PEN Center USA's book club meets monthly at The Edison in downtown Los Angeles. Our intimate book club offers the local literary community with the opportunity to engage with others while discussing works of fiction that celebrate diverse voices and important stories.
All meetings are free and open to the public, and feature signature cocktails inspired by our monthly pick, a lively conversation with a special host, and the occasional guest author.
Please note that The Edison is located in an alley and has a dress code. Parking is available in the surrounding paid lots.
Contact Rachelle Yousuf, head of membership, at email@example.com with any questions.
“It felt good to say the word fat."
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
6 PM - 8 PM
Happy Hour & Book Discussion
Specialty cocktails will be offered all night.
Happy hour prices available.
Free and open to all, members and non-members:
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108 W 2nd St, #101
Los Angeles, CA 90012
“Fight Club meets Margaret Atwood”
"Dietland resonated with the part of me that wants, just once, to deck a street harasser... Which is to say, sometimes I forget I am angry, but I am. Dietland is a complicated, thoughtful and powerful expression of that same anger."
—Annalisa Quinn, NPR
For more information, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hate U Give
All Grown Up
Past Book Club Events:
This month's Book Club is co-sponsored by Lambda Literary
Join PEN Center USA and The Edison for our March book club!
Join us on March 1st to imbibe and discuss Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
6 PM - 8 PM Happy Hour and Book Discussion
“A young American involved with both a woman and a man. . . . Baldwin writes of these matters with unusual candor and yet with such dignity and intensity.” —The New York Times
Members of The Edison Book Club receive a 15% discount when purchasing the current book club title at Skylight Books.
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We are thrilled to announce that Gil L. Robertson IV and Dan Lopez will be our March book club leaders!
Gil L. Robertson IV is co-founder and President of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the premier body of Black film critics in the world and produces the annual AAFCA Awards, an important event on the Hollywood Awards Calendar. He is a veteran journalist and best selling author who has edited/written 3 successful anthologies, Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African American Community (2013), Family Affair: What it Means to be African American Today (2008), selected as “Pick of the Week” by Publisher’s Weekly and the classic Not in My Family: AIDS in the African American Community. Robertson is also the author of Writing as a Tool of Empowerment, a resource book for aspiring journalists, and a regular contributor to The African American Almanac (Gale Press). He earned a B.A. degree in Political Science from Cal State Los Angeles and is a professional member of the National Press Club, The National Association of Black Journalists, The National Academy of Recording Arts & Science, The National Academy of Television Arts and Science and MPAA.
Dan Lopez is the author of The Show House, named a Best Book of 2016 by Chicago Review of Books, and Part the Hawser, Limn the Sea, a Lambda Literary Finalist for Debut Fiction. His work has most recently appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Storychord, Time Out New York, The Nervous Breakdown and Lambda Literary. He lives in Los Angeles.
"There is no book more important to me than this one." - Alice Walker
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
“This is a beautiful novel about soulfulness. That it should be so is a tribute to Hurston's skill. She makes 'culture' — that slow and particular and artificial accretion of habit and circumstance — seem as natural and organic and beautiful as the sunrise. She allows me to indulge in what Philip Roth once called 'the romance of oneself,' a literary value I dislike and yet, confronted with this beguiling book, cannot resist." - Zadie Smith
We are thrilled to announce that Melissa Chadburn will be our January book club leader!
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"Jade Chang’s debut novel is a heartbreaking, hilarious, and honest American epic: a road trip that’s an ultimate escape from our parents’ American dream, toward an unknown destination that’s both more vulnerable and hopeful.”
THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD
PEN Center USA and The Edison present the October book club selection! Join us on October 20th to imbibe and discuss this month's selection, The Wangs vs. The World* by Jade Chang, a Fall 2016 Barnes & Noble Discover Pick.
(5 PM-7 PM The Edison's Happy Hour)
"This book is both terrifying and terrific."
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For reservations: www.edisondowntown.com
or (213) 613-0000
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PEN Center USA and The Edison present the October book club selection! Join us on October 20th to imbibe and discuss this month's selection, The Vegetarian* by Han Kang, winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.