Maple Street Book Club focuses on The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge with Morgan Babst

The Maple Street Book Shop will meet to discuss Rainer Maira Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, at the Maple Street Book Shop (7529 Maple Street).

This month, Morgan Babst will be the guest facilitator, and she’s picked Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids. The book club choice is available at 10% off at the store. Refreshments will be served. No sign-up is necessary to attend the club.

Morgan Babst’s novel, The Floating World, about a family’s struggle to rebuild their lives following Hurricane Katrina, is forthcoming from Algonquin in the Spring of 2017. She’s a graduate of NOCCA and Yale, and received her MFA from New York University, where she was a Goldwater fellow. Her work has appeared in The Butter/The Toast, Guernica, the New Orleans Review, the Harvard Review, jmww, and Revolution John. She blogs about food, homesickness, books, and art at NOLA in Exile .

“In the only novel by one of the German language’s greatest poets, a young man named Malte Laurids Brigge lives in a cheap room in Paris while his belongings rot in storage. Every person he sees seems to carry their death with them, and with little but a library card to distinguish him from the city’s untouchables, he thinks of the deaths, and ghosts, of his aristocratic family, of which he is the sole living descendant. Suffused with passages of lyrical brilliance, Rilke’s semi-autobiographical novel is a moving and powerful coming-of-age story.”