Cannonball Read 10 will feature three #CannonBookClub discussions. A Wrinkle in Time will be our first, and then other discussions will follow in summer and fall. More details to follow.
Cannonball Read 10 Book Club
There are two more #CannonBookClub discussions this year, both two day periods, Friday through Saturday: June 8-9 and November 2-3.
Coming Soon: Kindred by Octavia Butler – Discussion June 8-9, 2018
Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes she realizes the challenge she’s been given.
Watch for a post from faintingviolet with suggested discussion topics in May as a reminder to finish up and food for thought.
As you read Kindred, we’d love to see which cover your edition has, or even a picture of you reading your copy! Tag your photos with #CannonBookClub on Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook, and show us.
Fall #CannonBookClub: Between the Bridge and the River by Craig Ferguson Discussion November 2-3
Two childhood friends from Scotland and two illegitimate half-brothers from the American South suffer and enjoy all manner of bizarre experiences which, as it turns out, are somehow interconnected and, surprisingly enough, meaningful. An eclectic cast of characters includes Carl Jung, Fatty Arbuckle, Virgil, Marat, Socrates, and Tony Randall. Love, greed, hope, revenge, organized religion, and Hollywood are alternately tickled and throttled. Impossible to summarize and impossible to stop reading, this is a romantic comic odyssey that actually delivers and rewards.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – Discussion – February 23-24, 2018
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The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard – Discussion – December 13, 2017
In Praise of Hatred by Khaled Khalifa – Discussion – September 13, 2017
The discussion of Khaled Khalifa’s In Praise of Hatred for the Non-Western Literary Fiction #CannonBookClub was held on September 13, 2017. You can still read and comment on the discussion post or in the CBR Facebook group.
Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies by Hadley Freeman – Discussion – June 14, 2017
The discussion for Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned from Eighties Movies by Hadley Freeman for the Non-Fiction #CannonBookClub was held on June 14, 2017.
The Devourers by Indra Das – Discussion – March 8, 2017
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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Discussion – led by faintingviolet – December 1, 2016
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie – led by faintingviolet – September 1, 2016
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis – led by faintingviolet – June 1, 2016
The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev – led by faintingviolet – March 1, 2016
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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – led by faintingviolet – March 9, 2015
On March 9, faintingviolet moderated the blog post group discussion of the popular 2014 novel, Station Eleven. Comments are still open on the post, so post to your heart’s content. Emily St. John Mandel’s fourth book, Station Eleven was nominated for the National Book Award. Check out faintiviolet’s book club introduction, and her review of the book, but we recommend you dive into the book knowing very little about the plot.
Pajiba Book Club Discussions
Pajiba hosted several book discussions over the years. Although the comments are gone from the earlier posts (Damn Disqus!), we’ve managed to find some archived content at Archive.org’s Wayback Machine. Note – those links may have broken images or other formatting issues, but the comment text should be there.
The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman – led by Steven Lloyd Wilson and Joanna Robinson – October 2013
- Introducing A Seriously Pajiban Book Club
- The inaugural meeting of the Faintest Inklings
- The Faintest Inklings Discussion Questions: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane
Shift by Hugh Howey – led by lgesin – July 2013
- Previewing Summer 2013 Pajiba Book Club Selection: Shift by Hugh Howey
- Pajiba Book Club Discussion: Shift by Hugh Howey
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – led by mswas – July 2010
- Previewing July’s Pajiba Book Club Selection | The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- The Pajiba Book Club Discussion | The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison – led by Snuggiepants – June 2010
- The Invisible Man – A Pajiba Book Club Preview (led by Snuggiepants)
- The Pajiba Book Club Discusses Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood – led by JenK – April 2010
- The Blind Assassin Preview by Margaret Atwood
- Pajiba Book Club Discussion: Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – led by Yossarian – March 2010
- The Pajiba Book Club Announces The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Pajiba Book Club Discussion: The Graveyard Book