overhears two mutts sharing their life stories.
So, will you be there when the good in us comes out? Yes, you will. Is that a weird thing to ask? Yes, it is. Please RSVP on Facebook.
Chad Felix is the Director of Library and Academic Marketing at Melville House, and a former bookseller.