Reading is one hobby we take quite close to the heart, and anything related to reading and books when comes to us we like to spread it like wild fire amongst the masses. Here is yet another such event for all the females out there (sorry boys, we will look out for you next time) Aqui the Owner & manager of Bombay Underground Bookhouse & Dharavi Art Room has now started an informal Reading Women’s Book Club. The whole thing is a mix of some of the best and most essential things, Women, Books & Art.
Aqui is one of those ardent creative Bibliophiles who was most probably born with the love for Books and Arts, thus her campaigns for the same just doesn’t seem surprising but surely promising. She has now recently decided upon starting a Women’s Reading Book Club where in the books are also female author centric only. You could call it anything from a Book Club to a simple informal meet up which involves books, reading, and art.
The project involves women getting together, reading a book and then creating a piece of art inspired by that book. It can be a poem, a photography project, or even sketches. It’s open to your interpretation, and creativity. She aspires to use it all to create a zine that will be showcased at a show on September 20 at What About Art?
The community of Readers is expanding what with the help of the social media platforms people dedicating their profiles and blogs in writing and spreading more and more about books, authors and reading in general. The idea of this Book Club is even more refreshing due to it’s core idea of making it Women centric, thus indirectly aspiring more women into reading and writing and then motivating people them to think and create artful things out of that beauty. The whole vibe of it all sounds empowering.
Aqui has a reading list of 10 books – all written by women authors. Every 10 days, the group convenes at What About Art?// and discusses the book, their opinions, and feelings. The current Reading List includes ten books namely follows:
- Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (from the previous meet-up)
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley,
- Fun Home by Alison Bechdel,
- A Room Of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf,
- Scum Manifesto by Valerie Solanis,
- The Colour Purple by Alice Walker,
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath,
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi,
- The Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrission and
- Masooma by Ismat Chugtai.
The last meet-up was on last Sunday, August 6th.
Flat 7, 1st Floor, Baitush Apartments, Near Sigdi Restaurant, 29th Road, Bandra West, Mumbai