Apocalypse Blog Book Club
My third non-fiction book has a working title of The End and is about doomsday predictions, prepping, and pop culture. It’ll be out in 2018 from Chicago Review Press. As part of my research, I wanted to start reading some dystopian themed novels (inspired by the sudden burst of interest in such literature– after Trump was elected, sales of George Orwell’s Ninteen Eighty-Four skyrocketed, for example) and then had the idea in asking other people to join me for a shared experience, thus forming the Apocalypse Blog Book Club. It has caught on and more people are joining every day.
We voted on our first selection, which is Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler for February 2017. We have an in-person meeting in Milwaukee each month (usually on the last day of the month) and everyone anywhere is encouraged to participate by reading our selections and discussing them in our Facebook group page (which is also where voting on titles takes place): https://www.facebook.com/groups/1482975718409410/
Apocalypse Blog Book Club Selections
February 2017: Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler
March 2017: The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood.
Read our club report by Ryder Collins for PopMythology.com here: www.popmythology.com/apocalypse-blog-book-club-march-handmaids-tale
April 2017: The Man in the High Tower, by Phillip K. Dick
Read the PopMythology.com report by Tea Krulos here:
May 2017: The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Read the PopMythology report by Jacqui Castle here:
June 2017: The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin
Read the PopMythology report by Katie Jesse here:
July 2017: Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy
August 2017: Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
September 2017: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
October-November 2017: Fall break
December 2017: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
January 2018: Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (anthology edited by John Joseph Adams)
February 2018: Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
March-April 2018: Spring Break
May 2018: The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
June 2018: The Power by Naomi Alderman
July-September 2018: Summer Break