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We meet every month in Brisbane (Australia) to discuss our book of the month (announced on the 1st of the month) plus all the other great books that are lighting up our worlds at the moment.

The books by our bedsides. The books that are keeping us on tenterhooks on our commutes.The books that are challenging us to ponder new horizons at 3am. The books that bring joy, possibility, hope, wisdom and humility to our lives.

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September Book Club: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak

Greetings Brisbane booklovers! We're travelling to Istanbul for our September Lit Up Book Club read with Elif Shafak's Booker-longlisted novel, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds is the time the novel's protagonist, Tequila Leila, has to reflect on her life before her brain shuts down. Her memories of friends are woven with the histories of Istanbul and Turkey, and cover the challenging realities of their lives from gender expectations, religious oppression, and discrimination, to migration, sexual violence, and political unrest. Harsh, yes, but this is also the story of friendship and solidarity. Shafak is not only Turkey's most widely-read female novelist - having authored 17 books including 11 novels - but she is an activist, academic and advocate of the power of storytelling to change the world. If you're keen to journey to Istanbul or just ready for some intricate storytelling, then do join us for book club this month. We’ll be meeting at 6.30pm on Wednesday 25th September 2019 at the Meeting Room at New Farm Library, 135 Sydney St, New Farm. BYO something to sip and/or munch on while we talk + a $5 Donation to help cover the Meetup fees. If you'd like to join us then just RSVP 'Yes' and get reading! See you on the 25th! Cheers Trish *** Publisher’s blurb: 'In the first minute following her death, Tequila Leila's consciousness began to ebb, slowly and steadily, like a tide receding from the shore. Her brain cells, having run out of blood, were now completely deprived of oxygen. But they did not shut down. Not right away...' For Leila, each minute after her death brings a sensuous memory: the taste of spiced goat stew, sacrificed by her father to celebrate the long-awaited birth of a son; the sight of bubbling vats of lemon and sugar which the women use to wax their legs while the men attend mosque; the scent of cardamom coffee that Leila shares with a handsome student in the brothel where she works. Each memory, too, recalls the friends she made at each key moment in her life - friends who are now desperately trying to find her. . . About the author: Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and the most widely read female author in Turkey. She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published seventeen books, eleven of which are novels, including the bestselling The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, and Three Daughters of Eve. Her work has been translated into fifty languages. She was awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017 she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people who would make the world better. Shafak is also a political scientist and an academic. She holds a degree in International Relations, a masters’ degree in Gender and Women’s Studies and a PhD in Political Science and Political Philosophy. She has taught at various universities in Turkey, the UK and the USA, including St Anne's College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. Shafak is a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). An advocate for women's rights, LGBT rights and freedom of speech, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice a TED Global speaker, each time receiving a standing ovation. Shafak has been longlisted for the Orange Prize, MAN Asian Prize; the Baileys Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award, and shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize *** Reviews: Here’s what readers are saying about 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World at Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43706466-10-minutes-38-seconds-in-this-strange-world

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