Announcing a secondary Meetup for Hip & Well Read!
What: Hip and Well Read: Secret Lives of People in Love-secondary meetup
When: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 7:30 PM
Price: $2.00 per person
3901 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Hey Hipsters and Bibliophiles,
Due to popular demand and member volunteerism (special thanks to Julia)... We will have a secondary meetup for: Secret Lives of People in Love
by Simon Van Booy.
A breadth of experience and setting distinguishes this somber first collection of 18 very short stories by New York-based Van Booy. "Little Birds" is narrated by a teenage boy of uncertain parentage who sketches his life with his devoted foster father, Michel, in working-class Paris: "It is the afternoon of my birthday, but still the morning of my life. I am walking on the Pont des Arts." In "Some Bloom in Darkness," an aging railroad station clerk's witness of a violent scene between a man and woman translates in his mind into an infatuation with a store mannequin. Other tales are set in Rome ("I live in Rome where people sit by fountains and kiss"), small villages in Cornwall or Wales, and in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Los Angeles. Van Booy's characters are shipwrecked by fate and memory but tarry on, like the narrator of "Distant Ships," a lifelong Royal Mail loader who stopped speaking after the death of his son 20 years earlier, or the homeless man chased by ghosts in "The Shepherd on the Rock," who aims to "live out the last of my life" at John F. Kennedy International Airport. These tales have at once the solemnity of myth and the offhandedness of happenstance.
I had no problems finding this at the local independent bookstore.Secret Lives of People in Love
is available on Amazon.com, however, I encourage you all to support your local independent book store or library:City Paper's List of Independent BookstoresGoogle Map/Listing of Independent Bookstores in Philly
You will notice that that if you RSVP "Yes," you'll be charged to attend. This is to help me cover my costs as Organizer and reduce the number of no-shows we have at meetings. Please keep in mind I'm only giving refunds if the meeting is canceled or rescheduled, not if you change your mind about attending.Thinking about coming when the Meetup is FULL? Read/click here.
Learn more here:http://www.meetup.com/philadelphia-hip-and-well-read-book-club/calendar/12760067/