Friday, 25 September 2015

The September Edition

Ah, the first hints of Autumn...

Matchbook Book presents

The September Edition

Dear Members,

A new season means the start of something exciting: whether it's taking a cooking class you've always wanted to try, or reading up a fresh new batch of new books- there's plenty of events and goals to aim for!

September seems to be quite a busy month for everyone, but let's not forget to try and attend these following fun events that are taking place, like Word On The Street- !!!!!

I also want to wish safe travels for Lauren, who is off on an amazing European adventure for three months, and a big happy birthday to Shirley!

Hope to see you guys next Sunday for WOTS, enjoy your week, and happy Fall!

Our meeting took place at Gusto 101- a great place for brunch!
Thank you to everyone who came out to this month's meeting! We discussed our latest book club pick, Sara Taylor's "The Shore". It was quite a mixed review of this book- there were some chapters we wished the author to elaborate more on (the story of Chloe and Renee and Medora for example) and others that had us going "What the heck?!" (The last chapter anyone??)
However, the storytelling was vivid and interesting. Overall, a 3/5 rating.
Thank you to everyone who voted for our picks this month, whose theme is the Man Booker Prize Shortlist!
The votes are in and our pick:
About the author and book: this article helps to give us a little background about Chigozie Obioma and the origins of The Fishermen. Click here!

This just in: our book club selection made it to the Man Booker Prize Shortlist!! Let's continue to cheer him on!
Summary: In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990's, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family. Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fisherman is the story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their strict father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the ominous, forbidden nearby river, they meet a dangerous local madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact-both tragic and redemptive-will transcend the lives and imaginations of its characters and its readers. Dazzling and viscerally powerful, The Fishermen never leaves Akure but the story it tells has enormous universal appeal. Seen through the prism of one family's destiny, this is an essential novel about Africa with all of its contradictions—economic, political, and religious—and the epic beauty of its own culture. With this bold debut, Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the most original new voices of modern African literature, echoing its older generation's masterful storytelling with a contemporary fearlessness and purpose.
“All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened.” -Ernest Hemingway
Our next meeting will be taking place next month: location is to be announced, vote for your dates and times on the Doodle here.

See you all very soon!
The beautiful bookshop in Buenos Aires, El Ateneo! Must. Visit.
From Books To Film (TIFF Edition)

I had the extreme pleasure of watching TIFF films this year that were amazing in its own way: from The Danish Girl to Legend, one thing they all have in common is: they were adapted from books!

So here's a couple of great titles to add on your To-Read List:

The Danish Girl (starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander):

The Danish Girl
Novel by David Ebershoff

The Dressmaker (starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth):
Novel: The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

Legend (starring Tom Hardy)
Novel: The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins

The Martian (starring Matt Damon, Kate Rooney, Jessica Chastian)

Novel: The Martian by Andy Weir

The Septembers of Shiraz (starring Salma Hayek, Adrien Brody)
Novel: Same title by Dalia Sofer

A Tale of Love and Darkness
Novel: A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz