ALC-ALIF Book Club: “Exit West”
Friday, Nov. 3 at 3 PM in Room 1
Mohsin Hamid’s latest book, “Exit West”, which the Guardian calls a ‘magical vision of the refugee crisis’, made the shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. As our book for this week’s Book Club, it centers on a very contemporary romance, situated in the dangerous context of the westward stream of refugees, as the title indicates. Join us for another fascinating discussion.
ALC-ALIF Book Club: “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Friday, Oct. 27 at 2 PM in Room 1
Are you a fan of the TV series, “The Handmaid’s Tale”? Whether you’ve seen it or not, join this week’s ALC-ALIF Book Club, as we read the book that the series is based on, written by Margaret Atwood. Through the discussion, we will explore themes of women in subjugation to misogyny in a patriarchal society and the various means by which women can gain individualism and independence. It will be an exciting conversation and everyone is welcome to join us.
ALC-ALIF Book Club: Honour by Elif Shafak
Friday, October 20 at 4 PM in Room 1
This week’s Book Club discussion will be about the book, “Honour,” by Elif Shafak. The novel addresses the issue of honor killings of women in Turkish culture. According to the Guardian, “The author is an extremely popular novelist in Turkey, particularly loved by young, educated and newly independent women who appreciate her fusion of feminism and Sufism, her disarmingly quirky characters and the artful twists and turns of her epic romances.”
ALC-ALIF Book Club: Saturday, July 15 at 1 PM in Room 1
In our upcoming Book Club gathering, we will read the first modern novel of the Western world: Miguel de Cervantes’s book, Don Quixote. The full (and comical) title of this much-loved book is, “The Ingenious Low-Born Noble Don Quixote of La Mancha”, and the Guardian claims that “Cervantes’s magnificent knight’s quest has cosmological scope and reverberation”. Join us as we tilt at windmills with one of the world’s greatest fictional characters and his sidekick, Sancho, to see what has made the book so legendary and influential. The drawing shown here is by Pablo Picasso.
Here is a link to download the book:
ALC-ALIF Book Club: Saturday, July 8 at 1 PM in Room 1
For this week’s Book Club, we will be reading “The Bottom of the Jar” by Abdellatif Laâbi, a Moroccan poet and novelist. The novel is based on memories from when Laâbi was “finding his footing in the heart of Fez during the 1950s, as Morocco began freeing itself from the grip of the French colonial occupation. The narrator vividly recalls his first encounters with the ebullient city, family dramas, and the joys and turbulence of his childhood.” Join us for an intimate look at our own city of Fes through this award-winning writer’s eyes.
ALC-ALIF Book Club: Saturday, July 1 at 1 PM in Room 1
This week we will discuss George Bernard Shaw’s most popular drama, “Pygmalion,” which deals with themes of language and social class.
Here is the link to the play:
ALC-ALIF Book Club: Saturday, June 10 at 1 PM in Room 1
Hello ALC-ALIF Book Club members and friends! Happy to announce that we will have a meeting of Book Club on Saturday, 10 June, at 1:00 pm in Room 1. This week, we will read an article from the New York Review of Books entitled, “The Pleasures of Pessimism”, by Tim Parks, which discusses the use of pessimism in literature and why we are drawn to it. Do you prefer literature that is optimistic or pessimistic? Come tell us your opinion this Saturday in what will be another fascinating discussion. Can’t wait to see you all again!
HERE is the link to the article.
ALC-ALIF Book Club: Saturday, February 25 at 1 PM in Room 1
Gabriel García Márquez is one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. This week we will be reading his novella, “Chronicle of a Death Foretold.” In 1982 García Márquez won the Nobel Prize for literature. Everyone is welcome to join us for our discussion of this novella, based on a true story, that can be classified as a combination of journalism, a detective story, and allegorical fiction.
ALC-ALIF Book Club: Saturday at 1 PM in Room 1
We will be reading from N. Scott Momaday’s novel, “House Made of Dawn”, which won the U.S. author a Pulitzer Prize in 1969. The book has been a huge influence on Native American authors, and it looks at a number of the issues that Native Americans face in the modern world. Join us on Saturday, 18 Feb, at 1:00 pm in Room 1.
Everyone is welcome! Saturday, 4 February at 1:00 pm in Room 1.
James Baldwin was one of the important leaders of the civil rights movement in the USA in the mid-twentieth century; his influence was primarily through the books and essays he wrote. For this week’s Book Club, we will be reading his first novel, “Go Tell It On the Mountain”, from 1953. Join us for a discussion of the book, race relations in the USA, and the role of religion in Baldwin’s life as a source of repression and moral hypocrisy but also inspiration and community.