The Lit Salon Book Club–Ondaatje’s Warlight 04 November

Course NameLocationDurationDateTime
Lit Salon Book Club: Ondaatje's Warlight South London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study18 November 2018Sundays 6:30-8:30 PM

Book Art/Blondinrikard Fröberg

Do you wish your book club would talk about the book?

The London Lit Salon Book Club is a new, monthly book discussion group in South London that reads the finest 20th and 21st century literature from around the world (with the occasional classic thrown in the mix for good measure).

The Book Club’s monthly schedule offers the same serious discussion and professional facilitation as the Salon’s other studies, while providing the opportunity to explore a world of literature for which we might not offer one of our multi-week, in-depth studies. Like all books we read at the Lit Salon, the book club selections speak to basic and enduring questions of what it means to be human.

The Lit Salon Book Club meets on Sunday evenings from 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the comfortable West Norwood (SE27) bungalow of our discussion facilitator Mark Cwik. Meetings for 2018 are scheduled for:

October 7 — William Trevor’s Two Lives: Reading Turgenev and My House in Umbria.

November 18 — Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight

December 16 — TBA

(If you are interested in participating but cannot attend on these dates, please email facilitator Mark Cwik to let us know of your availability.)

Our book for 18 November will be Michael Ondaatje’s most recent novel Warlight. Ondaatje (author of The English Patient, among other works) received widespread high praise for Warlight when it was published earlier this year. Ondaatje gracefully addresses questions of childhood, memory, awareness, the necessities of war and the necessities of parenting. Add  to that lots of local London color and a bit of a spy thriller-adventure, and it makes for a fine read. Warlight is widely available, though still in hardcover only, ISBN: 978-1787330719

Registration for the Lit Salon Book Club is in six-month subscriptions of £90. You can also try us out with a one-month payment of £15. See below for payment options.

SPECIAL OFFER: if you’ve not attended before but would like to try us out, we invite you to attend your first meeting free of charge. Please email facilitator Mark Cwik to RSVP and we’ll provide you with location info.

With our friendly atmosphere of collaborative inquiry, high quality and challenging readings, professional facilitation and focused discussions, we are confident in calling the Lit Salon Book Club the best book discussion group in London.


ABOUT THE FACILITATOR: Mark Cwik has been organizing and leading book discussion groups for adults for over twenty years. He currently leads groups in London, Chicago, and Toronto. He was trained as a discussion facilitator while at the Great Books Foundation in Chicago.

“Mark guides our group with patience, wisdom, and thoughtfulness, informed by his vast experience. He leads our discussion with a masterful hand so that each of us brings our own voice to the discussion.  We reach new understandings of the text that we could never have achieved on our own.”– Chicago book group participant.



  • Facilitated by Mark Cwik
  • Sunday evenings 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Ongoing monthly study starting 07 October 2018
  • Meetings in South London (West Norwood SE27)
  • September recommended edition: Two Lives, by William Trevor, 1992, Penguin Books; ISBN-13: 978-0141044613
  • £15 per month, registration in six-month subscriptions, or as one-month trial

TO REGISTER for this ongoing study, please use the secure Paypal payment button below to pay £90 for a six-month subscription:

OR, for the one-month trial, use the Paypal button below to pay £15 your first discussion:

If you have any questions about this study, please contact us.