LIC: July Book Club

Event date: 
07/11/2024 - 6:00pm

Join us on July 11 at 6pm for the inaugural meeting of Book Culture LIC's Book Club! We will be reading and discussing The Ministry of Time by Kaliane Bradley. The meeting will be hosted by Melina Smith.

We will meet in lower level of the store. Refreshments will be available! (Thanks to collaborators Sweet Tones NYC and Enoteca LIC)

We plan to discuss the book for an hour. While your host will come with some talking points and questions to kick off discussion, please don’t be afraid to share your thoughts and ask questions openly.

All Book Club Books are 20% off in-store and online with code LICBOOKCLUB. You can also purchase the audiobook through our affiliate.

In order to facilitate in-person event, we will be partially closing the lower floor starting at 5:45pm. Please review our Safety guidelines and RSVP for the event using this link: 


Book Description

“If you’re a fan of Outlander, spy novels, time travel books, or just really innovative and fun storytelling, The Ministry of Time is definitely for you.” —Town & Country“45 Must-Read Books of Spring 2024”

Part time travel romance, part spy thriller and 100% “multi-faceted joyride” (Harper’s Bazaar, UK): Welcome to The Ministry of Time, the exhilaratingly original debut novel by Kaliane Bradley.

In the near future, a civil servant is offered the salary of her dreams and is, shortly afterward, told what project she’ll be working on. A recently established government ministry is gathering “expats” from across history to establish whether time travel is feasible—for the body, but also for the fabric of space-time.

She is tasked with working as a “bridge”: living with, assisting, and monitoring the expat known as “1847” or Commander Graham Gore. As far as history is concerned, Commander Gore died on Sir John Franklin’s doomed 1845 expedition to the Arctic, so he’s a little disoriented to be living with an unmarried woman who regularly shows her calves, surrounded by outlandish concepts such as “washing machines,” “Spotify,” and “the collapse of the British Empire.” But with an appetite for discovery, a seven-a-day cigarette habit, and the support of a charming and chaotic cast of fellow expats, he soon adjusts.

Over the next year, what the bridge initially thought would be, at best, a horrifically uncomfortable roommate dynamic, evolves into something much deeper. By the time the true shape of the Ministry’s project comes to light, the bridge has fallen haphazardly, fervently in love, with consequences she never could have imagined. Forced to confront the choices that brought them together, the bridge must finally reckon with how—and whether she believes—what she does next can change the future.

An exquisitely original and feverishly fun fusion of genres and ideas, The Ministry of Time asks: What does it mean to defy history, when history is living in your house? Kaliane Bradley’s answer is a blazing, unforgettable testament to what we owe each other in a changing world.

About the Author

Kaliane Bradley is a British-Cambodian writer and editor based in London. Her short fiction has appeared in Somesuch StoriesThe Willowherb ReviewElectric LiteratureCatapult, and Extra Teeth, among others. She was the winner of the 2022 Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Prize and the 2022 V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize.


Event address: 
Book Culture LIC
26-09 Jackson Ave
Book Culture
Long Island City, NY 11101
The Ministry of Time: A Novel By Kaliane Bradley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781668045145
Availability: On hand at one or more locations, see product page for details
Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - May 7th, 2024