Join us as we discuss “In the Dream House” by Carmen Maria Machado for the final event in our “Banned Book Summer” series!

“Banned Books Summer” is a series of informal discussions of novels and memoirs that have, for one reason or another, been banned from public school libraries across the country. SECCA director William Carpenter will lead the discussions, which are free and open to all.

The discussions will examine the topics and themes central to the books. In addition, participants will look at the contexts and reasons for the books being banned. “It’s important to ask what book bans say about the social and political climates we live in,” said Carpenter. “Do these bans speak to our values or to our fears? Why do so many such bans focus on books that confront race, class, gender, and sexuality?”

For our August meetup, we’ll be discussing “In the Dream House,” Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse.

Support our local book store by purchasing the book from Bookmarks, available here: https://www.bookmarksnc.org/secca-throughlines

Make sure to mention SECCA’s book club when checking out in-store at Bookmarks to get 20% off your book club purchase! For online orders, use discount code “20SECCA”.


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