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QEWBOO Book Club November
QEWBOO Book Club November

Sun, Nov 26


Under the Umbrella Bookstore

QEWBOO Book Club November

Join the Queer Explorers of Worlds Beyond Our Own Book Club! November's book is Her Majesty's Royal Coven by Juno Dawson

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Time & Location

Nov 26, 2023, 2:00 PM

Under the Umbrella Bookstore, 511 W 200 S Suite 120, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA


About the Event


QEWBOO stands for Queer Explorers of Worlds Beyond Our Own. The book club reads queer speculative/science fiction and fantasy. Many of the books read contain graphic content. Participants are encouraged to review trigger warnings before starting any book, and alternative readings are suggested when appropriate. Follow @qewboo.bookclub on Instagram for more updates!

The book club meets on the last Sunday of each month at 2 p.m., unless otherwise indicated. Please consider bringing a contribution (sliding scale $1-5) for the meeting room reservation at Under the Umbrella. If $1 a month is a barrier for you, you are still welcome to attend!

COVID Precautions: It is a requirement for both the bookstore and the book club to wear a mask.

About the Book

A Discovery of Witches meets The Craft in the first installmant of this epic fantasy trilogy about a group of childhood friends who are also witches. At the dawn of their adolescence, on the eve of the summer solstice, four young girls--Helena, Leonie, Niamh and Elle--took the oath to join Her Majesty's Royal Coven, established by Queen Elizabeth I as a covert government department. Now, decades later, the witch community is still reeling from a civil war and an attempted coup and Helena is now the reigning High Priestess of the organization. Yet Helena is the only one of her friend group still enmeshed in the stale bureaucracy of HMRC. Elle is trying to pretend she's a normal housewife, and Niamh has become a country vet, using her powers to heal sick animals. In what Helena percieves as the deepest betryal, Leonie has defected to start her own more inclusive and intersectional coven, Diaspora. 

 And now Helena has a bigger problem. A young warlock of extraordinary capabilities is being detained and seems to threaten the very existence of HMRC. Everyone knows that warlocks shouldn’t be this powerful and when it’s revealed that Theo is transgender, it makes sense. But Helena has absolutely no intention of inducting a trans girl into HMRC, and her subsequent actions send ruptures through not only her group of friends, but the whole community – and this time, it looks like there’s no turning back. 

Get your Copy!

When possible, please support the store and the authors by purchasing a copy here! Most books should also be available at local libraries. One copy of each book is available for free to any QTPOC interested in reading the book but unable or unwilling to pay for a copy.

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