The Circle of Literary Judgement

What is the Circle of Literary Judgement?

The Circle of Literary Judgement (CLJ), in our humble opinion, is the coolest book club in Vancouver the world. Despite what the name of our club may suggest, we don’t judge, and we rarely sit in circles. And we take the term ‘literary’ less than literally – with dancing, singing, acting, building and drawing, this club does much more than read and talk. Our club was formed after a few members found that the clubs in Vancouver were, well, pretty darn pretentious and a bit boring – to get all the juicy details, read our profile in The Globe and Mail. As you can see, we don’t take ourselves very seriously. That being said, we do take the art of discussing books and sharing ideas in creative ways very, very seriously.

Who is in this Circle of Judgement?

The CLJ consists of smart, sexy Vancouverites who like to share their ideas and are open to those of others. Are you a smart, sexy, open-minded Vancouverite? We know there are a lot of you out there! We’re always taking new members, so be in touch if you’re interested in joining! Be warned – we’re a talkative bunch, and you may need to fight for airspace. Many of our members also write for The Daily Gumboot – can you guess which ones?

What are people saying about the CLJ?

So far we’ve gotten rave reviews. Kurt’s mom says, “This is a stellar book club!” and John’s dad says, “Even though my wife’s in a great book club on Vancouver Island, I wish there was a Circle of Literary Judgement that I could join here in Merville!”

What have we read?

Click on the links below to read a short review of the books we’ve read, and learn about the cool and quirky activities the CLJ does. We hope this inspires you to pick up something you normally wouldn’t otherwise, and we encourage you to add your two cents in if you’ve read (or have thought about reading) the book in question!

March 2012 | The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweill

February 2012 | Desolation Island by Patrick O’Brian

January 2012 | The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow

November 2011 | The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly

October 2011 | The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

September 2011 | Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

July 2011 | The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

June 2011 | Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

May 2011 | The Gunslinger by Stephen King

March 2011 | The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde

February 2011 | Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler

January 2011 | Skinny Dip by Carl Hiaasen

November 2010 | The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Botton

September 2010 | Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor

July 2010 | What is Stephen Harper Reading? by Yann Martel

May 2010 | The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart

April 2010 | The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

March 2010 | The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis

January 2010 | The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

November 2009 | Primary Colors by Joe Klein

October 2009 | The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

September 2009 | All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

August 2009 | The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

July 2009 | Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

June 2009 | Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

April 2009 | The Naked Ape by Desmond Morris

March 2009 | The Zanzibar Chest by Aidan Hartley

February 2009 | Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

December 2008 | What is the What by Dave Eggers

November 2008 | Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay

October 2008 | Immortality by Milan Kundera

September 2008 | The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov