Folkland Book Club featuring books from Small Press Distribution

Book cover advertising Folkland Book Club featuring books from Small Press Distribution at Oakland Public Library

Join us for a monthly book club featuring titles from Small Press Distribution. Pick up a free copy of our August book at the July Book Club meeting on 7/31, or at the Main Library Reference desk starting on 8/1 while supplies last.

Our August Book Club Pick:
THE COMPLETE STORIES OF LEONORA CARRINGTON

Fiction. Surrealist writer and painter Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) was a master of the macabre, of gorgeous tableaus, biting satire, roguish comedy, and brilliant, effortless flights of the imagination. Nowhere are these qualities more ingeniously brought together than in the works of short fiction she wrote throughout her life.

With a startling range of styles, subjects, and even languages (several of the stories are translated from French or Spanish), THE COMPLETE STORIES captures the genius and irrepressible spirit of an amazing artist's life.

"This definitive collection of Carrington's short fiction is a treasure and a gift to the world. A stunning achievement."—Jeff VanderMeer

"Leonora Carrington has unswervingly followed the intensity of her own particular vision and way of being...Her work bristles with a fierce, unconventional brand of feminism; anger gives it its final edge of irony and power."—Angela Carter

"Her delirious fantasy reveals to us a little of the secret magic of her paintings."—Luis Buñuel

"Carrington's stories are optimistic and nihilistic, beautiful and grotesque, tender and cruel. She never contented herself with something simple or trite, a philosophy of life that can be shortened and simplified and put in a fortune cookie."—Sheila Heti

"Her stories are vivid, funny and surprisingly fresh...[combining] satire with surrealist situations to deftly mock the pomposity of organized religion, sexual repression or the endless forms of bureaucratic hypocrisy and ineptitude."—The New York Times

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Where

Main Library

125 14th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 238-3134