In the winter of 2006-2007, Lemuria's book club, named “Atlantis”, came onto the scene at our book store. Created to give Lemuria readers a forum in which to delve into cutting edge literary releases, primarily fiction, the club has grown as each year passes. When I first came to work at Lemuria, I had asked our owner, John Evans, to tell me about the Lemuria book club. His response was, “We don't have one. Why don't you start it, Nan?” I was thrilled, having once been a member of a very vigorous book club, sadly disbanded when one of our primary members had moved from Jackson.
So, we began with maybe two or three members in attendance for each meeting. Our first title chosen was Margaret Atwood's novel Oryx and Crake. From there we moved to other great titles, primarily literary or contemporary fiction, with a sprinkling of some noteworthy non-fiction titles such as Three Cups of Tea.
Our members show diversity both in their literary taste, as well as in their professional and personal lives. Age is not an issue, nor is gender. The common feature that we all share is a love of noteworthy literature. Multiple cities and states of origin promote interest and create diversity in thought and comment. Though primarily composed of local Mississippians, especially native Jacksonians, we also have members who are natives of Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan. To add to the mix, two members give us an international flair with their countries of origin being Germany and Brazil. Therefore, we gain a cultural diversity of thought and opinion and experience which adds to the richness of the group.
We meet the first Thursday of each month, year round, at 12 p.m. Discussions around a table or two kick off at 12:15 p.m, so being a little late creates no problem. Meeting at our dot.com building, which is just outside of the Broadstreet Bakery north, side door, we meet for an hour. Members are free to bring a snack or beverage of choice. Centered around tables, our diverse group of around 10-12 members thoroughly enjoys our provoking literary discussions.
Atlantis members also receive a 10% discount on Atlantis selections.
Contact Lisa Newman at Lemuria (601-366-7619), or by email: [email protected]
A comprehensive list of our reading is coming soon.