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Tribute to Dr. Toni Morrison “What does it mean to be human? FOREIGNNESS IS THE REALM OF THE CURIOUS.The dream state is where you are most vulnerable.The final frontier of home is the human body. Home is where the memory of the self dwells…” — From...
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BOOTLEG BALLOONATICS PRESENT: BLOOMSDAY IN LONDON – 16THJUNE 2019 Journey through an imaginary Dublin on the streets of Tufnell Park For anyone unable to make it to Dublin, this year the Balloonatics offer you the chance to celebrate Bloomsday here in London....
The London Lit Salon Book Club is a monthly book discussion group in South London that reads the finest 20th and 21st
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.
Our next selection for 01 December 2019 will be the beautiful, 100-page story A River Runs Through It, by American writer Norman Maclean. Since it’s publication in 1976, Maclean’s story has been widely acclaimed as one of the finest works of American writing in the 20th century.
“If there is a smarter, more affecting meditation on the themes of fathers and sons, brothers, the pleasures of the natural world, love, loss, and the haunting power of water, I have yet to come across it. As it has for many others, A River Runs through It became for me a kind of central text, equal parts fishing primer, literary masterwork, and spiritual guide. . . . It remains one of my most beloved books.”–Jon Gluck “New York Times “
Previous Book Club readings have included:
October 2018– William Trevor’s Two Lives: Reading Turgenev and My House in Umbria.
November 2018 — Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight January 2019 — Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights February 2019 — Sjón’s The Blue Fox March 2019 — Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses April 2019 — Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita April 2019 — Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go May 2019 — Paul Auster’s The Music of Chance July 2019 — Bridget Collins’ The Binding September 2019 — Tessa Hadley’s Late in the Day November 2019 — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah
Registration for the Lit Salon Book Club is in six-month subscriptions of £90. 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.
Ongoing monthly study, next meeting 03 November 2019
Meetings in South London (West Norwood SE27)
01 December recommended edition: A River Runs Through it and Other Stories: Fortieth Anniversary Edition, by Norman Maclean, with an introduction by Robert Redford; The University of Chicago Press (2017); ISBN: 9780226472065
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