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Published: June, 2021
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Do you love books? Do you love McSweeney’s Publishing? Have you always longed for the chance to discuss McSweeney’s titles with like-minded people in a virtual public arena? Have you been looking for something to fill up the last Wednesday of every month? Well then, dear subscription page reader, we have got GREAT news for you: Introducing the McSweeney’s Virtual Book Club: meeting online—for now fully, but we promise always in part—the last Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. PT/ 8:30 p.m. ET, to discuss our books old and new.

While all who have read each month’s book are welcome to attend, to help facilitate this book club—and in the name of offering a spectacular deal—we’ve created this official McSweeney’s Virtual Book Club Membership subscription. At the beginning of each month we’ll send you the new title, plus email event reminders, and who knows what other sorts of exclusive treats, at an unbeatable price of just $15 per book for one year! The very specific moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived; we hope you’ll join us.


For our fifth official McSweeney’s Virtual Book Club meeting (December 1) we’ll be discussing Farah Ali’s debut story collection, People Want to Live.

“With a cast of well-drawn characters, Ali pays careful attention to themes of mental health, loneliness, and poverty. Ali’s dexterous debut strikes hard.”
Publishers Weekly


Keep your eyes peeled for future installments, including a special themed issue of our award-winning McSweeney’s Quarterly, and trips backward through the McSweeney’s catalog.

To receive info about future meetings and titles without purchasing a membership, sign up on Goodreads here, or email with the subject line “Book Club Sign Up” to be added to the club’s mailing list.

Important technical logistics: subscriptions purchased before November 15 will begin with People Want to Live. While there is not complete overlap between new titles offered by the McSweeney’s Virtual Book Club and the six-issue McSweeney’s New Release Subscription, it will be very close. For all older titles we will check against previous book club mailings and purchases and credit additional books to ensure you do not get double copies and we do not charge you for a book you already possess. Bought your book somewhere else? Email with the subject line “Duplicate Book” and we’ll credit you manually. If you are already a subscriber to our six-book McSweeney’s New Release Subscription and would like to upgrade your subscription, email with the subject line “Book Club Upgrade.”