What we're about

A group for bookworms who sometimes feel like they were born in the wrong century. We do 3 things:

1) Book club: Read a classic work of literature every month and get together at a local establishment to discuss it. We will visit cafes, tea houses, breweries, and other places in the Vancouver/Portland area. Although we love the smell of old books, we are audiobook and e-book friendly. Read as thou wilt.

2) Poetry club: A time to gather together to enjoy classic poetry from around the world. Memorization and recitation is highly encouraged, but you can also read your contribution. This is not a time to share your own writing -- this is a time to share and discuss favorite old poems that inspire and delight.

3) Field trips: When the opportunity arises, we may go on field trips with a literary theme or which otherwise satisfy the yearnings of our souls. Classic music concerts, operas, museums, visiting gardens, and more are not out of the question.

Members are encouraged to participate in all three, and to suggest new events and activities!

If you show up sporting a top hat or lace parasol, you will not be judged.

Upcoming events (2)

OSLS Virtual "BYOB" Holiday Party (Bring Your Own Book!)

BYOB = Bring Your Own Book! You are invited to OSLS's first holiday party, quarantine-style! Instead of all reading the same book as we usually do, for December's meetup you get to pick your own book to read this holiday season and come tell us about it over a virtual cup of tea, wine, beer, cider, hot chocolate, wassail, or glühwein! Everyone who attends will get a chance to talk about why they loved (or didn't love) their December book choice, read a favorite passage aloud (if you want to), and give a mini-review for anyone who hasn't yet read it. (But no major spoilers please!) You can bring classic literature, modern lit, or even non-fiction or poetry! We are just bookworms who love talking about books, so the more the merrier! Feel free to post your personal book choice in the comments or ask for recommendations! There might even be literary games and trivia! Who knows! Hope to see you there! Join us for a virtual meeting: https://zoom.us/j/2095054132?pwd=andhS0VpZld1VXlPRzZ3SXdsZzFndz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode: oldsouls (You may be prompted to download the Zoom software. It is free and safe. You will need speakers and a mic, like the ones probably built into your computer. You can use your phone for audio, if necessary. Webcams encouraged but not required. Let me know if you need help joining the web meeting.)

OSLS discusses "Bel Ami" by Guy de Maupassant

Online event

Bel-Ami (which means "Dear Friend") is the second novel by French author Guy de Maupassant, published in 1885. The story chronicles journalist Georges Duroy's corrupt rise to power from a poor former cavalry officer in France's African colonies, to one of the most successful men in Paris, most of which he achieves by manipulating a series of powerful, intelligent, and wealthy women. This book is in the public domain and is available for free online: Various formats: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3733 Free for Kindle users: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081TN31VT/ You may also be interested in the recent film adaptation if you are unfamiliar with the story: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel_Ami_(2012_film) Join us for a virtual meeting: https://zoom.us/j/2095054132?pwd=andhS0VpZld1VXlPRzZ3SXdsZzFndz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode: oldsouls (You may be prompted to download the Zoom software. It is free and safe. You will need speakers and a mic, like the ones probably built into your computer. You can use your phone for audio, if necessary. Webcams encouraged but not required. Let me know if you need help joining the web meeting.)

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