Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Migrant Bookclub: Revised Calendar

It's become painfully obvious to me that there is no chance in h*ll we could have a BookClub assignment once a month. It's just too much, too soon. Especially during the summer when yours truly seem to be functioning at 1/2 of my regular pace. Don't judge.

Instead of fighting the laziness, I propose we embrace it. Let's spread out our book assignments and start new titles every other month. That way, we would all have a month to read the book and then another month to discuss the reading, gossip about the writer and so forth. Less pressure, more opportunities to enjoy the books.

Here's our revised calendar:

July & August 2010: "Cold Snap" by Cynthia M. Phoel
September & October 2010: "Love and Obstacles" by Aleksandar Hemon
October & November 2010: "The Ministry of Pain" by Dubravka Ugresic
December 2010 & January 2011: "One more year" by Sana Kasikov
February & March 2011: "Ignorance" by Milan Kundera
April & May 2011: "Street Without a Name" by Kapka Kassabova
June & July 2011: "The Foreign Student" by Susan Choi
August & September 2011: "In America" by Susan Sontag
October & November 2011: "Netherland" by Joseph O'Neil
December 2011 & January 2012: "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" by Julia Alvarez
February & March 2012: "Apricots from Chernobil" by Josip Novakovic
April & May 2012: "Solo" by Rana Dasgupta

It's a bit weird to be writing 2012 reading lists so what I think we should do is revisit the list every 4 books or so. That way we can make adjustments, re-arrange books, or quit altogether. I really hope we would NOT quit.

Let me know if this makes sense.


This beautiful photograph is by Eli Ivanova-Ponti who lives in the States but spent her summer in Bulgaria. I love her photographs! I love the tender, nostalgic quality they have... without being cutesy or saccharine. You can see more of Eli's photos on her website.


  1. Petya, you are funny. When I saw you start the book club I was so excited but I thought that there is no way I can read a book a month (just knowing my schedule and all the other professional stuff I want to read when I get a chance). It happened so that I traveled a lot in July and spent quite some time on an airplane so I read the first three books of our club just so I can engage in the discussions. Now I can relax until December. THANK YOU!

  2. Hahah! I KNOW! So ambitious. I always heard that people's bookclubs meet once every other month and I kept thinking... slackers... Now I know.

  3. Hey guys,
    I want to recommend a book written by Bulgarian author - "East of the West". I think is awesome. Check it out: