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Bridge Culture Club’s next selection is ‘American Salvage’

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We are resuming Bridge Book Club in February, with a brand-new name. This event series is now titled Bridge Culture Club, because we've heard reader feedback and want to expand our event series to include additional media, including film and podcasts. 

However, for February, we are sticking with our tried and true medium — an excellent, Michigan-focused book. We will be reading “American Salvage," by Bonnie Jo Campbell. We are fortunate to be joined by Campbell for our discussion of the book!

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“American Salvage” is a moving, sometimes inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking collection of short stories set in rural Michigan, where wildlife, jobs, and ways of life are vanishing. “American Salvage” is part of Wayne State University Press' Made in Michigan Writers Series.

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Please bring your lunch and join Bridge Book Club to discuss the book on Zoom from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m Feb. 17. You’ll have an opportunity to submit questions for Campbell during the event. Bridge membership and engagement director Amber DeLind will moderate this discussion.

To receive an invitation and Zoom link to this discussion, please complete this event registration form.

Here’s our schedule

  • Book announced: Jan. 10
  • First discussion questions on the first five stories posted on Bridge culture club closed Facebook group: Jan. 27
  • Second discussion questions on the next five stories posted on Bridge culture club closed Facebook group: Feb. 3
  • Third discussion questions on the final four stories posted on Bridge culture club closed Facebook group: Feb. 13
  • Live Zoom discussion: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 17

How to get the book

For Bridge Club members: We will provide an e-version of the selected book as a membership benefit. If you’re not already a member: Join today for as little as $1 and support our nonprofit newsroom. Members will receive a link to their free book via email from membership and engagement director Amber DeLind.

If you are not a Bridge Club member but would like to borrow the book or buy the book: You can order “American Salvage” directly from the publisher, visit your library or download it from a Michigan library system to an e-reader or smartphone via Libby. The book may also be available at local bookstores, some of which offer curbside pickup. Call your local bookstore to inquire.

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How to take part in the online discussion

Please join our closed Facebook group by clicking here to participate in weekly discussions of the book in the lead-up to our Zoom event. Bridge staff will approve your membership in this closed group. 

Over the next several weeks, we will post discussion questions about sections of the book’s chapters, and group members will be invited to interact with our team and with one another. See the box above for a schedule.

Participation in these weekly discussions is not required to participate in the Zoom discussion.

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