Berkeley & Portland LGBT+ Book Club

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Next event (Monthly): July 2, 2022 - 11:00am-1:00pm View all dates

All scheduled dates:

  • June 11, 2022 - 11:00am-1:00pm (ended)
  • July 2, 2022 - 11:00am-1:00pm 
  • August 6, 2022 - 11:00am-1:00pm 
  • September 3, 2022 - 11:00am-1:00pm 
  • October 1, 2022 - 11:00am-1:00pm 
  • November 5, 2022 - 11:00am-1:00pm 
  • December 3, 2022 - 11:00am-1:00pm 
  • January 7, 2023 - 11:00am-1:00pm 
  • February 4, 2023 - 11:00am-1:00pm 
  • March 4, 2023 - 11:00am-1:00pm 
  • April 1, 2023 - 11:00am-1:00pm 
  • May 6, 2023 - 11:00am-1:00pm 

"Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book." - Anonymous.

Come join our book club if you like reading a wide range of LGBT+ books!

Every month we'll be focusing on a book featuring prominent queer characters and themes. Our selection is not restricted by genre, but a combination of young adult, new adult, fantasy and science fiction, memoirs, essays, etc. If you have a favorite book you want to talk about, let us know and we might add it to our list!

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The next Saturday books are:

July Book

I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver (2019)

Available in eAudiobook, eBook, and print formats from Berkeley Public Library.


NAMED THE BEST YA BOOK OF 2020 BY PINK NEWS
NOMINATED FOR THE YALSA BEST FICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS AWARD,
THE GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS FOR BEST YOUNG ADULT FICTION,
AN NPR BOOK CONCIERGE PICK
& NAMED ONE OF COSMOPOLITAN’S TOP 100 YA BOOKS EVERYONE SHOULD READ


"HEARTFELT, ROMANTIC, AND QUIETLY GROUNDBREAKING. THIS BOOK WILL SAVE LIVES."
— BECKY ALBERTALLI, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

"A POWERFUL ILLUSTRATION OF THE WAYS THAT COMPASSION AND LOVE CAN OVERCOME INTOLERANCE."
— PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they're thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents' rejection, they come out only to a handful of people.

But Ben's attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan's friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.

About The Author

Mason Deaver is a bestselling and award-winning young-adult novelist. Their first book, I Wish You All the Best, was an instant bestseller, being nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award and winning Pink News' Best Young Adult Book award, as well as being named one of Cosmopolitan's 100 Best YA Books! Their second novel, The Ghosts We Keep earned a starred review from Booklist, as well as praise from Publisher's Weekly. They are a contributor to several anthologies, as well as the author of the horror novella, Another Name For the Devil. They currently call San Francisco home, where they watch too many movies.

 

August Book

Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li (2022)

Available in eAudiobook and print formats through Berkeley Public Library.

“The thefts are engaging and surprising, and the narrative brims with international intrigue. Li, however, has delivered more than a straight thriller here, especially in the parts that depict the despair Will and his pals feel at being displaced, overlooked, underestimated and discriminated against. This is as much a novel as a reckoning.”
—New York Times Book Review

“Portrait of a Thief is a confident debut for Li, whose writing shows great control at the line level and of the overall narrative. Descriptions are both economic and poetic; the novel keeps a swift pace as the characters crisscross the world, from the American South to the San Francisco Bay Area, to Beijing and Europe. It’s easy to see why Netflix was so quick to nab TV rights for the book.”
—KQED

“In this slick, dazzling, debut, the stakes are high and the writing elegant. Here’s a story that offers not just adventure or a reprieve from the everyday, but big dreams, big hearts, enduring friendships, and the multitudes of identities that can exist within each one of us.”
—Weike Wang, author of Chemistry


History is told by the conquerors. Across the Western world, museums display the spoils of war, of conquest, of colonialism: priceless pieces of art looted from other countries, kept even now.
Will Chen plans to steal them back.

A senior at Harvard, Will fits comfortably in his carefully curated roles: a perfect student, an art history major and sometimes artist, the eldest son who has always been his parents’ American Dream. But when a mysterious Chinese benefactor reaches out with an impossible—and illegal—job offer, Will finds himself something else as well: the leader of a heist to steal back five priceless Chinese sculptures, looted from Beijing centuries ago.

His crew is every heist archetype one can imag­ine—or at least, the closest he can get. A con artist: Irene Chen, a public policy major at Duke who can talk her way out of anything. A thief: Daniel Liang, a premed student with steady hands just as capable of lockpicking as suturing. A getaway driver: Lily Wu, an engineering major who races cars in her free time. A hacker: Alex Huang, an MIT dropout turned Silicon Valley software engineer. Each member of his crew has their own complicated relationship with China and the identity they’ve cultivated as Chinese Americans, but when Will asks, none of them can turn him down.

Because if they succeed? They earn fifty million dollars—and a chance to make history. But if they fail, it will mean not just the loss of everything they’ve dreamed for themselves but yet another thwarted at­tempt to take back what colonialism has stolen.


ABOUT GRACE D. LI
Grace Li is a Chinese American writer who is currently attending medical school at Stanford University, and who looks forward to the opportunity to tell more stories of diaspora and identity.

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