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LezRead is a monthly book club hosted by the Jim Toy Community Center in Ann Arbor that is dedicated to connecting queer women over conversation and LGBTQ-focused books. The next scheduled meeting is Sunday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. where this time attendees will discuss not one but two books.
“By popular demand, we’re continuing this discussion into February! #lezread and #leztoast in the new year with two new novels! Tillie Walden’s ‘Are You Listening’ and ‘Cantoras’ by Carolina De Robertis are both critically acclaimed, highly recommended and custom-picked to help you cleanse, rebuild and move forward,” wrote event organizers.
“Cantoras” is the story of five different women in the midst of the Uruguayan dictatorship in 1977 who find each other as lovers, friends and family.
“‘Cantoras’ is a stunning lullaby to revolution — and each woman in this novel sings it with a deep ferocity. Again and again, I was lifted, then gently set down again — either through tears, rage or laughter. Days later, I am still inside this song of a story,” said Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award–winning author.
“Are You Listening” takes readers into West Texas, where characters Bea and Lou run into each other during a chance encounter.
“The landscape morphs into an unsettling world, a mysterious cat joins them and they are haunted by a group of threatening men. To stay safe, Bea and Lou must trust each other as they are driven to confront buried truths. The two women share their stories of loss and heartbreak — and a startling revelation about sexual assault — culminating in an exquisite example of human connection,” organizers said. “This magical realistic adventure from the celebrated comics creator of ‘Spinning’ and ‘On a Sunbeam’ will stay with readers long after the final gorgeously illustrated page.”
To learn more about the LezRead book club visit its Facebook page.