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We are excited to announce that the winning BookThug title is none other than Pauls by Jess Taylor!


The first Broken Pencil Book Club meeting will be
on April 19th from 7pm-9pm!

Thank you for everybody who voted in our first ever BP Book Club poll! We’re so excited to be reading Pauls by Jess Taylor, and discussing it on April 19th.  Here’s how it works:

  • You can use the discount code “BPBC20” to purchase Pauls on the BookThug website! You’ll save 20%!
  • Send an email to [email protected] to sign up for this month’s edition of the book club, or keep your eye on BP Weekly, our Twitter and Facebook accounts and for details.
  • On April 19th, we’ll be setting up an online chatroom for Broken Pencil members with special guest, Pauls author Jess Taylor as well as folks from Broken Pencil’s editorial team!
  • The conversation will be split into two parts: the first hour will be focused on thematic, political and narrative analysis and conversation. The second hour will shift the focus from readers to writers — chatting with Jess about her process, writing short stories, technique and more!

More about Pauls:

Paul is not always the same Paul, but could very well be a similar Paul, another Paul in a long line of Pauls. Paul runs through forests, drinks in student housing, flirts with girls, at times is a girl, loves men, makes friends, jumps from buildings, hurts people, gets hurt, climbs up towards the sky, waits for a sunrise, and all those human things.

Pauls, the debut short-story collection by the exciting young writer Jess Taylor, is about people: the things that remain unseen to them; how they cope with their unforgettable pasts; the different roles they take in each other’s lives; how they hurt each other; how they try to heal each other; the things they want to learn; and the things they’ll never discover. At the same time, Pauls is a portrayal of the world as these people see it—they all exist in a universe that is strange and indifferent to those within it. Coincidences, relationships, conversations, and friendships all pose more questions than answers.