Talks & Events
The Non-Fiction Book Club
William Henry Fox Talbot. Three Sheets of Gauze, Crossed Obliquely, ca. 1855. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.
The Non-Fiction Book Club: Thresholds
Wed 14 Dec 2016, Wed 11 Jan 2017, Wed 8 Feb 2017, 7-9pm, Free, SLG Meeting Room
The Non-Fiction Book Club, initiated by Leonie Shinn-Morris and Bryony White, explores a selection of non-fiction texts drawn together in response to a specific topic over three monthly sessions.
The book club spans a wide breadth of non-fiction forms, including personal essays and memoirs, creative non-fiction and literary criticism, screenings of film essays and long-form journalism. Non-fiction is a protean, expansive genre, one that is often used to broadly define and label varying forms, modes and styles of writing. Bringing together what may seem to be disparate styles and authors, each month this book club will offer an opportunity to explore the various forms and guises that non-fiction can take, in order to challenge, unsettle and transgress our understanding of the genre.
The first topic for the book club will be Thresholds, from windows and doors to the boundaries between one identity and another. With the launch of this new project at the South London Gallery, the Non-Fiction Book Club begins by examining the threshold of the gallery space itself, as well as the conceptual intersections between the visual arts, fiction and non-fiction that will be interrogated over three months.
Thresholds Reading List:
14 Dec 2016: Windows and Doors - FULLY BOOKED
Elaine Gurrian’s Threshold Fear (Excerpts)
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, Emmet von Stackelberg
Glass, John Garrison (Excerpts)
The Arcades Project, Walter Benjamin (Excerpts)
11 Jan 2017: Transitions and Definitions
Trans, Juliet Jacques (Excerpts)
The Women, Hilton Als
‘White Bodies, Black Faces’, Yahdon Israel
8 Feb 2017: Beginnings and Endings
The Mushroom at the End of the World, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing (Excerpts)
Beginnings: Intention and Method, Edward Said (Excerpts)
The Shape of a Pocket, John Berger (Excerpts)
DINOSAUR.GIF, Anna Zett
The Non-Fiction Book Club is limited to 12 places, to reserve your place and receive access to texts please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The book club is free but spaces are limited and on a first come first served basis.
Bryony and Leonie met at university in 2009.
Leonie Shinn-Morris is a writer and editor based in London. She is currently an Editor at Google Arts & Culture.
Bryony White is a writer based in London. She has written for the TLS, Hazlitt, The Atlantic, The Awl, this is tomorrow, The Quietus, Apollo and Elephant Magazine. She is currently undertaking an AHRC funded PhD at King’s College London exploring the relationship between contemporary art, performance and the law.