Thu, Oct 28|
October Book Club Meeting
Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Time & Location
Oct 28, 2021, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
New York, 32 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010, USA
About the Event
The novel we will be reading is Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. Published in 1872, Carmilla is a classic, and one of the first vampire stories (it predates Stoker's Dracula). Carmilla, was also very ahead of its time in that it is a female driven story (the two main characters are female). Furthermore, this novel differentiates itself from its contemporaries by the exploration of sexuality between two women.
This book is a quick read (only a bit over 100 pages) and around 3 hours audiobook. You should be able to get it for free on Kindle, or you can read the free version on Project Gutenberg. Additionally, if you'd like to listen to the audiobook, you can get it for free if you are an audible plus member.
Note: If you read the audiobook, I recommend that you go with the narration by Megan Follows, as the more popular audiobook is actually not the original book, but is a screenplay based on the book.
Check out this New Yorker article In the Blood: Why do vampires still thrill? or this article from Book Riot, Lesbian Representation in the Vampire Classic Carmilla. (Warning: may have spoilers)
We will be meeting at Harding's in Flatiron, in Manhattan on the patio. There will be approximately 10 people attending each meeting. You'll recieve more detailed information (phone number of who to contact in case you can't find the group etc via email).