|Sent on:||Thursday, September 22, 2011 3:07 PM|
This Saturday 23rd September, is the day.
We have the next book-club that day and 26 of you have signed up for it. The meeting is at a new venue; a pub called Hoop and Grapes, 80 Farringdon street , EC4 4BL. The nearest tube stations are St Pauls, Farringdon or Chancery Lane, in that order. It is also close to Thameslink Overground station.
There are no disruptions on the Central line this weekend, so you can’t use that as an excuse for coming late. Circle line is not running that day, if you were planning to use that line, you have been forewarned so you can’t use that as an excuse for coming late either. If you are following a map and going along NewGate Street, be warned that you won’t find a crossing to Farringdon street. When you get to a bridge with statues of Greek Gods, Farringdon Street is down below, under the bridge. You will need to find the stairs leading down to the street.
Now that you have such precise directions there should be no reason for getting there late.
When you enter the pub, you might say to yourself “What a grotty little place, how can we have a book club meeting in this place??” . It might seem to be a bit of a letdown after our meetings at the Cinnamon Club, but fear not the meeting is up on the second floor where we have a private room. So climb up the narrow, dark, spiral staircase, go past the room on level 1 and carry on climbing up. As you approach our room you will hear a deep voice asking you for a passcode. The passcode is … listen very carefully, I will say this only once …. “The purple rain, turns the yellow corpse into green mush”.
If you memorise this passcode you should have no problems with getting into the room upstairs. The passcode expires at 3:00pm, so if you come after that time there are large Iron gates that come down and close behind you and you will be locked in a vault forever.
The meeting format
Last time we had an author present at a meeting, some people were uncomfortable with the format as they felt that it wasn’t fair to put the author in the hot seat and some of the comments were a bit harsh. I don’t plan to change the format much, but I think we just need to be mindful of the fact that the book represents the author’s heart and soul and she would have spent long hours agonising over it.
We will still do a “round the table” first when each person talks about how they felt about the book, this is not intended to be a “critique” of the book, but more about your reaction to the book, what emotions it generated, things that caught your eye and yes, what you liked or disliked about the book. This will be followed by the usual, picking topics/questions out of a hat. If there are any specific questions you would like to ask the author or any specific topics you want to discuss, please send them to me in advance and I will include them in the “hat” , there may be a twist to how these questions are included.
Apres Book Club
The book club meeting will be from 2:45 – 5:30 pm, we can then still hang around at the Hoop and Grapes for another hour, at 6:30 pm this pub closes. I have then booked a place in a funky bar called the Patch Bar, 58-60 Carter Lane, London EC4V 5EA. They have a happy hour from 7:00-9:00pm. It is a 10 minute walk from Hoop and Grapes. This bar also has a dinner menu made up of burgers and baps but those who want a proper sit down meal can go to an Indian restaurant next door, called Bengal Tiger. The plan is to go for dinner around 8:00-8:30 pm. Patch is open till 3:00am for people who want to stay there till late.
Please update/confirm your RSVP, if you plan to stay for dinner, it will help if you can write a comment with your RSVP. If you have RSVped and then don’t turn up on the day there is a good chance that one day a yellow corpse may follow you around and turn you into green mush.