Sunday, March 29, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.,
Online Workshop

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:

There are three kinds of people in my world: 1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t see your nose. 2. Misfits, people who don’t belong. Like me—the way I don’t fit into Dad’s brand-new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother, Mama’s-Boy-Muhammad. Also, there’s Jeremy and me. Misfits. Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good together, we don’t go together. Same planet, different worlds. But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right? 3. Monsters. Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O’Connor’s stories. Like the monster at my mosque. People think he’s holy, untouchable, but nobody has seen under the mask. Except me. 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 with any questions and concerns. 

Additional Notes: 

The first 10 students to register for the session will be eligible to get a free book. We have ten free copies of each book at the N110 help desk (N110 LC). Once you have registered for the book club session, then you are welcome to come by the N110 to pick up your free copy. Otherwise, register as required by the TLC for certificate hours. 

Books are also available at the University Library, Iowa City Public Library, Prairie Lights, and Amazon.

If you register for the workshop and don’t attend our book club meeting, we will charge your UBill for the cost of the book and refreshments (~$20.00). This includes last minute calls that you are sick.

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.