The Writers as Readers book club has selected Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter for their February 7th book discussion.

HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages—”since before this was even a show,” according to Miranda—traces its development from an improbable perfor­mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.
–Overview from the Barnes & Noble book listing

The WaR book club meetings are free and open to the public. They meet at the Barnes & Noble at CherryVale Mall on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
If you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact Linda at lindak0003@comcast.net

Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm
Place:  Barnes & Noble at CherryVale Mall
Book: Hamilton: The Revolution

WaR Summary of Griffin and Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence

by Mary Lamphere

Griffin and Sabine, by Nick Bantock, is an epistolary, interactive, illustrated novel. At 48 pages, it was certainly a stray from recent WaR reads. (The Third Coast was 544 pages, Beautiful Fools was 368 pages, and Me Before You was 448 pages.)

Griffin and Sabine is a mystery that unfolds one handwritten letter or post card at a time. The exchange is between two “strangers” who are both artists. She lives on a (fictional) tropical island, he in London. Through their conversations we learn that for whatever reason, she is able to see through his eyes when he creates art. At first, he is logically skeptical, but over time she convinces him it’s true. This connection is very deep and they begin to fall in love through their correspondence of shared experiences and creativity. The involvement for the reader is quite personal as well, opening envelopes and flipping cards to “eavesdrop” on their discussions.

This is the first book in a trilogy and it reads as so. The end is not really an end, but it certainly gets you wondering.

Griffin and Sabine is a unique book in that the illustrations are part of the story. There is probably more story revealed through the images than there is in the words. In club, we talked about the themes, content, and interpretation. Love, loneliness, and connection were themes that resonated. Most of the group appreciated the interactive nature of the book, but wouldn’t be inclined to read more like it or create one. Our best discussions surrounded the original art and how it related to the story. The elements of style, colors, and graphic nature of the art more often contradicted the words, informing the reader of a multi-leveled story. What is really going on here?

Because of its physical attributes, Griffin and Sabine isn’t available as an e-book. Those qualities also make it hard to describe this novel. I recommend you check it out from the library, pick it up at the book store, or borrow it from me. It’s worth a perusal.

In Print 2015 – A Year in Review

In Print provides a strong learning environment for writers of all ages, abilities and genres to grow in their craft and career. In addition to support and networking, we offer monthly meetings, guest speakers, workshops, writing retreats, field trips, contests, a monthly newsletter, and connections with the publishing world.

In Print sponsors Word of Art- a collaboration of authors and artists, In Print Radio, The Prompt Club, and Writers as Readers Book Club.

As an affiliate of Chicago Writers Association, In Print members are invited to participate in Printers’ Row, Speaker’s Bureau, Windy City Reviews, Write City Magazine, Book of the Year Awards, and many other literary opportunities. In Print and CWA co-host the annual Writers’ Block Party.

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