What we're about

Hello fellow book lovers!

We are Oslo Book Club - a book discussion club that was born on Meetup in the dark depths of winter 2012. By then, we have grown quite a bit: Nowadays we meet twice a month to share our love for reading and to discuss books and short stories in a friendly and inspiring environment. It is a wonderful way to discover great books and to meet new and like-minded people.

We have a monthly poll to select our reads for the next month and this poll is made up of suggestions from our members. So whether it's a classic you've always wanted to read, a book you love or something that caught your eye in the bookstore, it's up to you. Discussions will start on the book we have read that month but often spread to other cultural topics such as films, plays and music as well.

So please come along and join us for a beer/coffee/glass of wine and open your mind to some books you probably wouldn't have dreamed of reading!

Here is what we are reading in the near future:

September short story: "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings"
September novel: "Einstein's Dreams"

October: horror read
Short story: "The Black Cat" by E. A. Poe
Novel: "A Strange Case of Mister Jekyll and Doctor Hyde" by Stevenson

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September book meetup: Einstein's Dreams

Filmkaféen

Update! New location: Filmkaféen, Dronningens gate 16. Welcome to our September book meetup. This month we will be reading and discussing "Einstein's Dreams" by Alan Lightman. This novel presents a fictionalized view of Einstein during his work on his theory of relativity. This month we're going to test out a new location: Filmkaféen, which is located on Dronningens gate (it's the same location as Cinemateket) just a few blocks away from Oslo S and Jernbanetorget. They have a selection of snacks and drinks for purchase, and a nice casual atmosphere. Looking forward to discussing the book with you!

Short story meetup - "The Viy"

Filmkaféen

The Autumn chill is upon us! This is why we decided to have a month of horror reads, and we're kicking it off with a short story "The Vyi" by a classical Russian author, Nikolai Gogol. Set in rural Ukraine this story was transformed into a movie in 1967 which became the first ever horror movie shot in the USSR. They used quite a lot of innovative techniques to make it scary on a budget. Everyone who watched it as a child has rather... fond.. memories of the "coffin scene". This scene alone will keep the psychiatrists busy for a few decades.... You can watch this classical movie here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdM990ARhAo (There is also a modern 2018 version where Gogol himself is the investigator of the mysterious events, but I can´t vouch for that one) As for the short story... You can read a translation of it into English here: https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/g/gogol/nikolai/g61v/ The original can be found here: https://ilibrary.ru/text/1070/p.15/index.html Last month we tested out Cinemateket (or Filmkaféen), and it looks like a good location. You can get beers, wine, cider, coffee and soft drinks. It is located close to the central train station, so it´s not hard to find. Hope to see many of you there!

Novel meetup - "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"

The Autumn chill is upon us! This is why we decided to have a month of horror reads, and we're reading "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson. It's a pretty short read, around 100 pages, so I hope that many of you finish on time. As always finishing on time is not a must, unless you want to avoid the spoilers. This book is public domain and can be downloaded for free from Project Guttenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/42 The Jekyll and Hyde novel is considered to be one of the three pillars of classical horror, along with "Frankenstein" and "Dracula" . It has been adapted to the film screen a number of times and served an inspiration for many newer characters and stories. The Jekyll/Hyde paradigm has also become a powerful metaphor in psychiatry -- and we even resort to it in our ordinary lives. This is why it would be awesome to finally read the original which shook the minds of Victorian Britain! Last month we tested out Cinemateket (or Filmkaféen), and it looks like a good location. You can get beers, wine, cider, coffee and soft drinks. It is located close to the central train station, so it´s not hard to find. Hope to see many of you there!

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