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14th-Jun-2013 10:46 am(no subject)
Glee: Pezberry
Hey Everyone,

Just a reminder that we're meeting Monday, June 17th, to discuss Kate Elliott's Cold Magic. If you need to know where we meet, PM me or any mod.
Hang out at 6pm, book discussion starts at 7pm.

We need to decide what we're reading for July AND August, so bring your suggestions!

Here are some lists to jog some ideas:
Books & movies recced at the Poly 501 panel at WisCon: http://lcohen.livejournal.com/1065894.html
List of past Tiptree winners (kind of hard to read list): http://tiptree.org/award/previous-awards
List of "Tiptree books" on Goodreads, but I don't think all of these have actually won, not sure what criteria are: http://tiptree.org/award/previous-awards
List of Carl Brandon Society recommended reading lists from 2006: http://carlbrandon.org/awards2006.html
List of CBS award winners: http://carlbrandon.org/awards.html
List of SF/F YA novels featuring QUILTBAG people as main characters: http://tanuki-green.livejournal.com/329393.html
List of SF/F YA novels with non-white protagonist, author surnames A-L: http://tanuki-green.livejournal.com/329705.html
List of SF/F YA novels with non-white protagonist, author surnames M-Z: http://tanuki-green.livejournal.com/329981.html
List of multicultural SF/F YA novels, with reviews: http://charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com/p/reviews-of-multicultural-fantasy-and.html

If you can't join us in person, consider joining our Goodreads group & starting a discussion there: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/73935-beer-and-marmalade

See you there!
19th-Mar-2013 03:42 pm(no subject)
In April, we will meet to discuss the first part of Cyteen, by C.J. Cherryh. If you get the huge all-in-one tome (Cyteen is a trilogy), we're reading up through Chapter 6, which ends with a part xiv.
If you find old paperbacks where it's split out into three parts, we're reading The Betrayal, or part 1.

We decided not to read either of the Tiptree winners for May. (The Drowning Girl has a lot of discussion of suicide & schizophrenia; Ancient, Ancient is difficult to obtain at the moment.)
Instead, we will read Bloodchildren, a collection of short stories written by past recipients of the Octavia Butler Scholarship, awarded by the Carl Brandon Society to people of color to attend Clarion West.
You can buy it by donating $8.01 to the CBS's scholarship fund. You can buy it here: http://carlbrandon.org/bloodchildren.html
or: http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/book/bloodchildren

Stories on which we'll focus our discussion:
Speech Sounds by Octavia Butler
Falling into the Earth by Shweta Narayan
"Legendaire." by Kai Ashante Wilson
Re: Christmas, Bainbridge Island by Dennis Y. Ginoza

As an FYI, there's also our Goodreads group.
Glee: Santana
Last night, we met to discuss Moon Called.

For March, we will read The Female Man by Joanna Russ.
For April, we will read Cyteen by C.J. Cherryh.
In May, we intend to read whatever wins the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, as usual. (The winner hasn't been announced yet.)

As suggested last night: For historical purposes, the books that were voted on & lost:
Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
Wool by Hugh Howey
God Save the Queen by Kate Locke

Last night, those present had a brief discussion about our low attendance the past few months (3-5 people, usually 4).

If now is just a busy time for you, cool.
However, if there are things about the location that make B&M difficult for you, please let us know.

We know that last night one person didn't came because they hadn't eaten dinner & would have needed to scramble to get food elsewhere & bring it (so if we met somewhere WITH food, it would have been easier).
We also know that one person didn't come because the closest parking lots were full & they couldn't find a spot.
The three of us who were present had to park a few blocks away. During sporting event nights, it's hard to find convenient parking near where we park now.

If you haven't been to Beer & Marmalade in a while, would a change in venue make you more likely to come?
What would you want in that new venue? Food? Open-air parking lot? Not!downtown? Paid lots that always have spots? etc.?

Please respond with any locale-features you'd like. Even better, suggestions for specific locations are helpful. Please remember we need an accessible location.

We might also have seasonal locations - for example, two summers ago, one of the unions was fine while all the students were still away.
22nd-Jan-2013 09:23 am - February & March
Hi Everyone,

We met last night to discuss Here We Cross.

In February, we'll discuss Moon Called by Patricia Briggs.

In March, we'll discuss The Female Man by Joanna Russ (after voting on it monthly for almost three years!!!).

If you want to know when/where we meet, PM me or another mod.
16th-Oct-2012 07:06 am - November & December
Hi Everyone,

For November, we're still reading Highest Frontier by Joan Slonczewski.
For December, we'll be reading God's War by Kameron Hurley.

Beer & Marmalade does have a Goodreads group, which you can join: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/73935-beer-and-marmalade
Features: Shows what we're reading; you can find other people in our book club and see what else they read; you can look at the long list of every book we've ever read (movies, blog posts, and short stories aren't included).

As a reminder, if you're buying the book, you can tell A Room of One's Own that it's for this book club and receive a 10% discount.
18th-Sep-2012 08:36 am - October & November
Rei/Mina hush
For October, we are still reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.

For November, we will read Highest Frontier by Joan Slonczewski. Joan will be one of the Guests of Honor at WisCon 37. The book is new-ish, but we did check to confirm that it has come out in a mass market paperback edition.

I sometimes neglect posting in this community and the Dreamwidth one! The best way to receive up-to-date information on Beer & Marmalade is to join our e-mail list. Comment here if you'd like details.
19th-Jun-2012 10:26 am - July & August
Glee: Pezberry

For July, we're reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

For August, we're reading The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe.
29th-May-2012 01:02 pm - June & July
Glee: Pezberry
This update was sent to the e-mail list, but in case you don't get that, here are our future plans.

For June, we will read and discuss Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks. Madison Public Library has 6 copies, 5 of which are currently available. I know that some of us own copies, so if you can't get a hold of one, try the e-mail list.

For July, we will read and discuss Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. This book is kind of a brick, as a warning! According to , Madison Public library has 41 paper copies, large print, audio CDs, and downloadables.

If you'd like to know when/where we meet each month, PM me or another moderator.
17th-Apr-2012 08:29 am - May & June
Glee: Pezberry
For May, we're still reading Redwood & Wildfire by Andrea Hairston.

For June, we will read Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks.
16th-Apr-2012 10:13 am - April & May
Glee: Pezberry
Sorry for the late notice here on DW/LJ, but last month we decided to discuss Andrea Hairston's Redwood and Wildfire at our May meeting, to give people more time to locate the book & to get through it.

Our April meeting is this evening, and we'll discuss three short stories that were on the Tiptree Award's long & short lists. They are available free online.
Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots by Sandra McDonald
Their Changing Bodies by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Of Men and Wolves by An Owomoyela
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