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New Meetup: Book Club Meeting - Sat June 5 - First Birthday!!

From: Nerida
Sent on: Thursday, May 13, 2010 8:25 AM
Hello everyone,

Sorry there has been a delay in posting a meeting notice, please take note that the date of the meeting is Sat 5th June ? a few weeks delayed due to the late notice, but also our First Birthday Meeting! For the next meeting we have two nominated really exciting books to read and discuss;

?Longitude? written by Dava Sobel
Things We Didn?t See Coming written by Steven Amsterdam

I know some of the recent choices have left people struggling to complete (myself included), but both of these books are not too long so no excuses for not getting through a fair chunk of your selected book. If you have time and energy, please read both. Otherwise you can select the book you are most interested in!

The meeting

When: Saturday, June 5,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Grumpy's Green 125 Smith Street Fitzroy

The Around Fitzroy & Collingwood Book Club is very informal, there is no set meeting agenda. Over a coffee, beer or wine, we usually have a chat about what everyone thought of the book of the month and see if anyone has read anything else exciting or heard of any great literary events on in Melbourne.

?Longitude? written by Dava Sobel
Dava Sobel's Longitude achieved bestselling status on the New York Times nonfiction list in both hardcover and paperback. That it has done so speaks well for the reading public in this country.

Part biography, part history, part scientific exploration, Longitude relates the quest for an accurate way to determine longitude. Unlike parallels of latitude, which are fixed by nature, longitude is judged by means of time. Specifically, you must know the time where you are and the time at a known longitude simultaneously. The longitude problem remained unsolved for the better part of human history; it was a matter of life and death to those on ships at sea. If you didn't know your longitude, you couldn't know exactly where you were, and land could rise out of the water with terrible suddenness, smashing your ship and those it carried against land's end.

Things We Didn?t See Coming written by Steven Amsterdam
Things We Didn?t See Coming is a series of vignettes, from different stages of the unnamed protagonist?s life in a dystopian alterno-present/future. It is a post-apocalyptic story, but told in a hard-boiled, yet highly resonant literary style. The sentences are sharp, the character is hard and the environment is one of rapid change and ruin ? but throughout there is also deep resistance. The book acts to massage you at your core, and every secondary character met along the way (no matter how fleeting) leaves a poignant stain on character and reader. They are examples from all of humanity?s shredded social standings ? how different people would deal with natural disasters, segregation (between urban and land environments), political situations (and radical politics), survival against disease, and more.

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