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Wiley Cash presents Open Canon Book Club!

We live in a time when appealing to and listening to the diversity of America's voices are more important than ever. The goal of the Open Canon Book Club is to introduce readers to voices and portrayals of the American experience they may not have otherwise encountered in their day-to-day lives, their education, or their book club meetings. Literary diversity plays a vital role in making us understood to one another, and this hope of understanding is the hinge upon which our democracy swings.

As to the name of the Open Canon Book Club, below are a few definitions from Merriam-Webster that are particularly apt:

Open: not restricted to a particular group or category of participants; exposed to general view or knowledge; having no enclosing or confining barrier.

Canon: a sanctioned or accepted group or body of related works; a criterion or standard of judgment; a body of principles, rules, standards, or norms.

For each month's selection of the Open Canon Book Club I will post discussion questions here and across my social media accounts, and I will also host live book club discussions online and in independent bookstores. The authors of each month's selection will be invited to participate in any and every way that interests them. I will also post and share relevant documentaries, essays, websites, and blogs that will enrich the experience of reading and discussing the month's selection.  

I'm thrilled to announce that The King's English Bookshop is willing to extend their book club discounts, between 10-20%, to members of the Open Canon Book Club. 

Wiley Cash is the New York Times best selling author of the novels The Last BalladA Land More Kind Than Home, andThis Dark Road to Mercy. He currently serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

2020 Book List

January: Of Love and Dust by Ernest J. Gaines

February: Southernmost by Silas House

March: The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs

April: Refund by Karen Bender

May: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

June: The Leavers by Lisa Ko

July: The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú

August: American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

September: The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

October: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

November: Edinburgh by Alexander Chee

December: There There by Tommy Orange

Of Love and Dust (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780679752486
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Published: Vintage - May 31st, 1994

Southernmost Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616209360
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Published: Algonquin Books - June 4th, 2019

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501169373
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 16th, 2018

Refund: Stories Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781619026230
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - November 10th, 2015

Washington Black Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525563242
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Published: Vintage - April 9th, 2019

The Leavers (National Book Award Finalist): A Novel Cover Image
By Lisa Ko
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616208042
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 24th, 2018

The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780735217737
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

American Spy: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812988284
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 17th, 2020

The Other Americans: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436034
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Published: Vintage - March 17th, 2020

Bluebird, Bluebird (A Highway 59 Novel #1) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316363273
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Published: Mulholland Books - August 28th, 2018

Edinburgh Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9780544916128
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Published: Mariner Books - November 1st, 2016

There There Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780525436140
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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019