Wednesday, February 8, 2012

February Meeting :"Secretary" from Bad Behavior by Mary Gateskill

The First Rule of Book Club gets "romantic" in February.....
We will be reading the short story "Secretary" from the collection
Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill.
"Secretary" is the only required reading for this meeting since it is VERY short I encourage you to read another story or two to give a recommendation, warning or review  during our meeting.

 **If book buying isn't in your budget this month the short story "Secretary" is posted here:

After the discussion we will be watching the 2002 film Secretary starring James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhall.

 The meeting will be held 
February 13th, 2012 at The Jack London Bar ( in the basement of The Rialto Pool Hall)
at 7pm
Film will follow @8:30

Crack That Spine,
Nico Bella

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

2012.....A Reading Odyssey....

 Hello lascivious literates and prurient page turners,

SO much news to share with you!
After a lovely year at The Backstage/Bagdad I have decided to switch up our routine and move downtown
to the Jack London Bar- located at 529 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
in the basement of The Rialto Pool hall. Not only do they have  great drinks, cozy seating and an excellent menu- we also get to say we belong to a book club that meets in the basement of a pool hall which, is very in keeping with the vibe of the FROBC.
Below is our reading list for 2012--best get to turning those pages - our first meeting is in just 2 weeks!

 All meetings will be held on the second Monday of the month starting January 9th

January 9th-The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton  

Feb 13th-Bad Behavior:Stories ( Contains "Secretary") by Mary Gaitskill 

March 12th -Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

April 9th -Shopgirl by Steve Martin

May 14th - Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel ( meeting will be offsite - location TBA)

June 11th- Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace

July 9th-Everything Is Illuminated by Johnathan Safran Foer

August 13th- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

September 10th-Different Seasons ( Contains Summer "Stand By Me") by Stephen King

October 8th- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

November 12th-High Fidelity by Nick Hornsby 

December 10th From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming

January 14th 2013 The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

12/13- Family Friendly Meeting/Screening for The Princess Bride"

The First Rule of Book Club closes out it 2011 with an all ages book club and screening.

Written in 1973 this fantastic fairy tale has been through printing upon reprinting and the fiction Golding weaves around the book itself is as entertaining as the much beloved story of Wesley and Buttercup.

A marvelous book to be read OUT LOUD, we encourage friends and families toshare in the laughs and charm together.

To accommodate out all ages friends we will be meeting at the Bagdad Cafe ( on Hawthorne) instead of the
Backstage Bar and will be meeting an hour earlier @ 6pm.

This month we are making our screening a PUBLIC EVENT ! and inviting friends of all ages to come share in a great movie and raise money for our friends at Street Books.

Street Books is a "bicycle powered mobile library for people living outside" for more information on this incredible project please visit the web site

All profits from the screening will be donated to Street books and we will also be taking up a book collection
please check out  the frequently requested books list and donate what you can.

The film screening is free for all those who attend the book club and a mere $3.00 ( $1.00 for kids 12 and under) for the public

FROBC Presents
The Princess Bride
December 13th,2011
The Bagdad Pub and Theater
Book Club5:30
Film :7:00

Oh golly!

Apologies for not keeping our friends, fiends and fans as up to date as we should...STAY TUNED!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Our November meeting "WILD AT HEART" by Barry Gifford

The FROBC takes a turn on to the
highway for a wild ride.
This high octane true love story
surrounds the romance between
modern literature's "Southern Gothic Romeo & Juliet"
Sailor Ripley and Lula Pace Fortune.

Made in to a remarkable cinema by David Lynch in
1990 who called it "a really modern romance in a violent world – a picture about finding love in hell.".

"Wild At Heart" had the world listening to
Chris Isaak for the first time
and had everyone sayin'
"You got me hotter than Georgia asphalt."
As with most movies though...
you only got half of the story.

Join us as we follow our star crossed lovers
on an adventure filled with my favorite M's
Murder,Mayhem and Make-out
Tuesday Nov. 8th
The Backstage Bar ( 37th 3 doors down from The Bagdad Theater)
Meeting@ 7:00
Film Screening @ 8:30

Monday, October 3, 2011

October Meeting -"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" By Philip K. Dick

"If you dial," Iran said, eyes open and watching, "for greater venom, then I'll dial the same."

After a year of dipping in to the past this month The First Rule of Book Club reaches in to the future with Philip K. Dick's post-apocalyptic masterpiece.

Written in 1968 and set in 1992 ( though later editions set it in 2012) "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" follows bounty hunter Rick Deckard as he sets out to retire the last of the Nexus -6 androids. Though futuristic in it's settings, this novel offers a very modern meditation on manufactured emotion,marketed religion and our ever lessening empathy.

The discussion will be followed by a special screening of Blade Runner ( Final Cut). The film, released in 1982 and starring Harrison Ford, Sean Young , Rutger Hauer and Darryl Hannah is a visually lush adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel.

Enjoy the original 1982 Trailer for "Blade Runner"

FROBC Presents
"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"
by Philip K.Dick
October 11th, 2011
The Backstage Bar 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd. ( 3 doors down on 37th)
Meeting 7:00pm
Film 8:30
FREE ( though donations to the kitty are always welcome)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Our September Meeting "Hollywood" by Charles Bukowski

Bukowski often wrote about the Hollywood he lived in-- but his novel "Hollywood" takes him in to unfamiliar territory as he fictionalizes his experience of writing and watching the production of "Barfly"

 Meet and Discuss "Hollywood" September 13th, 2011
7pm @ McMenamins Backstage Bar
3702 SE Hawthorne ( behind the Bagdad on 37th , next to Greater Trumps)

After the meeting a private screening of "Barfly" will be held in The Bagdad Theater.

Crack That Spine,
Nico Bella