This time we're meeting early in June and we'll be having a chat about Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North. It won the Man Booker Prize in 2014 and has generally been raved about ever since. If you're inclined, you can read a sample here.
You can register your interest here - just click "Add to Cart." There is no cost to join in (this is really just so we have an idea of numbers), you will need to source your own copy of the novel, however. We'll then send you an email with the venue address and any further information you might need.
Remember you don't need to have come along previously - you can drop in and out as it suits. All are welcome! Hope to see you there!
April's Book Club selection is M. L. Stedman's The Light Between Oceans.
Last year, the little township of Stanley was turned into a film set as scenes for the upcoming movie were created. The streets and shops were transformed and given a 1920s feel, the entire community was abuzz with excitement and all in all it was a pretty cool thing to be happening in our own backyard. The film is set for release later this year and I'm sure everyone's curious to have a look and see the final result.
You may have read the book when the film crew were in town, or you may have always meant to. You might like to read it (or re-read it) before the film's release. You may like to have a good old chat about it and you might even like to join us for a trip to the cinema when the movie comes out? If so, we're meeting on Wednesday the 29th of April at 7.30pm. The venue is yet to be decided, but if you register your interest here, we can shoot you through an email with those details later.
And just a little heads-up, we've made some changes to the structure of the book club, which hopefully makes it a bit more accessible and flexible. Participants will need to source their own copy of the book (buy second-hand or first-hand, borrow, download on your Kindle, etc); feel free to bring along drinks and/or snacks to share; think about whether you'd like to host a meeting in future (no pressure to do so!)
We'd still like you to register your interest by clicking to "purchase" this item so we have an idea of numbers, but there is no extra cost to participate - the only cost to you will be the sourcing of the book and whatever snacks and/or drinks you'd like to bring to the meeting.
You can join in whenever you like, as often or as little as you like. Everyone is welcome!
Earlier in February we held the first Book Club for Seedsmiths. For the initial session, we met over tasty food and wine at Purple Sage in Wynyard. Copies of the novel were given out and we spent the evening getting to know each other a little bit, covering a vast array of topics over a relatively short period of time! The group agreed to meet after a fortnight to pick apart F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. And that we did! (Both the meeting up and the picking apart!)
We gathered at the ArtsCape building with our nibbles and (again!) wine. Some brought along books for a bit of swapsies as well (I can't remember whose great idea that was, it wasn't mine, but I'm so glad they suggested it) - and I think all of us were quickly scribbling down titles (or tapping them into our phones) to add to our "need to read" list.
A huge (huge) thank you to the brilliant, funny and lovely ladies who came along to our first Book Club - I'm so looking forward to helping bring into fruition the ideas suggested. We'll be in contact in a little bit with details about our next get-together.
And if you'd like to join in next time, keep an eye out here and on our FB page for the announcement of the next book.
Don't forget our launch event happening at 2.30pm tomorrow! It's an Instameet at Table Cape Lighthouse. See here for details. Bring your phone and a dollar for entry to the lighthouse. See you there!
Seedsmiths is starting off its Book Club with The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The book, first published in 1925 received mixed reviews at the time and has most recently been re-made into a film directed by Baz Lurhmann.
The novel is set in the Jazz Age and explores themes of excess, class and status, old vs. new money and the corruption of the American Dream. Fitzgerald's characterisation of Daisy Buchanan was apparently inspired by his wife, Zelda.
If you have an interest in America in the 1920s, or in Fitzgerald's writing you might like to join in. It doesn't matter if you have or haven't read the book before, or viewed the film. If you haven't read it before: it's a short, simple read that gives great insight into the Roaring Twenties. If you have read it before: with the recent film release, what a great opportunity to re-visit the novel.
Seedsmith's Book Club will run two sessions - one to receive your copy of the book and an introductory discussion of characters, themes and the author. The second session occurs at a later date and involves a more in-depth chat about the book. Ideally, you will have read the book by the second session - but if you haven't quite finished it, don't worry! You can still contribute ideas based on how much you have read. This scenario, will definitely not be happening (uh, be warned there is a bit of swearing and violence in the clip linked - probs don't watch it at work or around impressionable little ones.)
The course fee of $15 covers both sessions, light refreshments and the cost of supplying your copy of the book to you. The venue is yet to be confirmed - please keep checking our Facebook page for updates on that front.
February's sessions are quite close to each other, to encourage regular reading (nothing like having a bit of a deadline for knuckling down and finishing that book - I'm just as bad as everyone else when it comes to this!) and because the novel is quite short. Other Book Club sessions will involve longer reading times (at least a month or two most likely.)
Click here to read a bit more about Seedsmiths Book Club and click here to book your spot for February. It would be great to have numbers finalised ASAP, so if you're keen get to it! Also, if you have ideas about future books the Seedsmiths Book Club can read, shoot through an email via firstname.lastname@example.org (you may like to put 'Book Club' as the subject heading.)
Finally, the Book Club is open to everyone although because of the themes and issues discussed it's probably best if you're over the age of 18.
Thanks to the ever awesome Lisa, the venue for February's Book Club will be Bruce's - everyone's favourite cafe in Wynyard. Thanks for your support, Lisa!
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