August Book Club: The House of Rust

August Book Club: The House of Rust

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The Junction Kitchen & Provisions

4438 Spruill Avenue

North Charleston, SC 29405

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Monthly book club meeting!

About this event

AUGUST PICK: The House of Rust by Khadija Abdalla Bajaber

Tuesday, August 16 & Wednesday, August 17

6:15 p.m. | Meet-and-greet

6:30 p.m. dinner & discussion | The Junction

3-course dinner from The Junction | $55 (includes drink pairings, tax, and tip)

Join us at The Junction to discuss The House of Rust by Khadija Abdalla Bajaber! Attendees must purchase a dinner ticket to attend; there are 35 spots for each night available for in-person seating.

Every month we gather to discuss the book over an original, three-course meal with drink pairings inspired by the book. Purchase your dinner ticket to let us know you'll be coming!

A note about COVID concerns: While we plan to have August's meeting in person, we will be ready to pivot to either outdoor dining or virtual meeting with to-go meals if COVID guidelines change between now and August 16. Please also note the update to our refund policy below.

Find a copy from the bookstore:

Paperback | $16.00

Audiobook | $28.74 or subscription

Get Let Book Club Subscription Box: $35/month | includes the book of the month and other thematic goodies!

The Fine Print

Book Orders: If you are purchasing the book through Eventbrite, Please reach out to Itinerant Literate for book pickup instructions: or (843) 225-6569.

Refund policy: Refunds will be granted up to the Sunday before the event. After this time, the Junction has begun preparation for the dinner and cannot grant refunds for the costs. Credits may be given on a case-by-case basis.

Transfer policy: Attendees can transfer their Tuesday night ticket to Wednesday night or vice versa if scheduling conflicts arise. If a transfer occurs within 12 hours of the event, please reach out to Itinerant Literate at or (843) 225-6569 to notify organizers of the change.

About the Book:

The first Graywolf Press African Fiction Prize winner, a story of a girl’s fantastical sea voyage to rescue her father

The House of Rust is an enchanting novel about a Hadrami girl in Mombasa. When her fisherman father goes missing, Aisha takes to the sea on a magical boat made of a skeleton to rescue him. She is guided by a talking scholar’s cat (and soon crows, goats, and other animals all have their say, too). On this journey Aisha meets three terrifying sea monsters. After she survives a final confrontation with Baba wa Papa, the father of all sharks, she rescues her own father, and hopes that life will return to normal. But at home, things only grow stranger.

Caught between her grandmother’s wish to safeguard her happiness with marriage and her own desire for adventure, Aisha is pushed toward a match with a sweet local boy that she doesn’t want. But before she can fight her way to independence—as embodied in the book by the mirage-like House of Rust—she must first gain experience and skills to vanquish Almassi, the imprisoned snake-demon ruler of Mombasa. Khadija Abdalla Bajaber’s debut is a magical realist coming-of-age tale told through the lens of the Swahili and diasporic Hadrami culture in Mombasa, Kenya. Richly descriptive and written with an imaginative hand and sharp eye for unusual detail, The House of Rust is a memorable novel by a thrilling new voice.

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