Jul 21

Read Of The Week 7.20.15

Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, edited by Walidah Imarisha & Adrienne Maree Brown. This collection of SF stories explores the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change offering a new way to understand ourselves, envision more just worlds, and innovations for our current political practice. This is a new cornerstone. This is why we do what we do at People’s Books.

Jul 08

Graphic Novel Book Club: French Milk

Join us for a Graphic Novel Book Club discussion,July 23rd at 7pm, at People’s Books Co-op

For her 22nd birthday—and her mother’s 50th—Lucy Knisley and her mother went to Paris. For more than a month, they toured the City of Lights from their fifth arrondissement flat, exploring museums and cafes, taking photographs, eating pastries and drinking French milk, which Knisley says is sweeter than its American counterpart; she compares it with the influence we take in from our mothers. Knisley’s first book is unquestionably a travel journal first and foremost: Lucy-the-writer is so close to Lucy-the-subject that at times the story lacks background and emotional complexity. But as a travel journal French Milk shines. Knisley’s photographs from the trip punctuate sketches of her daily adventures and musings about graduating from art school, first love and having an adult relationship with her mother. Best of all are Knisley’s portraits of home at the beginning and end of the book, which capture her childhood home and college life lovingly but with clear eyes. Knisley’s cartoony drawings are pleasingly clean in one panel and tellingly detailed in the next. A word-of-mouth hit when it first came out in a self-published limited edition, French Milk will remind readers of their own early trips to Europe and of traveling in their 20s.

Jul 07

Midwestern Gothic @ People’s Books Cooperative

Join us July 25th at 3pm, at People’s Books Co-op, 804 E. Center St.

Don’t be fooled by our name. Gothic fiction is often defined as the inclusion of deeply flawed, often “grotesque” characters in realistic (and, oftentimes unpleasant) settings/situations. Midwestern Gothic takes to heart the realistic aspects of Gothic fiction. Not every piece needs to be dark or twisted or full of despair, but rather looking for real life, inspired by the region, good, bad, or ugly.

Jul 06

Read Of The Week

Sometimes things get real and you need a bit of help. Guidance is nothing to fear, nor out of your reach. This book is just as the small press who printed it describes it: “Like a letter from a trusted friend in the trenches.” The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad by Adam Gnade is pretty amazing. A “Self-Help” book free of all the BS normally associated with “Self-Help.”