Posted by : atcampbell | On : July 22, 2008

Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

This meeting was held at A. T.’s home in north Austin. Eleven people attended. Our topic, Magic for Beginners, was a World Fantasy Award-nominated collection by Kelly Link. Three us had read Kelly Link previously. Nine started the book, and four finished.

One person had only read two stories: “Magic for Beginners” and “The Faery

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Posted by : atcampbell | On : July 7, 2008

July 7: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon

Nine of us gathered at the North Village Library to discuss The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, the recent Nebula-winner by Michael Chabon. The book is set in an alternate world where a large Jewish population settled in Alaska instead of Israel after World War II. The plot, set roughly in our present, is a police procedural mystery. Four of us had read Chabon’s earlier work. All of us started the book, with five finishing. Also, four of us had met the author when he’d been in Austin earlier this year.

One person described the protagonist, Meyer Landsman, as “Sam Spade as a Yiddish Cop.” She’d read the book twice and felt it was better on a second reading.

Another felt the story had a fascinating concept. The sliver of history that served

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