Silent Book Club of Death
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When a longtime SBC organizer reached out to us with the idea of starting a Silent Book Club of Death, we immediately opened the email. Of course we wanted to know more. The group was formed by a collective of death positive workers who wanted to gather people interested in reflecting on their mortality, in the company of bookworms.
While there is no assigned reading in Silent Book Club, there aren’t any rules against hosting a topical club. So Stefanie Elkins of Be Present Care, Lisa Pahl and Lori LoCicero of The Death Deck, and Catherine of Death Project Manager did just that.
Silent Book Club of Death meetings are structured like any SBC gathering: you meet up with friendly, likeminded readers, and then politely ignore them for an hour. Members are encouraged to bring books related to the theme of death or mortality, but anyone who wants to just read quietly in a death positive space is welcome to join. For those not sure what to read, the hosts also bring along a stack of books to browse for inspiration. (You can also find their reading recommendations on Bookshop.org.)
If you’re in Los Angeles, you can find upcoming events on Instagram. And if you’re interested in creating a topical Silent Book Club of your own, read tips from the organizers on our blog.
Looking for something scary to read? We compiled a list of recommendations from Silent Book readers on Bookshop.org.
Book-related links and other good stuff online
Happy 6th birthday to SBC Columbus!
How indie bookstores fight against book banning and why it matters NPR
The joy of finding people who love the same books you do The New York Times
8 writers made TIME’s list of the year’s 100 most influential people LitHub
Fredrik Backman dreams of reading quietly for 10 minutes The New York Times
A new bookstore in Louisville, KY specializes in horror novels NPR
Recommended reading for Filipino American History Month The Magic Word
My book is the second-most banned in the U.S. HuffPost
Indigenous-owned bookstores in the USA and Canada Libro.fm
The new classics: Required reading from the last 20 years Shondaland
How to nurture a personal library Psyche Guides
“I consider reading the greatest bargain in the world” The creator of Star Trek sent words of encouragement to a young fan Letters of Note
Overheard on Twitter:
New chapter alert in Evanston, IL!
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Books we loved this month
The Winners, by Fredrik Backman
Lucy by the Sea, by Elizabeth Strout
Our Missing Hearts, by Celeste Ng
The Marriage Portrait, by Maggie O’Farrell
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