OLD Book Club

When: Wednesday, June 19 | 6 PM
Where: Dog-Eared Books Loft

OLD Book Club–obscure, lesser-known, and, hopefully, divine–aims to explore the diverse array of books we call “classic” and to discuss the malleable bounds of the category while also making an often intimidating genre feel both more accessible and more fun. The selection of books intentionally covers a broad range of nationalities, experiences, cultures, and time-periods to broaden the traditionally narrow parameters of classic literature. Most importantly, we’re here to have a good time. Put on your most UNpretentious (figurative) pants and come talk OLD books!

This month we are reading In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. The OLD Book club will meet at 6 PM on Wednesday, June 19.

It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Leónidas Trujillo’s dictatorship. It doesn’t have to. Everybody knows of Las Mariposas—the Butterflies.

In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters–Minerva, Patria, María Teresa, and the survivor, Dedé–speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from secret crushes to gunrunning, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo’s rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez’s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human costs of political oppression.

Purchase a copy to read, or grab it from the library, and join us for discussion at Dog-Eared Books at 6 PM, on Wednesday, June 19. This book club is free to anyone who wishes to participate, no registration required

Also, for 20 minutes after each club meeting, you will receive 20% off all books and merchandise!

Content Warnings for OLD Books Club 2024
Content Warnings for In the Time of the Butterflies
Content Warnings for The God of Small Things
Content Warnings for Monkey King: Journey to the West
Content Warnings for Passing
Content Warnings for Lady Audley’s Secret
Content Warnings for Winter in the Blood
Content Warnings for Paradise

Dates and books of upcoming 2024 Women From Other Worlds Book Club gatherings: 

June 19 at 6 PM
In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
July 17 at 6 PM
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
August 21 at 6 PM
Monkey King: Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en
September 18 at 6 PM
Passing by Nella Larsen
October 16 at 6 PM
Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
November 20 at 6 PM
Winter in the Blood by James Welch
December 18 at 6 PM
Paradise by Abdulrazak Gurnah


Previous Book Club Selections