Give the gift of The Rumpus Book Club and The Rumpus Poetry Book Club! Get books before they’re released, engage in moderated chats with the authors. When you purchase the gift subscription you get two months of membership free.
How The Rumpus Book Club works: Every month you get a book in the mail that hasn’t been released yet. We’ll discuss the book all month while we read it. You’re invited to a moderated online discussion with the author at the end of the month which we’ll edit and run on The Rumpus as a feature article (like this one).
You can also write a review of the book and we’ll run the best written review(s) on the website. You don’t have to participate in the discussion or review the book, you could just subscribe to receive a new, unpublished book every month.
We’re going to try to only read good books. We’ll fail sometimes. The books will often be hardcover, but not always. Occasionally they’ll be paperback originals, like Tao Lin’s Richard Yates, which was our August 2010 selection. It’s neat because we’re going to have a discussion about new books, rather than waiting to be told what books are approved for cultural consumption. It used to be that only people in the media got advance copies of books but that wall has come down quite a bit. Now everybody’s a reviewer.
How The Rumpus Poetry Book Club works: Exactly the same as our regular book club, but with poetry! Every month a forthcoming poetry book will be chosen by a member of our poetry advisory board: Brian Spears, Camille Dungy, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, and Jennifer Perrine (more information on the advisory board here). Some times we’ll let a special guest choose a book. The chooser of the book will write a post about why they picked this specific book and host that month’s online discussion with the book club and the author. To see what one of those discussions look like go here. We’ll publish an edited version of the discussion on The Rumpus, something like this.
You can write a review of the book and we’ll run the best written review(s) on the website. You don’t have to participate in the discussion or review the book, you could just subscribe to receive a new, unpublished poetry book every month.
We’re going to try to only read good books. Of course, all creative writing is subjective. But if we choose a poetry book it’s because we believe it’s really good. We’ll often have to chose between several really good poetry books, but there’s no way around that.
HOLIDAY NOTE: All one-year subscriptions purchased from November 25 through the end of December will begin on 1/1/17.