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We meet once a month, generally on the third Monday, to discuss our selection.

Only members attending an actual meeting may put forward title suggestions. You are also encouraged to lead the discussion for your favorite book. The title is posted online about two months in advance, allowing plenty of time for amazon shipping, to pick up a copy on your weekend trip to Paris or the UK or to place an order through FNAC or your favorite local book store.


Meetings are held in the evenings in a private room with a fireplace, coffee table, comfortable leather couches and stuffed chairs at the elegant 4-star Hotel Ellington, 25 boulevard Dubouchage. Members should plan to purchase a glass of wine, tea, juice or other beverage at the bar since the Hotel Ellington courteously allows us use of the room at no charge. In the summer, look for us out on the Terrace!


In the future, Riviera Readers would like to expand its range and schedule separate meetups for visiting authors, local literary events such as book fairs, signings, poetry readings and more. If you have published a book and live here or will be visiting the Riviera, please contact Organizer Ann Sumwalt and let's make it happen!


Upcoming events (3)

Factfulness by Hans Rosling

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Ivanna, Bill Gates and Barack Obama all want to share an important message with you: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Who knows what 2022 holds in store for us? Let's be optimistic and get the New Year off to a great start with an interesting read that offers up a new way to look at the world.

'One of the most important books I've ever read - an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world' BILL GATES

'A hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases' BARACK OBAMA

352 pages but don't panic - many of those are full-page charts and diagrams!

The international bestseller, inspiring and revelatory, is filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories. Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world and make you realise things are better than you thought.

#1 Sunday Times bestseller
New York Times bestseller
Observer 'best brainy book of the decade'
Irish Times bestseller
Audiobook bestseller
Guardian bestseller

Acts of Desperation - Megan Nolan

Le Grand Café de France - restaurant à Nice

A sexy and electric book for a change of pace after "Factfulness"!
As we do every year, we will celebrate an Irish author in March.
Heralding the arrival of “a huge literary talent” (Karl Ove Knausgaard), Megan Nolan’s riveting debut is “a blistering anti-romance” (Catherine Lacey) about love addiction and what it does to us.
Wouldn’t I do anything to reverse my loss, the absence of him?
In the first scene of this provocative gut-punch of a novel, our unnamed narrator meets a magnetic writer named Ciaran and falls, against her better judgment, completely in his power. After a brief, all-consuming romance he abruptly rejects her, sending her into a tailspin of jealous obsession and longing. If he ever comes back to her, she resolves to hang onto him and his love at all costs, even if it destroys her…
Part breathless confession, part lucid critique, Acts of Desperation renders a consciousness split between rebellion and submission, between escaping degradation and eroticizing it, between loving and being lovable. With unsettling, electric precision, Nolan dissects one of life’s most elusive mysteries: Why do we want what we want, and how do we want it?
Acts of Desperation interrogates the nature of fantasy, desire, and power, challenging us to reckon honestly with our own insatiability.
"Hot as viscera." —The New Republic
"Love was the final consolation, would set ablaze the fields of my life in one go, leaving nothing behind. I thought of it as a force which would clean me and by its presence make me worthy of it. There was no religion in my life after early childhood, and a great faith in love was what I had cultivated instead."
A New Leaf - New Irish books for 2021

2022 Book suggestions here, so everyone can see and discuss

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Riviera Readers is a Democracy. Everyone is free to take a turn in choosing the books and leading the discussion.
You gotta be willing to read something new, either an author or a translated work from a country you don't know anything about. That's what being in an international book club is all about. Very grateful for the wealth of views and people in this group. It's really wonderful.
Please write your suggestions here so everyone can see and comment upon them if they wish.
It's ideal to have the meetings scheduled out 3 months in advance so we can get used copies shipped from the US or UK, or pick them up when travelling abroad.
Thanks to all of you for making Riviera Readers such a success!

Past events (125)

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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