For this winter season, we will be focusing on modern American literature from diverse authors. If you’re wondering what you have to do or prepare for the club, it’s simple: just read the book we’ve selected for the month and come to the meeting with an open mind and an open heart. The host will have discussion questions prepared, but your own questions are encouraged and welcome. The point is, it’s no pressure on you! We will read one book a month starting in November, and meet twice per month to discuss the book. The schedule for meeting, and a brief description of the books is provided below. Finally, all books can be found at Stockmann’s Akateeminen Kirjakauppa if you prefer paper copies.  To sign up, please email:

A Note from the Host:

Hey, my name is Missy and I’ll be the main host of the club. I was a high school English teacher in the U.S. for three years before moving to Finland to pursue my master’s degree in English literature at the University of Helsinki. I’m currently in my second, and last, year of studies at the university, which means it’s thesis time. I love reading, but more importantly I love reading and discussing literature with others. I strongly believe in listening to the unique perspectives of different people from different cultures because it leads to a fuller understanding of the text. As one of the most international cafes in Helsinki, Brooklyn Cafe offers the perfect setting to talk about books, and ultimately gain a better perspective on the important things in life that stretch across all cultures.

Book Club will Meet at 1900-2000 on the Dates below.

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The association of small bombs

22.11.2017 & 20.12.2017

A finalist for the National Book Award in 2016, The Association of Small Bombs explores the effects of terrorism after an attack in New Delhi. The book follows the lives of victims, bystanders, and the bomber himself across India and America.

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11.01.2018 & 01.02.2018

The 2016 winner of the Pulitzer Prize, The Sympathizer follows the life of a half-french, half-

Vietnamese communist spy. After the Fall of Saigon, the double agent comes to America and continues to live his double life all the while dealing with love, friendship, and identity.



08.02.2018 & 01.03.2018

This novel follows the lives of two teenagers from Nigeria as they make their way to London and the United States respectively. The novel explores love, friendship, and race across these three continents.