What we're about

Founded in 2011 by the manager of Zebu Forno (now closed but it was a great place on South Street), we have since had a stint at Atlanta Bread in Madison -- now also closed -- and after that Panera Bread (still open!).

We started as a typical book club --- reading mostly "literary" best-sellers with some non-fiction sprinkled in, all suggested by members. Then we had a phase where we each picked books that had special meaning for us, and discussed them with the group. Also we did a string of great YA fiction.

We then tried a "featured writer" approach, first Haruki Murakami (our members are called "Laikas" in remembrance of "Sputnik Sweetheart"), then Pat Conroy, and finally Virginia Woolf.

We also have had a sideline on Shakespeare for a while, as several of our members are volunteers for the Shakespeare Theater of NJ at Drew University, and have seen many of their EXCELLENT productions. Also we are doing Shakespeare reading group -- no experience necessary, no pre-reading of the plays necessary -- we started it at the Raritan Library, and since the pandemic started, have been doing it online. Also during the pandemic, we expanded our online read-alouds to include other playwrights and authors.

We have recently re-instituted in-person Meetups, once a month, at the Panera's in Florham Park.

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If you would like to be an Organizer, and are willing to lead Meetups on books etc. at times/places of your choosing, we will be happy to offer you the support of this Meetup group.

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It made her think of Laika, the dog. The man-made satellite streaking soundlessly across the blackness of outer space. The dark, lustrous eyes of the dog gazing out of the tiny window. In the infinite loneliness of space, what could Laika possibly be looking at?”

― Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart (https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1813695)

Upcoming events (4+)

Book Discussion: What We've Been Reading

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IN-PERSON event: Please only attend this event if you are vaccinated!

This will be our first in-person event in a while -- we'll each share some thoughts and recommendations about what we've been reading to the group.

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Shakespeare reading: Macbeth

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Join us in reading Shakespeare plays out loud; no prior experience needed.

You only need a copy of the play to participate, pick any version below:

https://www.sparknotes.com/nofear/shakespeare
https://shakespeare.folger.edu/shakespeares-works
http://shakespeare.mit.edu

Click on the link at right to join the Zoom meeting. You may need to install/update the Zoom software on your device. We usually open the room a little early in case you want to test your settings.

Late-comers (unless we know you) will generally not be admitted, as it disrupts the reading.

Playing Shakespeare: 5. Irony and Ambiguity

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John Barton holds a master class in how to play Shakespeare, using members of the RSC doing scenes, sonnets, and commentary as prime examples.

Click on the link at right to join the Zoom meeting. You do need to first install the Zoom software on your device.

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Playing Shakespeare: 6. Passion and Coolness

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John Barton holds a master class in how to play Shakespeare, using members of the RSC doing scenes, sonnets, and commentary as prime examples.

Click on the link at right to join the Zoom meeting. You do need to first install the Zoom software on your device.

Past events (309)

Shakespeare reading: Macbeth

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