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A Pre-Apocalyptic Book Club, Discussing Post-Apocalyptic Books

In January, AMC aired (or should I say “cabled”?) a short segment on Freebird Books‘ post-apocalyptic book club. And, no, that doesn’t mean the book club itself takes place after the apocalypse, merely that they’re discussing–wait, you’re way ahead of me, aren’t you? Anyway: great idea! Our own Ben Segedin is sort of a one-man post-apocalyptic book club, and I took a stab at it myself in “Core Collection: Before and After The Road.” But, if you live in Brooklyn, you may want to push your shopping cart down to the waterfront and ask if you can join. I believe the price of admission is one can of peaches in heavy syrup. Or, you may wish to start your own post-apocalyptic book club. (Just please don’t call it “post-apoc,” as do the Freebirds; I’m sure that, after the apocalypse, there will be more than enough time to pronounce all six syllables.)

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

5 Comments on "A Pre-Apocalyptic Book Club, Discussing Post-Apocalyptic Books"

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  1. bookluver321@gmail.com' Becky says:

    How exciting! I love Sci Fi books, and lately books that center around the apocalypse. “Resonance” by A. J. Scudiere is my latest favorite… I listened to AJ’s free audio movie tracks on her site. Audio Movies are a big step up from Audiobooks. You should hear it and see the difference for yourself!”

  2. lisa.osur@co.pitkin.co.us' lisa osur says:

    I have been talking with a lot of people, lately, about what I see as new genres in YA literature- vampire and post-apocalypse. The more recent books I have read which fit in the post-apocalypse genre- and that I loved- are:
    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The City of Ember (and its sequels) by Jeanne DuPrau, The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld (and I loved Peeps, too), The Host by Stephenie Meyer and I know there are more out there. When asked why this new genre has emerged I site 9/11 and the fact that young people for the first time in our history are having to think about- What if…? Studying different scenerios is a way for them to work through their anxieties and perhaps become active in ensuring that the future doesn’t become what they read about in the stories. I have yet to read a post-apocalypse book that gives us any promise for that potential future- does anyone know of any?

  3. laustin@kdl.org' Lynda says:

    Can you give me the titles of some of your fav post apocalyptic books for teens? I’m doing a booklist for your Summer Reading Program and I need some suggestions. Thanx!

  4. I just came across a dystopian novel that is a quick, thoughtful read…. it is based on the dangers of superficiality and has a lot of similarities to the Holocaust…

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