Wednesday, May 01, 2013

April BookClub

It was my turn to host this month's bookclub. I decided on quiche and salad for lunch on a sunny saturday afternoon. It was a great turnout with only two bookclubbers missing due to family occasions. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon catching up. The book up for discussion was 'How We Met' by Katy Regan. It was generally thought to be predictable and an average read. K brought some lovely cupcakes from Avoca as we missed Adrienne’s fairy buns. Our miniest bookclubber was in flying form after this particular sugar hit! Lisa also shared her good news with us that another bookclub baby is due in October.
We decided to go with Debs suggestion of reading a classic book and Amers suggested  ‘The Great Gatsby’ as the movie remake is due out soon.
The Great Gatsby is a novel by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story takes place in 1922, during the Roaring Twenties, a time of prosperity in the United States after World War I. All the bright young things go to Jay Gatsby's Long Island parties. Yet Gatsby himself is reserved and mysterious. He seems always to be waiting for something or someone. When he finally draws the beautiful Daisy Buchanan back into his orbit, he sets in motion a series of tragedies. And F. Scott Fitzgerald gives us what many consider to be the greatest American novel - a crystalline portrait of a society captivated by status and ambition, and a man doomed in love.
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From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby. In his adaptation, the filmmaker combines his distinctive visual, sonic, and storytelling styles in three dimensions, weaving a Jazz Age cocktail faithful to Fitzgerald's text and relevant to now. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the title role. Judging from his last movie Moulin Rouge, we are in for a treat. Amers is going to host the next bookclub and perhaps we may even have a bookclub movie outing too.

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

World Book Night: April 23rd

Today Tuesday 23rd April is World Book Night. The 23rd April is a symbolic date in the literary world. On this day in 1616, Miguel de Cervantes, Willian Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. Since 1995, the UNESCO World Book Day is celebrating reading and publishing on 23rd April. World Book Night encourages people to discover the joy of reading a good book. It is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of volunteers gift specially chosen and printed books in their communities to share their love of reading.

Learn more about it on their website:

Some free events scheduled to take part tonight as part of the World Book Night include:

Milk and Cookies Bookswap
18.30, Tues 23 Apr
Chocolate Factory,
26 King's Inn Street, Dublin 1

In honour and in the spirit of World Book Night, Milk & Cookies is organising a BOOKSWAP!
Are your bookshelves overflowing with tomes you've read a thousand times? Do you have an intense love for finding new ones? And are you looking for that rarest of gems - an old classic that's new to you?

Then sack up your books and haul them on down to the Chocolate Factory for an evening of sweets, stories and softcover swapping! There will be someone at The Chocolate Factory from 2pm to accept donations and doors for the swap open at 6:30pm.

Brooks Loves Books
18:30 - 20:00, Tue 23 Apr
Brooks Hotel, Drury Street, Dublin 2

Brooks Hotel is supporting World Book Night by hosting a free literary event - Brooks Loves Books - in the hotel.

The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry is Brooks' book of choice for World Book Night on 23 April and there will be readings from the book by actor Jim Roche as well a selection of music from Brooks’ pianist in the CafĂ© Lounge from 18:30.

Admission is free.

Happy World Book Night to you all!

One City One Book 2013: Strumpet City

Every year Dublin City Public Libraries and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature pick a Dublin-focused book for One City One Book. Then, throughout the month of April, cafes and bars around the city host fun free shows, readings and events to celebrate this book. The book chosen for 2013 is "Strumpet City" by James Plunkett. Set in Dublin during the Lockout of 1913, Strumpet City is a panoramic novel of city life. It embraces a wide range of social milieux, from the miseries of the tenements to the cultivated, bourgeois Bradshaws. The aim is to encourage reading a historic book and try to bring it to life through these events.

Previous books included "Dubliners" by James Joyce in 2012, "Ghost Light" by Joseph O'Connor in 2011, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde in 2010, "Dracula" by Bram Stoker in 2009 and "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift in 2008.

To learn more and view a listing of events check out the website: