Tuesday, November 29, 2011

December Christmas Party

Cindy's House
Sat. Dec. 17 10 a.m.
Bring a gift inspired by one of this year's books.
Book: A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas
We'll listen to Dylan reading the story.
I'll make coffee and tea.  Bring a snack if you'd like.

Also, we're planning to see Kay as a singing nun in The Sound of Music.  Congrats Kay!
Come to the 12/10 7 p.m. show at the O'Shaughnessy. 
We'll go out for dessert after.  

Friday, November 4, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Oct. Meeting

Book: Into the Beautiful North

By Luis Alberto Urrea

When: Oct.29, 10 a.m.
Where:  Coffee Traders

Thursday, August 4, 2011

August Meeting

Aug. 20
11 am.
Sony's revamped lake house

Book: Hemingway's "Movable Feast"

Bring lake gear, lunchy food and drink

Friday, April 22, 2011

May Book

Date: to be figured out
Place: to be figured out
Book: Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdi

The Amazon reviews on this one ranges from, "This is, in every way, a perfect novel," to "A Total Piece of Horse Doo Doo."

Apparently Midnight's Children is being made into a movie, possibly called Approaching Midnight. Rushdie is doing the screen play.

Here's a brief look at the man, culled from Wikipedia.

The only son of a Cambridge-educated lawyer turned businessman and a teacher, Rushdie was born in Bombay (now known as Mumbai), India, into a Muslim family He was in Mumbia and at Cambridge, where he studied history

He's been married four times!

In 1976 he married for the first time, and kept at it 11 years. His second wife was the American novelist Marianne Wiggins; this marriage lasted until 1993, five years. Four years later, he married Elizabeth West. This marriage lasted seven years. In 2004, he married the Indian American actress and model Padma Lakshmi. Have you guys seen Padma? She's beautiful and self- Padma divorced him three years later. He seems to be on a spat of dating Ballywood stars the last few years.

With Padma

His first job was a copywriting gig for ad agencies. He wrote Midnight's Children while working full time as an ad man. Apparently, this book though wasn't his first published, which was Grimus, which no one paid any attention to. Midnight's Children came out next and catapulted him to literary notability. It significantly shaped the course that Indian writing in English followed over the next decade, and is regarded by many as one of the great books of the last 100 years. This work won the 1981 Booker Prize and, in 1993 and 2008, was awarded the Best of the Bookers as the best novel to have received the prize during its first 25 and 40 years.

He wrote a bunch of other books in the 80s, some of which won prizes. In 1988, The Satanic Verses cam out.

Here a long and in-depth interview in which Rushdie speaks on Islam and how the fatwa influenced  his life.

In 1999, he came out with The Ground Beneath Her Feet, which is an alternative history of modern rock music. The song of the same name is one of many song lyrics included in the book, hence Rushdie is credited as the lyricist. He's continued to produce a string of commercially successful and critically acclaimed novels.

Yes, Rushdie is actually in this U2 music video. Don't blink or you'll miss him.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

April Book

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Meeting: April 16, 10 a.m., at Sally's


The book trailer

Part I

Part II

Sunday, February 20, 2011

March Book

Olive Kitteridge
by Elizabeth Strout

Sat. March, 19
10 a.m.at Sally's

Ta-da....two-years-ago Pulitzer.  We're behind my ladies.

Must admit I'm reticent. The titles of her last two books:  Amy and Isabella and Abide with Me...well, not the sort of titles that usually inspire OLPD.  This Kitteridge business isn't great either.  OLPD will offer to help Liz fight for better titles -- if we like this one.

Even if we don't...

Elizabeth is darling.  See.

Now a video discussion.  I don't know what this is.  Looks like a friend interviewing her.  A friend with a gray basement.  But Strout speaks of the denseness and seriousness of our  lives, which bodes well.  She also seems to talk about music, but I lost that thread because my husband was bothering me and picked up again at the bit about foolish readerst, which of course is true. She leaves off with a bit about the "pure and the simple and the honest," which left me with a sudden urge for four hotdogs with everything and a really great show from the BBC, like that Monarchy series.


Of course, I, as well as the other OLPD members, are out of sorts with the P judges because of  The Tinkers, which we thought was akin to jacking off with pretty words.  We're all for pretty words, but figure America's best should supply a plot and so forth as well.  So we're coming to Olive with a ghosted feeling of something jellied and opaque in our hands.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Feb. Meeting


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet 
by Jamie Ford

Date: Feb. 19, Saturday
Place: Sally's
Time: 10 aM

Book Video

NPR interview

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Jan. 2011 Meeting

Book: W. Somerset Maugham's Of Human Bondage

Date: Sat. Jan. 15
Place: Sally's coffee shop
Time: 10 a.m.