Book Group Meetings October to December 2015

September’s meeting is on 1st September – let me know if you need details of meeting location etc.

I’ve just sent out an email with details of the next few meetings that are coming up – if you have provided your email address but haven’t received the email do check your junk mail folder, and if it’s not there email a reminder to the book group email address and I’ll resend it.

And if you aren’t on the email list yet but would like to be receiving updates then email the  book group email address and I’ll add you.

Upcoming Meetings

Here are details of meeting dates and books for the next few months. More info on each of the books is at the bottom of this email. I’ll send out a reminder before each meeting too.

October – Thursday 8th – “A Town Called Winter” by Patrick Gale. This month it will be an earlier start and potentially a different venue close to the Literature Festival site, as those who want to will go straight to see Patrick talking about the book at the festival after. More details below.

November – Tuesday 3rd – “Like People in History” by Felice Picano

December – Tuesday 8th – “Oranges are Not the Only Fruit” by Jeanette Winterson . There may well be a Christmas meal after the December meeting!

Venues to be confirmed by email prior to each month’s meeting.

Upcoming Events

Cheltenham Literature Festival

There are literally hundreds of events happening over the ten days of the festival, but two events featuring book group authors are:

Patrick Gale: A Place Called Winter

Thursday 8th October 8.30-9.30pm Event L216

A Place Called Winter is loosely based on a real-life family mystery. The author joins Alex Clark to examine his breathtaking tale of self-discovery and to discuss the book on everyone’s lips this year.

I have scheduled October’s meeting the same evening so we can go to see Patrick talk about the book after we have had our own discussion. I will ask at September’s meeting who wants to go and will buy tickets for those that do once booking opens on 2nd September, otherwise you will need to buy your own ticket.

Jeanette Winterson: Reimagining Shakespeare

Sat 3 Oct 2015 2:45pm – 3:45pm

How do you ‘cover’ Shakespeare? The award-winning author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit reveals the process behind The Gap of Time, her VINTAGE Hogarth prose retelling of The Winter’s Tale.

I will be away that weekend so can’t make it but you may be interested.

More information on the books

A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale

To find yourself, sometimes you must lose everything.

A privileged elder son, and stammeringly shy, Harry Cane has followed convention at every step. Even the beginnings of an illicit, dangerous affair do little to shake the foundations of his muted existence – until the shock of discovery and the threat of arrest cost him everything.

Forced to abandon his wife and child, Harry signs up for emigration to the newly colonised Canadian prairies. Remote and unforgiving, his allotted homestead in a place called Winter is a world away from the golden suburbs of turn-of-the-century Edwardian England. And yet it is here, isolated in a seemingly harsh landscape, under the threat of war, madness and an evil man of undeniable magnetism that the fight for survival will reveal in Harry an inner strength and capacity for love beyond anything he has ever known before.

In this exquisite journey of self-discovery, loosely based on a real life family mystery, Patrick Gale has created an epic, intimate human drama, both brutal and breathtaking. It is a novel of secrets, sexuality and, ultimately, of great love.

Like People in History by Felice Picano

Flamboyant, mercurial Alistair Dodge and steadfast, cautious Roger Sansarc are second cousins who are both gay and whose lifelong friendship begins when they first meet as nine-year-old boys in 1954. At crucial moments in their personal histories their lives intersect, and each discovers his own unique – and uniquely gay- identity.

Through the lends of their complex, tumultuous, yet enduring relationship – and their involvement with the handsome model, poet and decorated Vietnam vet Matt Loguidice, whom they both love – Felice Picano chronicles and celebrates gay life and subculture over the last half of the twentieth century. From Malibu Beach in its palmist surfer days to the legendary parties at Fire Island Pines in the 1970s, from San Francisco during its gayest era to AIDS activism in Greenwich Village in the 1990s, Like People in History presents ‘the heroic and funny saga of the last three decades by someone who saw everything and forgot nothing’ (Edmund White).

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

This is the story of Jeanette, adopted and brought up by her mother as one of God’s elect. Zealous and passionate, she seems destined for life as a missionary, but then she falls for one of her converts. At sixteen, Jeanette decides to leave the church, her home and her family, for the young woman she loves. Innovative, intoxicating and tender, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is a journey to the bizarre outposts of religious excess and an exploration of love.