What we're about

This is a group for those who love conversations about books and ideas, politics, writing and the arts.

We hold a monthly book club, where instead of reading a particular book, we discuss a different question each month, with a focus on the books that have informed and inspired us. Past questions have included:

• Why do we read?

• Which fictional character would you most like to meet and why?

• Who are your favourite villains?

• What was your favourite book when you were twelve years old?

Our meetings are friendly and informal, usually starting with a general catch up before we go around the table to share our thoughts on the topic, with plenty of diversions and interesting book recommendations, over a meal and a glass of wine. You do not have to read a particular book for our monthly bookclubs, but the topic may inspire you to read something new or re-read an old favourite. At the end of the evening, we'll suggest ideas and vote to determine the question for next month.

We also meet to attend great events for writers and bookworms around Melbourne, such as the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Emerging Writers' Festival, local literary festivals, independent author talks and Wheeler Centre events. We also attend some plays, movies based on books, and other interesting events that group members are interested in attending, or meet to play a literary game like Scrabble or Articulate. We often meet for a drink and a chat before or after the events as well - read the event description for details.

If you're interested, you are welcome to become an event organiser or to suggest events you'd like to become meet up events - just send an email to the group organisers or ask the host at one of our events.

The Dull Stuff:

*No show policy applies* Please remember to change your RSVP if you can no longer attend an event. It's absolutely fine to change your RSVP for any reason up until the event starts, and you don't need to give a reason when changing your RSVP, however no shows are considered inconsiderate and will result in your removal from the group. No shows mean that your host has to keep checking and updating the event comments in case people are lost instead of enjoying the conversation, or might mean the group waits to order, or that we hold tables and chairs in booked out venues, all of which we are happy to do for those running a little late or lost, but shouldn't have to do for those not planning to attend. It's also unfair for our great venues, who might turn people away and then see a couple of empty spots at our table. We know it's not a huge deal, but no shows are a little annoying so they are recorded and will result in removal from the group. (If something came up and you weren't able to change your RSVP, or if you think you've been listed as a no show and removed by accident, send a message to the group organiser and it can be reversed).

*Meet up fees* To help cover meet up fees, members can choose to give a $2 donation at the monthly book clubs (not at any of our other events).

The BIG list (all our previous monthly bookclub topics):

1. May 2014 - The Best Novel I've Ever Read

2. June 2014 - The books and authors that ignited your love of reading

3. July 2014 - Strange Lands

4. August 2014 - Books that started genres and trends

5. September 2014 - Books that evoke a sense of place

6. October 2014 - Drama... Our favourite plays

7. November 2014 - Rites of Passage/Coming of Age

8. December 2014 - Poetry

9. January 2015 - Comedy

10. February 2015 - Travel

11. March 2015 - Books that shaped my theory of life, the universe, and everything

12. April 2015 – Books set in Melbourne or Victoria

13. May 2015 - LGBT

14. June 2015 - Books that take you into a new culture

15. July 2015 - The Victorian Era to the Modern Era

16. September 2015 - Books by Eastern European Authors

17. October 2015 - The Books I Couldn't Finish Reading

18. November 2015 – Books that Disappointed

19. December 2015 – The Best Books read in 2015

20. January 2016 – Why do we read?

21. February 2016 - What's your favourite book, and why?

22. March 2016 - What book influenced your philosophy/thinking?

23. April 2016 - What book has haunted you/stayed with you most?

24. May 2016 - Which four writers would you invite to a dinner party and why?

25. June 2016 - Which books did you think you would not like but ended up loving?

26. July 2016 - Which fictional character would you most like to meet and why?

27. August 2016 - Which book to movie adaption do you think was the best?

28. September 2016 – What book required a second reading to be enjoyed?

29. October 2016 – Who are your favourite villains?

30. November 2016 - Which books did not end the way you thought they should?

31. December 2016 – What was the best book you read in 2016?

32. January 2017 - Which books gripped you most from the beginning?

33. February 2017 - Who is your favourite female protagonist/character and why?

34. March 2017 - Which is your favourite book written by an Australian author?

35. April 2017 - What was your favourite book when you were twelve years old?

36. May 2017 - Which books got worse and worse, until you almost / couldn't finish them?

37. June 2017 - Which book made you laugh the most AND cry the most?

38. July 2017 - What country did you enjoy / connect with most in a book?

39. August 2017 - Which obscure book do you think everyone should read?

40. September 2017 – If the house was on fire and you could only save one book, which book would it be?

41. October 2017 - What's the most disturbing book you've ever read?

42. November 2017 - Who have you read about that you really admired/ inspired you?

43. December 2017 - What was the best book you read in 2017?

44. January 2018 - Which book have you thrown against the wall?

45. February 2018 - Which book's phrasing or language have you enjoyed the most?

46. March 2018 - Who is your favourite writer and why?

47. April 2018 - Which books have changed your point of view?

48. May 2018 - Which books made you cry?

49. June 2018 - What is your favorite book set in a culture other than the one you grew up in?

Upcoming events (3)

Monthly Bookclub: Which fictional character do you most want to be like?

This will be our 63rd monthly book club, where instead of reading a particular book, we pick a literary themed question, with a focus on the books that have informed and inspired us. In August, we'll be asking, "Which fictional character do you most want to be like?" Our meetings are friendly and informal, usually starting with a general catch up before we go around the table to share our thoughts on the topic, with plenty of diversions and interesting book recommendations, over a meal and a glass of wine. You do not have to read a particular book for our monthly bookclubs, but the topic may inspire you to read something new or re-read an old favorite. You can bring along your book if you'd like, but just telling us the title is fine too. At the end of the evening, we'll suggest ideas and vote to determine the question for next month. *No show policy applies* Please remember to change your RSVP if you can no longer attend. It's absolutely fine to change your RSVP for any reason up until the event starts, and you don't need to give a reason when changing your RSVP, however no shows are considered inconsiderate and will result in your removal from the group. No shows mean that people on the waiting list miss out, your host has to keep checking and updating the event comments in case people are lost instead of joining the conversation, or might mean the group waits to order dinner or start our round the table discussion, or that we hold tables and chairs in busy venues, all of which we are happy to do for those running a little late or lost, but shouldn't have to do for those not planning to attend. It's also unfair for our great venues, who might turn people away and then see a couple of empty spots at our table. *Meet up fees* To help cover meet up fees, members can choose to give a $2 donation at the monthly book clubs (not at any of our other events).

Jasper Fforde in conversation with Alison Croggan

Readings Hawthorn

Jasper Fforde spent twenty years in the film business before his dramatic debut in the book world on the New York Times bestseller list with The Eyre Affair in 2001. Since then, he has written another twelve novels, including the Number One Sunday Times bestseller, One of Our Thursdays is Missing, and the Last Dragonslayer series, which has been adapted for television by Sky. Come along to hear Fforde talking about his new standalone novel, Early Riser, and more, with award-winning writer Alison Croggon. Tickets are $5 per person, redeemable off a Fforde title available on the night. Book your tickets through Readings here: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=516361& We'll meet at the event - use the comments below to find the group or ask for a seat to be saved on the day.

Monthly Bookclub: Would you rather read a story you can relate to or escape to?

This will be our 64th monthly book club, where instead of reading a particular book, we pick a literary themed question, with a focus on the books that have informed and inspired us. In September, we'll be asking, “Would you rather read a story you can relate to or escape into?" Our meetings are friendly and informal, usually starting with a general catch up before we go around the table to share our thoughts on the topic, with plenty of diversions and interesting book recommendations, over a meal and a glass of wine. You do not have to read a particular book for our monthly bookclubs, but the topic may inspire you to read something new or re-read an old favorite. You can bring along your book if you'd like, but just telling us the title is fine too. At the end of the evening, we'll suggest ideas and vote to determine the question for next month. *No show policy applies* Please remember to change your RSVP if you can no longer attend. It's absolutely fine to change your RSVP for any reason up until the event starts, and you don't need to give a reason when changing your RSVP, however no shows are considered inconsiderate and will result in your removal from the group. No shows mean that people on the waiting list miss out, your host has to keep checking and updating the event comments in case people are lost instead of joining the conversation, or might mean the group waits to order dinner or start our round the table discussion, or that we hold tables and chairs in busy venues, all of which we are happy to do for those running a little late or lost, but shouldn't have to do for those not planning to attend. It's also unfair for our great venues, who might turn people away and then see a couple of empty spots at our table. *Meet up fees* To help cover meet up fees, members can choose to give a $2 donation at the monthly book clubs (not at any of our other events).

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