Queer Women’s Monthly Book Club

A free monthly book club for Queer Women held at the Out on the Shelves Library at QMUNITY (1170 Bute St, Vancouver) on the third Friday of every month from 7PM to 8:30PM. Please note that we regret that the Out On the Shelves Library is not currently wheelchair accessible. New members are welcomed and are requested to register in meeting or at qwmbc@qmunity.ca.

The Queer Women’s Monthly Book Club next meeting is Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7 pm in the Qmunity at the Bute Street location in the Out on the Shelves Library.

We are reading and discussing is “Maurice” by E.M. Forster

Set in the elegant Edwardian world of Cambridge undergraduate life, this story by a master novelist introduces us to Maurice Hall when he is fourteen. We follow him through public school and Cambridge, and on into his father’s firm, Hill and Hall, Stock Brokers. In a highly structured society, Maurice is a conventional young man in almost every way, “stepping into the niche that England had prepared for him”: except that his is homosexual.

Written during 1913 and 1914, after an interlude of writer’s block following the publication of Howards End, and not published until 1971, Maurice was ahead of its time in its theme and in its affirmation that love between men can be happy. “Happiness,” Forster wrote, “is its keynote….In Maurice I tried to create a character who was completely unlike myself or what I supposed myself to be: someone handsome, healthy, bodily attractive, mentally torpid, not a bad businessman and rather a snob. Into this mixture I dropped an ingredient that puzzles him, wakes him up, torments him and finally saves him.”

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This group is a Peer-Facilitated Group run by dedicated community members.