The Champaca Book Club & Book Community
Our advanced plans to the Champaca Book Subscription includes access to the Book Club & Book Community.
What is the Champaca Book Community?
The Champaca Book Community is a forum where you can have sustained conversations with other readers about the book of the month, on a dedicated Slack channel. Stay in touch with book-lovers throughout the month, discussing what you think of the books you're reading!
The Champaca Book Club
The Champaca Book Club has monthly meetings anchored by Somak Ghoshal, a cultural and literary critic. Subscribers to the advanced plans will receive exclusive access to these meetings. Every month, the first thirty sign-ups will be part of a book club meeting to discuss Champaca’s book of the month.
For the first season of the Book Club, we will be reading some of the finest literary fiction and non-fiction in translation from across India and the world. The discussions will cover the historical and contemporary contexts of these books, while focusing on individual responses, takeaways, likes and dislikes.
So far, in our book club events, we have been joined by authors, translators, and publishers of the books we have been reading. In July, we talked to the daughters of Nabaneeta Dev Sen, the translator of Chandrabati's Ramayan. In August, we were joined by Cox's translator, Simon Pare, who gave us unique insight into the author, and his own efforts of translation. In November, both the author, Unni R, and the translator, J Devika, of The Cock is the Culprit, joined our book club for a discussion of their own experiences in writing and translating the novel. We've been thrilled to have these lovely, intimate conversations with the people that have brought the books we are reading to us, and we're excited to share this with you.
We are excited to create a space where readers can come together and form a community, and to bring these books alive in interesting ways and enhance your reading through conversations.