Common Grounds is an ongoing series that explores and facilitates civil conversation on race, political beliefs, gender, creed, and more, celebrating diversity in Roxbury. The Common Grounds Team invites you to our ad hoc book club. We will meet several times a year to encourage the introduction of new points of view and perspectives, and conversations creating awareness and engagement on cultural elements outside the mainstream. All are welcome -- come once, all the time, or when you can.
On June 1 we will discuss Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. Hard copies of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda will be available from across from the circulation desk, and it is available on Libby. And if reading isn't your thing, check out the movie Love, Simon.
Purpose/Objectives of Common Grounds Ad Hoc Book Club:
To introduce new points of view and perspectives that may not be sought or considered otherwise
To create awareness and engagement on cultural elements outside of the mainstream
To encourage inclusion and discussions regarding advocacy
To encourage and support of our public library system and resources
About Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met. Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.
About Becky Albertalli: Becky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, D.C. She now lives with her family outside of Atlanta. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is her first novel.
Register online or by calling the Library at 973 584-2400.