BookTalk February 2011 BookTalk: The LesFic book group reads a wide variety of fiction genres by lesbians
The LesFic book group recommends "And Playing the Role of Herself" by K.E. Lane. What would your book group recommend?
The LesFic book group meets once a month at the True Colors Bookstore in Minneapolis. The members aim to read a wide variety of fiction genres written by lesbians-mystery, sci-fi, speculative fiction and romance.
What book recently sparked a great discussion?
"Stranded" by Blayne Cooper. The story followed the trials of three women who are stranded in the Amazon jungle after the van they are riding in crashes. The three women have to come to terms with each other and learn to function as a team in order to survive. It's about relationships and how they can be formed through times of great stress and terror, and the bonding that can happen.
What book would your group most recommend?
The very first book our group read together, "And Playing the Role of Herself" by K.E. Lane, was a universal hit. The story was about coming out, both to oneself and to the world. Learning to play the role of yourself can sometimes be the hardest role ever, even if you are an accomplished actor.
What makes your group work?
We have a very supportive group, with a lot of ebb and flow. If people can only make it once in a while, that's OK. We don't have rules about having to read the book. The group is very inclusive, friendly and welcoming. Because our niche is small, it's a comfort to have a place to talk about the kind of books we love-lesbian fiction.
What tips could you share with other groups?
Flexibility makes our group work. Don't shun anyone if they haven't read the book. Encourage feedback from all your members, even the shy ones. Everyone should be given a chance to have a voice. Treat everyone fairly and with respect.
Does your group have any rituals or traditions that you follow?
At each meeting we introduce ourselves and tell one thing about us no one else knows.
Editor's Note: Short story and mystery writer, Jessie Chandler, facilitates the LesFic book group. Her book, "Bingo Barge Murder: A Shay O'Hanlon Caper," will be published on May 1, 2011. www.jessiechandler.com