Welcome to The Word On The Street Book Club!
We’ve selected four great Canadian reads by authors appearing at the 2015 festival as part of our second summer book club. We’ll be discussing the books each week for the next month, and on September 27th, everyone will have the chance to meet the authors in person at Harbourfront Centre.
Share your views in the comments of the blog, using the questions posed by our book club leaders as a jumping-off point for any other thoughts or questions you may have.
The Deadbeat Club
Book Club Leader: Christine Nguyen
Blog: Padfoots Library
Christine is a 25 year old book blogger who is also a graduate student. She particularly enjoys Japanese contemporary literature and some of her favourite authors are Haruki Murakami and Kazuo Ishiguro. She reads a wide range of books from Adult fiction and non-fiction to YA fiction. She started writing book reviews as a platform to sing her praises for books she really loved and to connect with the online book community. Take it away, Christine!
Hi everyone! Welcome to the start of the book club for The Deadbeat Club by Dietrich Kalteis. I want to first thank you all for taking the time to select this book and for joining me in discussing this book for the next four weeks. I’m so incredibly excited and hope you are too! I will split the book into four parts for us all to discuss. So for this week’s questions, the reading for it will be from Page 1 to Page 78 (The last chapter you will read is titled “…Loose Lips”).
- What are your first impressions of the book so far?
- Is there a character that you were immediately intrigued by? (I was instantly curious about Travis and I want to learn more about him and his motivations!)
- When I first started this book, I was instantly struck by the name of the chapters. Do you feel like the chapter titles foreshadow the events to come as if to set the foundation? Are the titles used ironically?
- Immediately I felt the story was more plot driven than character driven because you are thrown into this world and you hit the ground running. Did you find that the events of the story unfolded quickly?