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Club to meet up and discuss various books we like or want to read. Very informal get together and chat. We meet up every third Saturday at Tilley's Cafe. Check the site for the next meetup date

Upcoming events (4)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Australian National Gallery Cafe

A$1.00

This months book will be Ready Player One by Ernest Cline A little about the book Ready Player One is a 2011 science fiction novel, and the debut novel of American author Ernest Cline. The story, set in a dystopia in 2044, follows protagonist Wade Watts on his search for an Easter egg in a worldwide virtual reality game, the discovery of which will lead him to inherit the game creator's fortune. Cline sold the rights to publish the novel in June 2010, in a bidding war to the Crown Publishing Group. The book was published on August 16, 2011. An audiobook was released the same day; it was narrated by Wil Wheaton, who was mentioned briefly in one of the chapters. In 2012, the book received an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association division of the American Library Association and won the 2012 Prometheus Award. Hope to see you all there

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Northside

Gang Gang cafe, Downer shops

A$1.00

This months book will be Ready Player One by Ernest Cline A little about the book Ready Player One is a 2011 science fiction novel, and the debut novel of American author Ernest Cline. The story, set in a dystopia in 2044, follows protagonist Wade Watts on his search for an Easter egg in a worldwide virtual reality game, the discovery of which will lead him to inherit the game creator's fortune. Cline sold the rights to publish the novel in June 2010, in a bidding war to the Crown Publishing Group. The book was published on August 16, 2011. An audiobook was released the same day; it was narrated by Wil Wheaton, who was mentioned briefly in one of the chapters. In 2012, the book received an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association division of the American Library Association and won the 2012 Prometheus Award. Hope to see you all there *** You don't have to have finished reading the book, or have read the book at all, to attend the meetup. We are a social group who just love to read and talk about books. There is no structure to the book club. There are no set discussion questions. Simply come along, feel free to order a coffee and/or food if you wish, and talk about the book with other avid readers from Canberra. If you have trouble finding the venue or the members, please communicate through this meetup post and the attending organiser will help guide you. If you have RSVPed to this meetup and you choose not to go, please alter your RSVP. This is a courtesy for the organisers, who can then make other arrangements if there are no other booked attendees. Please note: The Canberra Book Club have a policy where members are removed from the group if they are a no-show to three meetups. At each meetup we ask for a gold coin donation towards the fees of running this book club on the Meetup website. Your contribution is voluntary, optional, and very much appreciated.

“The Friend” by Sigrid Nunez - Southside

Australian National Gallery Cafe

A$1.00

Thank you to everyone who voted in this year's August poll. The book you've chosen by poll is National Book Awards (USA) 2018 winner "The Friend" by Sigrid Nunez. Summary (from Goodreads): A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog. When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. While others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking, the woman refuses to be separated from the dog except for brief periods of time. Isolated from the rest of the world, increasingly obsessed with the dog's care, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unraveling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them. Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion. Praise for "The Friend": Named by The New York Times as a 2018 Literary Event not to be missed and a Most Anticipated Title of 2018 by TimeOut, BuzzFeed, BookRiot, The Millions, Bustle, Vulture, Harper’s Bazaar, PopSugar, Shondaland, Paste Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Chicago Reader, Bookhub, The Hippo: New Hampshire’s Weekly, Fast Company, Garden and Gun. Winner of the National Book Award Finalist for the Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize A New York Times Bestseller An Indie National Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book of 2018 A New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2018 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2018 An NPR Best Book of 2018 A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018 A Financial Times 2018 Best Book: Critics’ Pick A Paris Review Staff Favorite Book of 2018 A Vogue Editors’ Best Book of 2018 A BuzzFeed Best Book of 2018 & December Book Club Pick A Lit Hub Favorite Book of 2018 A Bustle Best Fiction Book of 2018 The Bark Magazine’s Best Fiction Book of 2018 An Electric Lit Best Book of 2018 A Town and Country Best Book of 2018 (from https://sigridnunez.com/books/the-friend/) Currently $17.86 from The Book Depository, $18.25 by Booktopia, $12.99 on Kindle from Amazon (Aus).

“The Friend” by Sigrid Nunez - Northside

Gang Gang cafe, Downer shops

A$1.00

Thank you to everyone who voted in this year's August poll. The book you've chosen by poll is National Book Awards (USA) 2018 winner "The Friend" by Sigrid Nunez. Summary (from Goodreads): A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog. When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the unwanted dog he has left behind. Her own battle against grief is intensified by the mute suffering of the dog, a huge Great Dane traumatized by the inexplicable disappearance of its master, and by the threat of eviction: dogs are prohibited in her apartment building. While others worry that grief has made her a victim of magical thinking, the woman refuses to be separated from the dog except for brief periods of time. Isolated from the rest of the world, increasingly obsessed with the dog's care, determined to read its mind and fathom its heart, she comes dangerously close to unraveling. But while troubles abound, rich and surprising rewards lie in store for both of them. Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion. Praise for "The Friend": Named by The New York Times as a 2018 Literary Event not to be missed and a Most Anticipated Title of 2018 by TimeOut, BuzzFeed, BookRiot, The Millions, Bustle, Vulture, Harper’s Bazaar, PopSugar, Shondaland, Paste Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, Chicago Reader, Bookhub, The Hippo: New Hampshire’s Weekly, Fast Company, Garden and Gun. Winner of the National Book Award Finalist for the Simpson/Joyce Carol Oates Prize A New York Times Bestseller An Indie National Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book of 2018 A New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2018 A New York Public Library Best Book of 2018 An NPR Best Book of 2018 A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018 A Financial Times 2018 Best Book: Critics’ Pick A Paris Review Staff Favorite Book of 2018 A Vogue Editors’ Best Book of 2018 A BuzzFeed Best Book of 2018 & December Book Club Pick A Lit Hub Favorite Book of 2018 A Bustle Best Fiction Book of 2018 The Bark Magazine’s Best Fiction Book of 2018 An Electric Lit Best Book of 2018 A Town and Country Best Book of 2018 (from https://sigridnunez.com/books/the-friend/) Currently $17.86 from The Book Depository, $18.25 by Booktopia, $12.99 on Kindle from Amazon (Aus).

Past events (197)

Harry Potter & Philosopher's Stone - JK Rowling Northside

Gang Gang cafe, Downer shops

A$1.00

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