Is anyone here in a group like this? Ever started one? Any advice?
Advice: Just don't.
Why not, R1?
It's just, well, how do I put this? So gay.
Will we be primarily reading pornographic material???
When did 12-year old straight boys start flocking to this site? Go home!
Read the thread on the eldergay at the gay film club. It sounded truly cunty.
However, I think with the right mix it could work.
Problem #1 - Not everyone is going to be able to pay $25 to $35 for a hardcover book (if that is the only book available)
So whatever book you are going to review, you must make sure there are about 10 copies available in the library. Which rules out the latest in books because of the waiting list.
That leave titles that are a few years older.
If you are going to do any books that are gay related, depending on where you live, the library might not have those titles.
Problem #2 - Where to host? Will you be hosting these gatherings month after month? Or will you alternate between members. Which is another problem because some can't host (roommie, partner, etc).
It is just headache after headache
Many of the great gay related books (or great books in general) are more than a few years old. So buying second hand on amazon for very little should hopefully not be a problem, unless it's a rare book.
Do something different, perhaps the occasional bit of non-fiction?
Buying second hand books can take awhile to get to people. A week in delivery, yes. But people sometimes put that off a week, two weeks. Before they know it next week rolls around and they haven't bought the book yet.
Why do you only have to read old, gay books?
And who can't afford a hardback book?
Or read something that's a year old and is in paperback.
Then the only answer is only people who aren't going to be lazy about it should participate.
OP, rule your book club with an iron fist!
[quote] And who can't afford a hardback book?
A lot of these clubs will attract an older gay male crowd, and being on a pension. They just cannot afford to purchase a new book month after month. Majority of your members will be retired gay men.
Now if you want to restrict the club to gay men that can afford to buy a new book month after month, go ahead.
Go for it OP, I'm not even an eldergay but I enjoy reading and totally would be down with reading some gay-themed books with a group of gay people. I bet you will find some interest.
If you get old books on Kindle for free, you could do it.
As long as you provide condoms and lube for the after-orgy I'm sure it'll be lovely.
OP, check out the "Insight Out" book club before proceeding.
OP, I'm sure you'll be fine. Sounds like R8 / R10 / R13 should avoid starting a book club though.
R8/R10/R13, you sound bizarre, frankly. I've been a member of several book clubs over the years, starting in my 20s. Not *once* have any of them been either "predominantly elderly" or attended by people who literally couldn't afford to buy books. Btw you are aware that you can buy used books on Amazon and get them in less than a week, yes? As for where to host, I've never been to a book club meeting that wasn't in someone's home; unless you live in Manhattan, it generally isn't an issue to fit 6-10 people into your place (and if you're partnered or have a roomie, tell him to join in or go out or stay in his room till you're done).
OP, unless you have quite a few gay male friends who are literate and not flaky, you're going to have trouble keeping a book club going. Btw my last book club was about 60% gay male, and we didn't pick "gay-specific" books per se, though having at least some gay-related content or characters generally helped.
I wonder why I have never been invited back to any of the book clubs I've joined.
There have been many, yet I never get invited back.
I wonder why?
The Book Club I attend is not primarily gay. Who ever selects the book hosts. If they don't want to host at home, a bar usually works. The host pays for food. We each bring a bottle of wine. The expectation is you'll make every attempt to read the book, but if you don't, no big deal, attend for the social aspects. The fun part is its mixed. Men. Women. Gay. Straight. And you read what ever is selected. Makes for great conversation!
I started a monthly book group about ten years ago that is still going strong. Here's how you do it:
Whoever hosts puts three book choices out for an email vote to all the members two months before their meeting. This works well because the host is picking three books he/she would like to read, but the other members get some say as well. The winning book is the one everyone will read for that meeting. Choosing the book two months ahead gives everyone a chance to get their book vote in, buy the selected book and read it in time for the meeting at the host's house.
We have more than a dozen members in our group, so you only have to host once a year or so. Hosts sign up in November for the following year. Serve some drinks and hors d'oeuvres while everyone socializes for an our or so, discuss the book and then serve dessert/coffee after.
If you want good attendance, keep book selections to award winners and/or best sellers for broad appeal and keep them under 500 pages.