In 2009 Daniel and I were working at BookPeople Bookstore in Austin, TX. We, of course, love books, and we found that talking to each other about them was a lot of fun. We decided to formalize this relationship with the creation of The Voyage Out Book Group.

The idea of the Voyage Out is to read novels from specific locales in three-month cycles. Examples would be a three-month cycle where we read Kenzaburo Oe, Yasunari Kawabata, and Haruki Murakami. This Japanese region would not be a way to completely understand Japanese culture, or even Japanese Literature. The goal is more in line with what we gain when we travel to unfamiliar places. We gain some knowledge, respect, understanding, empathy, and hopefully have a great time, too.

Years have passed, and the group has changed a little. Daniel has left the group, although he is always welcome, and has been replaced by Daniel (the new model). I no longer work at the best independent bookstore in the history of the planet, but I still remain close to many of the employees (one in particular). One thing that has not changed is our mission. We still read regional fiction in three-month cycles. We still meet the last Sunday of every month at BookPeople (5pm). We are still open to anyone who wants to come by. That means you, please check us out.  We are still learning about new places, new authors, new books, and new ways of reading.

If this sounds at all enjoyable to you, please stop by. If you’d like more information on what we do, email me at thevoyageoutbookgroup@gmail.com or check us out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/35939351535/ .

Thank you for your time.

See you soon,

Brian Contine


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