november 2019

03nov6:30 pm8:30 pmThe Lit Salon Book Club - Americanah6:30 pm - 8:30 pm West Norwood, LondonType Of Study:LiteratureFrequency:MonthlyDuration:Ongoing

Event Details

The London Lit Salon Book Club is a 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 2018/19 are scheduled for:

07 October 2018– William Trevor’s Two Lives: Reading Turgenev and My House in Umbria.

18 November 2018 — Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight

06 January 2019 — Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights

03 February 2019 — Sjón’s The Blue Fox

03 March 2019 — Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses

07 April 2019 — Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita

28 April 2019 — Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go

26 May 2019 —  Paul Auster’s The Music of Chance

28 July 2019 — Bridget Collins’ The Binding

08 September 2019 — Tessa Hadley’s Late in the Day

03 November 2019 — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah

01 December 2019 — TBA


Our book for 03 November will be Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2013 novel Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chicago Tribune‘s Heartland Award, was shortlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and was a New York Times Book Review Best Book of the Year.

Eugenia Williamson in the Boston Globe says: “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has written a scintillating, funny, and heartfelt novel, not least because of Ifemelu, a Nigerian transplant whose 13-year tenure as a resident of the United States has come to an end. She is a complex and unforgettable character . . . The journeys of these characters, their brush-ups with race, class, politics, literature, family on three continents result in a cerebral and utterly transfixing epic . . . Among its many strengths, Americanah is superlative at making clear just how isolating it can be to live far away from home. . .”

And, Michael Peed of the New York Times Sunday Book Review writes: “Adichie is an extraordinarily self-aware thinker and writer, possessing the ability to lambaste society without sneering or patronizing or polemicizing. For her, it seems no great feat to balance high-literary intentions with broad social critique. . .”


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.



  • Facilitated by Mark Cwik
  • Sunday evenings 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Ongoing monthly study, next meeting 03 November 2019
  • Meetings in South London (West Norwood SE27)
  • 03 November recommended edition: Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Fourth Estate (2014); ISBN-13: 978-0007356348
  • £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 monthly payment, use the Paypal button below to pay £15:

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.

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