NYC Metafilter Book Meetup
posted March 13, 2018 1:03 PM   RSS

I’m reading Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. I’d like to talk about it with people. Metafilter is full of great and thoughtful people. I think this book would be good for discussion in two meetings because it’s long, with the paperback coming in at 479 pages. There are discussion questions in the back of the book. We could choose two or three (or more!) things to talk about.
I am open to inexpensive options for coffee places if everyone coming is able to commit to buying a coffee and/or pastry to make our taking up space not a burden on the shop. This meetup would have a flexible arrival time and a firm discussion start time, to hopefully prevent interruptions of the conversation. I suspect we could also meet at one of the libraries.

Shoutout to the very nice clerk at the strand who offered to hold a used copy of one came in, but I opted to splurge on a new copy because I’m also reading this for a book club that I’ve never attended before. I’m shameless in my multi task book reading. The holds list for this book at NYPL is very long.

We could discuss the first half in April and then the second half in May or June if that time line works for people.
posted by bilabial to Proposed (9 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

This was my bookgroup read for February, I did not make it. I'm slated to not make it for March as it's another long read, but April might work for this.
posted by TravellingCari at 10:01 AM on March 14, 2018

I would be interested in this if the timing works out, but I've never done a bookclub discussion in parts before. This is maybe a dumb question but does that work well? I guess I always figured you needed to finish the whole work to get a full sense of the themes ...
posted by alleycat01 at 12:41 PM on March 14, 2018

I finished it last Monday and would love to talk about it, but i don’t know that there’s enough in it for two sessions. Btw, the wait list moves fairly quickly, but NY doesn’t have an ebook, which could be an issue for some people.
posted by betweenthebars at 4:16 PM on March 15, 2018

I love the idea of bookclub meetups! I'm gonna check this book out.
posted by cristinacristinacristina at 3:11 PM on March 22, 2018

I meant to answer this, and in my mind I did. Sheesh. But anyway, I'd love to do this, although I can't guarantee that I'll finish the book, as I'm currently in the middle of two others.
posted by holborne at 9:38 AM on March 27, 2018

I expect to finish it today or tomorrow.
posted by Obscure Reference at 11:37 AM on March 29, 2018

How about late April, one meeting? I have a 5 day volunteer commitment the week of the 16th.

Monday evenings are ideal for me, and weekend daytimes are pretty good. Any time/date preferences among the group?
posted by bilabial at 6:57 PM on April 1, 2018

Min Jin Lee is going to be at Kinokuniya on April 10 at 6:30. Maybe we could have a mini meetup before the reading. It looks like tickets or reservations aren't needed in advance.
posted by betweenthebars at 9:03 AM on April 5, 2018

I went to see her tonight at Kinokuniya. She's amazing. They say they will put tonight's even on Youtube.
posted by Obscure Reference at 5:58 PM on April 10, 2018

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