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CONTEMPORARY BOOK: The Ludwig Conspiracy by Oliver Pötzsch
MEETING INFORMATION Date: May 16, 2018 Location: Emeryville Meeting Facilitated by: Anthony BOOK INFORMATION Title: The Ludwig Conspiracy by Oliver Pötzsch Genre: Fiction – Historical Thriller Year of Publication: 2011 (translated from German to English in 2013) Approximate Page Count: 435 Summary: In 1886, Ludwig II, the fairytale king of Bavaria, was deposed after being declared insane by doctors who had never met him. He died mysteriously soon thereafter, his eccentric and beautiful castles his only legacy. When an encoded diary by one of Ludwig’s confidants falls into the hands of rare book dealer Steven Lukas, he soon realizes that the diary may bring him more misery than money. Others want the diary as well—and they will kill to get it. Believing the diary to contain the secret truth behind Ludwig’s death, Steven and the detective Sara Lengfeld go on the run, investigating each of Ludwig’s three famous castles for clues. Just what in the diary could be so explosive that Ludwig's deranged modern-day followers will do whatever it takes to keep it hidden? Book Suggested by: Belden MEETING FORMAT Book discussion meetings combine free-flowing conversation about the book, led by one volunteer, and information of interest about the book delivered via an informal presentation, led by another volunteer. The following is the East Bay Book Club's meeting format: 1. Introduction of all attendees 2. Biographical information about the author (no more than 10 minutes) and facts of interest about the book (no more than 10 minutes), all presented by the first volunteer 3. Comments and thoughts on the book (approximately one hour), shared spontaneously or in response to discussion questions that the second volunteer writes or compiles 4. Final thoughts on the book from all attendees (no more than one minute per attendee) If you would like to volunteer for either the author/book presentation or the discussion questions, please leave a comment below stating which role you would like to volunteer for. The Organizer and Co-Organizers will, if possible, make efforts to email everyone to ask for volunteers if needed. It is strongly encouraged that people who plan to attend the meeting consider volunteering to ensure the best possible book discussion experience. REMINDER ABOUT MEMBERSHIP FEE The East Bay Book Club charges a $5 membership fee that is good for one year. The fee, which is paid by cash or check, is due any time before the second meeting you attend after joining the club or after your previous membership expired. As the Organizer or Co-Organizer does roll call, he/she will check your membership status and let you know if and when a fee is due. A MESSAGE FROM OUR SPONSOR The East Bay Book Club is sponsored by Instaread (www.instaread.co). Get access to key insights from 600+ bestselling nonfiction books that you can read or listen to in just 15 minutes. Use coupon code EASTBAYBOOKCLUB25 to get 25% off your annual subscription or EASTBAYMONTHLY25 to get 25% off your monthly subscription.

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About the East Bay Book Club

The East Bay Book Club is a very dynamic group of individuals who share one thing in common: an enthusiasm for books. Each month, members read a particular book, chosen by the whole group or by the Organizer, and meet to share observations, insights, and personal thoughts about it. Meetings are devoted to various genres, both contemporary and classic.

The club's members represent a variety of backgrounds and literary tastes, bringing wonderful diversity to each book discussion. The East Bay Book Club thrives on both the celebration of literature and the comraderie of its readers. More importantly, the club values the ideas of its members, allowing everyone a chance to suggest books and other ideas for making this club a lively group to participate in.

Since its inception in June 2007, the East Bay Book Club has inspired new and ongoing interest in reading. The club reads everything from historical fiction and literary works to thrillers and nonfiction. Thanks to its members, the club continues to be an engaging book interest group, discussion forum, and social club all rolled into one. The mission of the East Bay Book Club is simple: provide an opportunity to explore the excitement of literature, one of humankind's oldest forms of leisure, and to meet like-minded people along the way.

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All book discussion meetings for a single club year (September through June) are announced before the start of the year. Please refer to the complete list of current and upcoming meetups to know the books and dates for each meeting. You are encouraged to plan in advance your readings of books that interest you, instead of waiting for email announcements of each meeting.

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