Brautigan Book Club


The Brautigan Book Club isn’t a normal book club. Instead it’s a creative society inspired by the American Beat writer and counterculture icon, Richard Brautigan.

Richard Brautigan (1935-1984) is an American writer. His easy-to-read yet idiosyncratic prose style is seen as the best characterisation of the cultural electricity prevalent in San Francisco during the last years of the Beat Generation and the emergence of the counterculture movement.

Note: The BBC met every last Tuesday of the month at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club throughout 2012. It no longer meets in the flesh but the Brautigan Book Club blog remains online as an archive and a space which shows off videos, images, art and writing sent in from world over. In the spirit of inclusivity and against censorship, anything sent in will be published.


Founded by saltpeter as part of its role as an artistic hub, The Brautigan Book Club meets monthly throughout 2012 to explore Brautigan’s novels, building towards the International Unpublished Writers Day (Jan 30), a festival of creative expression inspired by Brautigan’s infamous library, and the World Premiere of opera Tonseisha – The Man Who Abandoned the World, inspired by Brautigan. While we’re based in London, fellow Brautiganites join us via our website, and are encouraged to launch their own satellite events.

The Club provides a warm, informal setting in which Brautigan is our starting point. Though each meeting features a guest speaker presenting a response to the book, we encourage everyone to share their responses, no matter how elliptical. Anything from re-enacting a moment from a book, baking a cake, writing a song, even planting a garden; all and everything is wanted. We will weave a selection into a handmade ‘zine’ at the end of the year – a Brautigan-inspired creative retrospective, if you will, and nod towards self-publishing.

The particular beauty of The Brautigan Book Club is that it encourages total freedom of expression. It nurtures creative friendships and critical dialogue, both online and through live events, across the globe.