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Reading Rainbow Book Club: Frankissstein

"In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love – against their better judgement – with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI.

Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with Mum again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere.

Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead… but waiting to return to life.

But the scene is set in 1816, when nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley writes a story about creating a non-biological life-form. ‘Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.'

What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realise. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself."


Her first book, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was a semi-autobiographical novel about a lesbian growing up in an English Pentecostal community. Other novels explore gender polarities and sexual identity and later ones the relations between humans and technology. She broadcasts and teaches creative writing. She has won a Whitbread Prize for a First Novel, a BAFTA Award for Best Drama, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the E. M. Forster Award and the St. Louis Literary Award, and the Lambda Literary Award twice. She has received an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to literature, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Reading Rainbow Queer Book Club meets monthly to discuss books of interest to queer readers, each time in a location to match that month's selection and to explore different queer-friendly venues in Denver.

This March, we will read lesbian author Jeanette Winterson's FRANKISSSTEIN: A LOVE STORY and meet at Creepatorium, the new events venue in run by Denver's premiere horror shop, HORRID. Co-owners Emerald Boes and Presley Peach use the space to host alternative events and to provide a safe, accessible and inclusive space for the horror, alt, and queer communities. Coffee is also available on site courtesy of Scr3am & Sugar Coffee!

Stick around after for a FREE movie! Creepatorium has generously offered their space to allow us to screen a queer Frankenstein film curated by CU Denver film professor Andy Hill!

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**Reading the book is NOT required--come and help us pick our next selection or suggest a book for us to consider!



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