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BYOB: Bring Your Own Book ("I Can Name That Book In Three Notes!")

N4B's March edition of BYOB: Bring Your Own Book is "I Can Name That Book In Three Notes".

The assignment: choose a book which has inspired a song or contemporary music.

Examples are plentiful: Led Zeppelin alone will give you a fine new reason to reread Tolkien, or Nabokov's Lolita (The Police's Don't Stand So Close To Me), Camus' The Stranger (The Cure's Killing An Arab and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody) or Bataille's The Story Of The Eye (Bjork's Venus As A Boy), or here's a starter's kit to thinking outside the music box: or

Bring Your Own Book is N4B's unique monthly reading group where you choose your own title and come and discuss over tea in a Show And Tell-style forum. We give you a unique theme, but you choose your selection... all is fair game, but our four lettered word for our user-friendly N4B is your BYOB.

N4B's BYOB: We turn it all the way up to eleven!


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  • Suzanne

    Sorry! I was going to discuss the luscious Lolita, but decided instead to see a film being shown only on Monday.

    March 22, 2014

  • Ellen S.

    Also, do we want to also bring the songs that the book inspired? I can bring my portable iPod speakers if we wanted to play snippets of the songs when we talk about our novels. We'd just need an outlet to plug the speakers into.

    March 9, 2014

    • Ellen S.

      Or, now that I think about it, people with smartphones could probably play them on the phone's speakers...

      March 9, 2014

    • Sean

      I have little mini-speakers. I can bring them.

      1 · March 21, 2014

  • James E.

    This link may be helpful.

    The Celine Dion classic It's All Coming Back To Me Now was inspired by Wuthering Heights. Islands in the Stream's title comes from a book of the same name. So many great songs (and books) to choose from.

    I'm going to pick The Master and Margarita for this one.

    2 · January 22, 2014

    • Anna

      This is great! Thanks for posting it.

      January 27, 2014

    • Sean

      The Master and Margarita is one of my favorites! Thanks for posting the link. Cheers!

      February 26, 2014

  • Ellen S.

    In case anyone's having trouble deciding…there are quite a few classic stage musicals that are based on books. I'm going with Ragtime, but there are plenty of others!

    February 25, 2014

    • Sean

      That's a good idea. Thanks!

      February 26, 2014

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