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February Newsletter, Sunday is discussion day!

From: Emlyn C.
Sent on: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 10:09 AM
Hi everyone.

Time for our book group newsletter:

A) Our official February discussion is happening this Sunday at 3pm. We will be discussing "Breakfast at Tiffany?s? by Truman Capote. We are meeting at the Olga?s Caf? at Plymouth Green Crossings (3399 Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor). This is right next door to Sweetwaters Caf? where we used to meet, until we outgrew the location. Please make sure you are come to the right place! If anyone feels they might get lost, don't hesitate to send me an email requesting my telephone number as an added security!

B) Our April selection poll is closing Sunday at 12 noon, and I will be announcing our chosen book. You still have a couple of more days to get your vote in. For those of you who don?t know, I recycled our March poll, since adding ?Breakfast at Tiffany?s? into our schedule mixed things up a bit. Right now, ?That They May Face the Rising Sun? by John McGahern has a slight lead.

C) Our May selection poll is now open. Get on our group page and vote in our March poll. I will announce the winner just before our March discussion of Leo Tolstoy?s ?Anna Karenina". Here are the choices:

?The Razor?s Edge? by William Somerset Maugham (thank you, Mary Ann)
?Brideshead Revisited? by Evelyn Waugh (thank you, Janet)
?The Devil and Miss Prym? by Paulo Coelho
?Super-Cannes? by JG Ballard
?King Solomon?s Mines? by H Rider Haggard

D) New Weeknight Format--Vote: Myself and several other hardcore members have become just a touch burnt-out by trying to read two selections each month in time for discussion (especially when some of those selection are 1,000+ pages). Other members would like to be involved in the group but are unable to commit the amount of time needed to read the selection before group. I?ve decided to open up a new poll with several different options for our weeknight book group format. The options are: continue to discuss books every week, go out for dinner with no set agenda, play Scrabble, have a book swap, and have each member to talk for a few minutes about a book they enjoyed and would recommend. We could also try a combination of these options by either doing more than one at a time (ala our book swap/ Scrabble event of the past) or by alternating themes each month. Please get your vote in! I plan on announcing these changes for June, so until then we will continue discussing books as normal.

Upcoming book discussions:

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote- Sunday, February 7th at 3:00 PM
Atonement by Ian McEwan- Wednesday, February 24th at 7:30 PM
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy- Sunday, March 14th at 3:00 PM
Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker- Wednesday, March 31st at 7:30 PM

Thanks and hope to see many of you this Sunday! Don't hesitate to email me with any questions or comments.

Ann Arbor Classics Book Group

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