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Book Club

Book Club was created to provide an opportunity for women at Purdue to explore issues relevant to them as featured in the books recommended by our network. The selections reflect the plurality and rich diversity of women’s experiences as crafted by exceptional women writers (featured in the spring, summer, and fall semesters); thus, issues of identity, gender constructs, and everyday life challenges are ever present.

We invite graduate women students, staff, and faculty members to become a community of readers by engaging in informal, yet critical, discussions about these unique books—fiction and creative nonfiction. Meetings are once a month during lunchtime, and each session will have a discussion facilitator. Events
are free of charge, a light lunch will be provided, and registered participants may attend as many/few sessions as they like. Address questions to ButlerCenter@purdue.edu.


2014 Spring Book Club Schedule


A Crushing Love: Chicanas, Motherhood, and Activism (Documentary)
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
6:00 p.m. / ARMS 1010
In partnership with the Latino Cultural Center


Book Club’s Two-Year Anniversary Reception: The Power of Women’s Stories
Featuring: Chinelo Okparanta, author of Happiness, Like Water
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. / PMU 118


Book Club: Where We Once Belonged by Sia Figiel (Samoa)
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. / Latino Cultural Center


Book Club: A Golden Age by
Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh) Facilitated/presented by: Jessica L. Auz, Doctoral student in Medieval Literature, English Department
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. / Latino Cultural Center


2013 BOOK CLUB offerings:

NOVEMBER: Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (Mexico)

OCTOBER: The Girl in the Photograph by Lygia Fagundes Telles (Brazil)

SEPTEMBER: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (Peru/Chile),

APRIL: Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

MARCH: The Line of the Sun, Judith Cofer

FEBRUARY: Kindred, Octavia Butler

2012 BOOK CLUB offerings:

NOVEMBER: Book Club: The Turquoise Ledge: A Memoir

OCTOBER: Book Club: Monkey Hunting

SEPTEMBER: Book Club: Closing the Leadership Gap: Add Women, Change Everything

JULY: Book Club: West of Then: A Mother, a Daughter, and a Journey Past Paradise

JUNE: Book Club: August Freedom

APRIL: Book Club: The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf