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Open Canon Book Club

Wiley Cash presents Open Canon Book Club!

We live in a time when appealing to and listening to the diversity of America's voices are more important than ever. The goal of the Open Canon Book Club is to introduce readers to voices and portrayals of the American experience they may not have otherwise encountered in their day-to-day lives, their education, or their book club meetings. Literary diversity plays a vital role in making us understood to one another, and this hope of understanding is the hinge upon which our democracy swings.

As to the name of the Open Canon Book Club, below are a few definitions from Merriam-Webster that are particularly apt:

Open: not restricted to a particular group or category of participants; exposed to general view or knowledge; having no enclosing or confining barrier.

Canon: a sanctioned or accepted group or body of related works; a criterion or standard of judgment; a body of principles, rules, standards, or norms.

For each month's selection of the Open Canon Book Club I will post discussion questions here and across my social media accounts, and I will also host live book club discussions online and in independent bookstores. The authors of each month's selection will be invited to participate in any and every way that interests them. I will also post and share relevant documentaries, essays, websites, and blogs that will enrich the experience of reading and discussing the month's selection.  

I'm thrilled to announce that The King's English Bookshop is willing to extend their book club discounts, between 10-20%, to members of the Open Canon Book Club. 

Wiley Cash is the New York Times best selling author of the novels The Last BalladA Land More Kind Than Home, andThis Dark Road to Mercy. He currently serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

January: Shelter by Jung Yun

February: Winter in the Blood by James Welch

March: The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

April:  Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles

May: Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith

June: The Sympathizer by Viet Than Nguyen

July: Look Me in the Eye by John Elder Robison

August: Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko





Shelter: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250075611
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-3 Days
Published: Picador - March 15th, 2016

Winter in the Blood Cover Image
By James Welch, Louise Erdrich (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143105220
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-3 Days
Published: Penguin Classics - July 29th, 2008

The Space Between Us: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060791568
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Perennial - February 6th, 2007

Read Between the Lines Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763691028
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - October 11th, 2016

Whiskey & Ribbons Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938235382
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Hub City Press - March 6th, 2018

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802124944
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307396181
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books - September 9th, 2008

Ceremony: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) Cover Image
By Leslie Marmon Silko, Larry McMurtry (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780143104919
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - December 26th, 2006