International Club of Berne

Sophie Book Group meeting

  • Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 at 7pm
  • Wednesday, 22nd March 2017 at 7:15pm
  • Wednesday, 26th April 2017 at 7:15pm
  • Wednesday, 24th May 2017 at 7:15pm
  • Wednesday, 28th June 2017 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, 26th July 2017 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, 30th August 2017 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, 20th September 2017 at 7pm
  • Wednesday, 18th October 2017 at 7:15pm
  • Wednesday, 22nd November 2017 at 7:15pm

Location: Reformiertes Forum, Länggasse 41

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The books for 2017 are as follows

22 February Candide, by Voltaire.

22 March The Noise of Time, by Julian Barnes

26 April Born a Crime, by Trevor Nash

24 May no book

28 June
The Man without a Face, The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, by Masha Gessen

July 26 Conclave, by Robert Harris

August 23 Burnt Shadows, by Kamila Shamsie
https://www.amazon.com/Burnt-Shadows-Novel-Kamila-Shamsie/dp/0312551878

September On the Move: A Life – an autobiography, by Oliver Sacks
https://www.amazon.com/Move-Life-Oliver-Sacks/dp/0804170932

October 18
The Naked Swiss, by Clare O'dea

November 22
The Last Question by Isaac Asimov
(and other science fiction stories)

Where          
Reformiertes Forum, Länggassestrasse 41
Contact         Graham Tritt at 078 684 2473 (new mobile)
Deadline        Please register by the Monday before

New members are welcome. It is possible to attend just for the books you are interested in discussing, and not the others.

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Graham wrote
at 10:11am on Thursday, 9th November 2017
Sophie Book Group
When Wednesday, 22 November at 19:15
Where Ref. Forum, Länggassstrasse 41
Contact Graham Tritt
Deadline Please register by the Monday before
We discuss several short stories by Isaac Azimov.
On Wednesday, 29 November, any ICB members are welcome to join a trip to see a theatre version of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury in Yverdon.
Graham wrote
at 12:02am on Wednesday, 23rd August 2017
We delay the meeting from 23 to 30 August
Please confirm when you read this message or the email announcing this.
Orsi wrote
at 6:06pm on Monday, 21st August 2017
Hi Graham,
I'm coming, but I don't think I'll manage to read this book by Weds. :/ I hope it's not a problem, I'll try to listen wisely. :)
Best,
Orsi
Graham wrote
at 12:56am on Monday, 21st August 2017
Hallo everyone, I heard so far only from Melinda.

WHO IS COMING?


The topic for Wednesday 23 August at 1830 is the book "Burnt Shadows"by Kamila Shamsie
https://www.amazon.com/Burnt-Shadows-Novel-Kamila-Shamsie/dp/0312551878

If few have finished the book, do we delay? I don't mind doing so,
since we did not have our summer break in July.

We may have two new members: Peggy Delmastro-Pu from China and the US,
who teaches piano at the Konservatorium, and Orsi Serkédi from Hungary,
who teaches English for Academic Studies at the Uni Berne.

Graham

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The story for September 20 is "On the Move: my life" by Oliver Sacks
https://www.amazon.com/Move-Life-Oliver-Sacks/dp/0804170932

Then October maybe "The Last Question" http://multivax.com/last_question.html

And November maybe "The Naked Swiss" by Clare O'dea https://clareodea.com/

at 7:39am on Friday, 23rd June 2017
just a small correction in the address of the location: it is Längassstrasse 41
Graham wrote
at 11:28am on Wednesday, 24th May 2017
No meeting tonight 24 May. We will discuss "The Man without a Face, The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin", by Masha Gessen" on June 28.
Graham wrote
at 12:11am on Sunday, 21st May 2017
We are having trouble reading the book " The Man without a Face, The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, by Masha Gessen" , at lease many of us are. SO WE POSTPONE IT AND HAVE THE DISCUSSION ON 28 JUNE.

This means that Conclave will be at a later date.
Graham
Graham wrote
at 10:34am on Friday, 19th May 2017
Literary reading with Adam Johnson, Pulizer Prize Winner
on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at the Mainbuilding of University of Bern, Hochschulstrasse 4, HS 201, 18:15-19:30.

Adam Johnson will read from his novel "The Orphan Master's Son". The novel ist set in North Korea and won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.


Collegium generale literary readings are open to the public and entry is free.

https://www.amazon.com/Orphan-Masters-Son-Pulitzer-Fiction/dp/0812982622/

A book of his short stories
https://www.amazon.com/Fortune-Smiles-Stories-Adam-Johnson/dp/0812997476
Graham wrote
at 1:45pm on Saturday, 29th April 2017
The next dates are May 24 for Putin and June 28 for Conclave. Can we meet earlier, 18:30 on these days, then Dimitri and I don't have problems with tennis.
Graham wrote
at 6:53pm on Wednesday, 19th April 2017
> Subject: Literary reading with Adam Johnson, Pulizer Prize Winner
>
> We would like to inform you about a literary reading at Collegium generale,
> University of Bern, which might be of interest to your members.
>
> Reading by Adam Johnson on Thuesday, May 23, 2017;
> at the Mainbuilding of University of Bern, Hochschulstrasse 4, HS 201, 18:15-19:30.
> Adam Johnson will read from his novel "The Orphan Master's Son".
> The novel ist set in North Korea and won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
>
> Collegium generale literary readings are open to the public and entry is free.
> We reserve the right to make changes to the program.
> Project manager: Prof. Dr. Oliver Lubrich
>
> The literary readings on "Dictatorship" will continue in the fall semester 2017.
> For further information please contact:
> http://www.unibe.ch/universitaet/universitaet_fuer_alle/collegium_generale/literarische_lesungen/index_ger.html
>
> If your are interested in the reading by Adam Johnson, we could send you the Flyer.
>
> With kind regards
> Barbara Kindler
>

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Orphan_Master%27s_Son
https://www.amazon.com/Orphan-Masters-Son-Pulitzer-Fiction/dp/0812982622
A great novel can take implausible fact and turn it into entirely believable fiction. That’s the genius of The Orphan Master’s Son. Adam Johnson has taken the papier-mâché creation that is North Korea and turned it into a real and riveting place that readers will find unforgettable. This is a novel worth getting excited about ...

http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/adam-johnson
Adam Johnson teaches creative writing at Stanford University. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, The Paris Review, Harper's and Tin House, as well as in Best New American Voices. His other works include Emporium, a short-story collection, and the novel Parasites Like Us. He lives in San Francisco.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/feb/17/orphan-masters-son-adam-johnson-review
The Orphan Master's Son deserves a place up there with dystopian classics such as Nineteen Eighty-four and Brave New World, but readers need to be reminded: it is a novel. If readers want to know more about North Korean prison camps, I'd recommend works of non-fiction such as The Aquariums of Pyongyang, about a nine-year-old boy sent to a camp, or the upcoming Escape from Camp 14, about a young man born in a camp. The truth is that North Koreans who fall foul of this heartless regime die slow, prosaic deaths of starvation or diseases caused by chronic malnutrition.
By Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea

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By Graham 4 days ago

Come to chat in English. We meet in the CaféBar in the GenerationenHaus at 1700. If it is too noisy we meet at a table in the corridor. 

At 18:00 there is music: techno hypnotic sounds.  And then at 19:30 there is the English Carol Service at the Heilliggeist Church in the Bahnhofplatz.

The trip of 15-16 to the Black Forest and the Stuttgart Christmas Market is cancelled because of organisational problems. Next trips planned in January 13-14 and February 10-11.

Anyone interested in a dinner on December 26 or December 29? Make a comment on the web event page. Or in dancing on 29, 30 or 31 December - contact Graham.

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