April discussion: Tenth of December by George Saunders

This month, dear readers we are reading Tenth of December – stories by George Saunders. Proclaimed by Time to be “the best short-story writer in English—not ‘one of,’ not ‘arguably,’ but the Best”, by the Guardian as a “book to make you love people again”, and by Entertainment Weekly as a book that ”will make you beam with unmitigated glee.”

Wow – can’t wait to jump in and read this one! For the first time, your Time to Read pals are tackling a collection of short stories and we are excited to be joined by one of our librarian colleagues, Toby! Please join us as well in the discussion  – here are some questions to start us off:

  1. Many of the stories have elements of science fiction, and yet are grounded in human emotions like love, kindness, and courage. Does the Science Fiction genre enhance or diminish human emotions for you?
  2. Saunders often makes his reader “feel known and recognized.” Do you like to “see yourself” in the fiction you read, or do you like to read about someone/something totally different?
  3. The 10th of December is a collection of short stories. Do you enjoy reading short stories as stand-alone pieces, collected in a book, or not at all?

Please comment below, on our Facebook page, or by emailing us at wpl-podcast@winnipeg.ca to let us know what you thought of the book. It’s always great to hear from you!

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