Our Book Clubs

Starting in March, we'll be hosting two book clubs in the bar. To join, simply send us a note at info@riffraffpvd.com and read the book before the meeting!


Fiction: Wednesday, March 7 at 7pm

For the fiction book club (led by Emma) the first selection is Exes, by Providence's own Max Winter:

For Clay Blackall, a lifelong resident of Providence, Rhode Island, the place has become an obsession. Here live the only people who can explain what happened to his brother, Eli, whose suicide haunts this heartbreaking, hilarious novel-in-fragments. Behind Clay’s task — which seems insane, definitely doomed, and, as the pages turn, increasingly suspect — burns his desire to understand his brother‘s death and the city that has defined and ruined them both. Full of brainy detours and irreverent asides, Exes is a powerful investigation of grief, love, and our deeply held yet ever-changing notions of home.


Non-Fiction: Wednesday, March 21 at 7pm

For the non-fiction book club (led by Tom) the first selection is Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions, by Valeria Luiselli:

Structured around the forty questions Luiselli translates and asks undocumented Latin American children facing deportation, Tell Me How It Ends humanizes these young migrants and highlights the contradiction between the idea of America as a fiction for immigrants and the reality of racism and fear — both here and back home.