BIPOC Babes Book Club
BIPOC readers of all genders, join Trinity & Tanvi for a casual book club where we can relax, chat about fiction by BIPOC writers, and maybe enjoy a drink or two in company with one another!
The BIPOC Babes Book Club will be held the second Thursday of each month (except August, which we’ll host on the first Thursday).
The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
WHEN: Thursday, August 5, 6 PM
WHERE: Dog-Eared Books
Winner of the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Night Watchman is based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C.
Thomas Wazhashk is the night watchman at the jewel bearing plant, the first factory located near the Turtle Mountain Reservation in rural North Dakota. He is also a Chippewa Council member who is trying to understand the consequences of a new “emancipation” bill on its way to the floor of the United States Congress.
Since graduating high school, Pixie Paranteau has insisted that everyone call her Patrice. Unlike most of the girls on the reservation, Patrice, the class valedictorian, has no desire to wear herself down with a husband and kids. She makes jewel bearings at the plant, a job that barely pays her enough to support her mother and brother.
Thomas and Patrice live in this impoverished reservation community along with young Chippewa boxer Wood Mountain and his mother Juggie Blue, her niece and Patrice’s best friend Valentine, and Stack Barnes, the white high school math teacher and boxing coach who is hopelessly in love with Patrice.
The characters are forced to grapple with the worst and best impulses of human nature. Illuminating the loves and lives, the desires and ambitions of these characters with compassion, wit, and intelligence.
Purchase a copy to read, or grab it from the library, and join us at Dog·Eared Books at 6 PM on Thursday, August 5, to discuss the book with book club hosts Trinity & Tanvi! This book club is free to anyone who wishes to participate, no registration necessary.
Dates and books of upcoming BIPOC Babes Book Club:
August 5 at 6 PM The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich
September 9 at 6 PM The Bad Muslim Discount by Syed M. Masood
October 14 at 6 PM Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
November 11 at 6 PM Homeland Elegies by Ayad Akhtar
December 9 at 6 PM The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton