Book Club

JOIN OUR BOOK CLUB!

Please join us as we learn about our Sister Cities cultural identity and history through books from their countries, while we snack on delicious treats inspired by international cuisine.

We will meet again on the following Mondays at 6:30 pm at King’s Books,

218 St. Helen’s Avenue in downtown Tacoma.

2021

2020

  • December 28, 2020
  • November 23,2020
  • October 19, 2020
  • September 21, 2020
  • June 15, 2020
  • March 16, 2020
  • February 17, 2020
  • January 20, 2020

Check our Book Club News section below for more details on each meeting and book.

Photo of building circa 1919


King’s Books is a community-oriented bookstore with 4500 square feet and approximately 100,000 books. We have an array of events weekly, from book clubs to author events, community gatherings to our annual letterpress festival. We opened on April 1, 2000 and have become the largest used and new independent bookstore in the Tacoma area. King’s Books is a proud member of the Stadium Historic District Business Association, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA), and the American Booksellers Association (ABA).

King’s Books is owned by sweet pea Flaherty, who took over the bookstore from John Schoppert and Pat McDermott in 2010. sweet pea has been a bookseller since 2000, starting at McDermott Books and A Room of One’s Own Feminist Bookstore in Madison, Wisconsin. sweet pea moved to Tacoma to work at King’s Books in 2003.

King’s Books is graced by the presence of dapper shop cat Herbert, who joined the staff in 2015. You can often hear him talking around meal time. He is preceded by bookstore cats Harriet (at bookstore 2001-2008), Miko (at bookstore 2003-2014), and Atticus (at bookstore 2009-2018).

Check their website and order your books or come visit!

  • June 2019-Stari Grad, Croatia-EEG by Dasa Drndic
  • July 2019-Kitakyushu, Japan-Convenience Store Woman by Sakaya Murata
  • August 2019-Cienfuegos, Cuba-Revolution Sunday by Wendy Guerra
  • September 2019-Taichung, Taiwan-Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan
  • November 2019-Vladivostok, Russia-Oblivion by Sergei Lebedev
  • December 2019-El Jadida, Morocco-Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Laila Lalami
  • January 2020-Gunsan, South Korea-Human Acts by Han Kang
  • February 2020-Alesund, Norway-Ashes in My Mouth, Sand in My Shoes by Per Petterson
  • March/April 2020-Davao City, Philippines-Insurrecto by Gina Apostol
  • June/July2020-Fuzhou, China-Happy Dreams by Jia Pingwa
  • August 2020-Boca del Rio, Mexico-Swift as Desire by Laura Esquivel
  • September 2020-George, South Africa-Evening Primrose by Kopano Matlwa
  • October 2020-Brovary, Ukraine-Your Ad Could Go Here by Oksana Zubuzhko

CURRENTLY READING

My Torturess

by Bensalem Himmich

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Description:

In this harrowing novel, a young Moroccan bookseller is falsely accused of being involved in jihadist activities. Drugged and carried off the street, Hamuda is extraordinarily rendered to a prison camp in an unknown location where he is interrogated and subjected to various methods of torture.

Narrated through the voice of the young prisoner, the novel unfolds in Hamuda’s attempt to record his experience once he is finally released after six years in captivity. He paints an unforgettable portrait of his captors’ brutality and the terrifying methods of his primary interrogator, a French woman known as Mama Ghula. With a lucid style, Himmich delivers a visceral tale that explores the moral depths to which humanity is capable of descending and the limits of what the soul can endure.

About the author:

Philosopher and writer Bensalem Himmich is the author of a number of works in both Arabic and French. He has won a number of prizes and distinctions, including the Naguib Mahfouz Prize (American University in Cairo, 2002), the Sharjah-UNESCO Prize (2003), the Diploma and Medal of the Academic Society of Arts and Letters (Paris, 2009), and the Prize of the Academy of Floral Games (Toulouse, France, 2011). My Torturess was nominated for the International Arabic Fiction Prize in 2011. Roger Allen is the Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor Emeritus of Social Thought and Comparative Ethics in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is professor emeritus of Arabic and comparative literature. Among his translations are Bensalem Himmich’s A Muslim Suicide and The Polymath.

MEET HUNTER WHITE, OUR BOOK CLUB LEADER

Hunter White moved to Tacoma in the fall of 2018 to pursue his interests in international business and trade with East Asian markets. Although originally a New England native (Connecticut, Vermont and Maine), he has worked and lived in several cities overseas including Taipei, Beijing, and Kunming.

Given his interests in various nations and cultures around the globe, he figured the Tacoma Sister Cities would be the ideal place to find like-minded folks in The City of Destiny.

This hunch turned out to be correct; soon after joining, Hunter was fortunate to receive the opportunity to begin organizing the Tacoma Sister Cities Book Club along with help from several key community members.

When not reading Book Club selections or indulging in trashy true crime novels, Hunter stays busy by serving as the chairman for the Tacoma-Taichung Sister City Committee. Outside of work and community involvement, Hunter stays active by playing competitive squash, harvesting wild shellfish, and tending to his vegetable garden.

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