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Queery: Radical Queer Book Club ft. Orlando by Virginia Woolf!

This month's Queery read is Orlando, the classic gender-bending tale by Virginia Woolf! Join us for a throwback to the cannon and a queer AF book.

"Virginia Woolf's Orlando 'The longest and most charming love letter in literature', playfully constructs the figure of Orlando as the fictional embodiment of Woolf's close friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West. Spanning three centuries, the novel opens as Orlando, a young nobleman in Elizabeth's England, awaits a visit from the Queen and traces his experience with first love as England under James I lies locked in the embrace of the Great Frost. At the midpoint of the novel, Orlando, now an ambassador in Constantinople, awakes to find that he is now a woman, and the novel indulges in farce and irony to consider the roles of women in the 18th and 19th centuries. As the novel ends in 1928, a year consonant with full suffrage for women. Orlando, now a wife and mother, stands poised at the brink of a future that holds new hope and promise for women."

Queery is a radical queer book club that uses fiction, non-fiction, and poetry as a lens to examine queer theory, social structures, identity, and privilege. We don’t stick exclusively to the traditional queer canon, though. We discuss texts that are not viewed as LGBTQ in addition to pieces that we see as foundations of modern inclusive pedagogy. We read one book a month with rotating discussion leaders.

The folks behind Queery aim for this meet-up to be a crucible of conversation, debate, and activation.
This goes without saying, but we will anyway. Queery is holistically welcoming as long as you are — TERF, xenophobic, etc., this isn’t for you.

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