Join us for our next Throughlines Book Club meetup as we discuss "The Memory Police" by Yoko Ogawa!

Thursday, January 27, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

SECCA's Throughlines Book Club is open to the public. The book club reads primarily contemporary fiction and memoir, exploring how such works speak to (or against) our understanding of what it means to be human, how language shapes our reality, and how technology affects our relationships. The club meets regularly at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

For our next meetup, we'll be discussing Yoko Ogawa's "The Memory Police". The discussion will be led by Bill Carpenter, SECCA's Executive Director.

Support our local book store by purchasing the book from Bookmarks, available here. Book club members, make sure to mention SECCA's book club when checking out in-store at Bookmarks to get 20% off your book club purchase! For online orders, use discount code "20SECCA".

Throughlines is a new series of discussions, workshops, and performances that explore issues important to our communities through the power of invention and conversation. Join us and take part as we diverge from the beaten path to seek out fresh ideas.


A finalist for the International Booker Prize and the National Book Award, "The Memory Police" is A haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance, from the acclaimed author of "The Housekeeper and the Professor."

On an unnamed island, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses. . . . Most of the inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few able to recall the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police, who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten. When a young writer discovers that her editor is in danger, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards, and together they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past. Powerful and provocative, "The Memory Police" is a stunning novel about the trauma of loss.