Sunday, April 12, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.,
TLC PDA (N110 LC)

Please register online. TLC Credit: Traditional, UI REACH

Presenter: Nicole Amato, Doctoral Student, Language, Literacy and Culture

You are invited to participate in our College of Education’s Young Adult Literature Book Club. We will be meeting once a month on Sunday afternoons to discuss a new book. Within this book club you will also have an opportunity to be part of a research study about reader response to literature, specifically how readers construct understandings of gender, sexuality, body, and feminist values. Participation in the study is not required to be part of the book club; however, I do hope you will consider contributing to the research! Participation in the study requires no additional work beyond the normal expectations of the book club. 

Book Summary:

Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.

Who are the Nowhere Girls? They’re everygirl. But they start with just three: Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head. Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant. Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

You can read more about the book here.

Content Warning: 

This semester’s book selections center themes of sexual trauma and assault. Book club sessions will always be held in private and enclosed spaces. Safety, confidentiality, and wellness will be prioritized before, during, and after each session. Please reach out to nicole-a-amato@uiowa.edu with any questions and concerns. 

Click to access the Zoom Meeting Room to attend this workshop.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Baker Teacher Leader Center, 319-335-5623, in advance.