Upstanders Book Club – a social justice book club

Presented by Stand Up

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First Upstanders Book Club meeting: Tuesday 17 March, 7.30pm (Melb).
* Further book and location details when you join.

Why a Social Justice Book Club?

It is said that by imbuing a love of literature, one is able to offer the reader a chance to make profound connections between themselves and the world around them. By making the links that literature offers us, the reader is able to imagine the situations while thinking abstractly about them, contemplating the human condition at a deep level, thereby increasing empathy and social awareness.


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  • Book Club Members will gather together every 10 weeks (4 – 5 times per year) in Melbourne. 
  • Two social justice themed books will be chosen for each gathering, along with reading notes and questions for discussion. 
  • Members will have the chance to take part in facilitated discussions about the book/s in a casual, fun and informal environment.
  • Gatherings will offer a space for Members to connect with others in a meaningful way, through robust discussions and healthy debates. 
  • Guest speakers and authors will be invited when possible. 
  • $15 per Member will be charged at each gathering to cover the cost of nibbles and drinks.
  • In between gatherings, Members can chat online through the Upstanders Book Club Facebook Group – a space for opinions, articles, reviews and other materials to be shared amongst Members. 

Genres and themes

  • Books on offer will vary from fiction to non-fiction, including memoir, textbook, historical fiction and literary fiction. 
  • Social justice themes covered may include racism, sexism, feminism, human rights, refugees, political freedom, slavery, anti-Semitism and much more….. 

“Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.” – Salman Rushdie