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10.05.2010
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City/Town: Basel
Event Type: Coffee/Chat
Meeting Point: Starbucks, Steinenvorstadt

Having once again discovered that an enjoyable book doesn't necessarily provoke long discussions (though of course there's lots of other stuff to talk about), April's lively get together resulted in our selecting a controversial book which will undoubtedly stimulate discussion: We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver is a mother's tale of coping with a son who committed a violent crime. Should be interesting!

We also pre-selected the titles for the two months after this:

On June 14 it will be The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

On July 5 we discuss The Quiet Girl by Peter Hoeg.


We'd also like to open a discussion here about venues. Till now we have happily met up at Starbucks Steinenvorstadt - usually the Monday evenings were relatively quiet and this Starbucks is the only one which is open all evening. But the past few times we've had to fight for free chairs and to hear ourselves speak. So does anyone have any brilliant ideas on alternative venues? (The situation is likely to improve over the next few months as during the summer many people sit outside, but still...)

Happy reading
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  • cris_haza - Hi, I just moved to Basel one month ago and would really like to join the group. And the book chosen for this next meeting looks like a great book, I just hope I'm able to read it by then! : ) Looking forward to meet you all. Kind regards, Cristina
  • rachel10 - Book just arrived so better get reading!
  • Clarina
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  • Ammodytes - alas too much work tonight and not enough time to talk about Kevin!
  • Piafia - Sorry - as Ammodytes, too much work...:-( hope you'll have a great discussion!!
  • Aislinn - So annoyed I can't make it as I was looking forward to talking about the book, but I also have to work late.
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Re: Basel Book Club @ 1900

Hi, I'm interested in joining. Can I just show up?

Thanks!
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Re: Basel Book Club @ 1900

Sarah -
I simply started showing up (well, after giving positive RSVP) so I sure hope it is alright.





So far as venue goes...
My suggestion does have some personal connection for me so I am a bit biased BUT I think that meeting upstairs in the "back" of Tibits should work out. On Mondays they are open until 11pm and in that section they have long tables that seat 8 - 10.

The "front" side has some different kind of seating arrangement, maybe a bit more suitable for "intimate conversation group" but due to positioning, this also may be an alright spot (and feel less like a family meeting / over to Gran's for Sunday Dinner) if we take over a corner.

I realize that some folks find them a bit expensive but for drinks and nibbles of the sort we'd get at Starbucks, I think it works out about the same.


Meanwhile, it was really tough at Starbuck's last night. I felt like we all could have benefited from "public speaking" or theatre courses in order to learn to project our voices.
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Re: Basel Book Club @ 1900

Oh! Also!

I remember some folks being really enjoying Reading Group discussion questions so, I thought this link might be handy.



And, one more thing, in case anyone is curious.

The trilogy I'd mentioned last night by Alan Dean Foster begins with a book Lost And Found.

At face value, the story is quite the usual (although Foster is an excellent story teller) "Alien Abduction" tale however, some of the things that the main characters go through are not really soooo different from what we go through daily here in our attempts to get to know our surroundings and the other people who share our lives with us in whatever fashion. (Including touching on a topic discussed last night - the "habit" of peoples to automatically assume a lack of language is the same as lack of intellectual ability.)
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right now, "alien abduction" sounds a lot better than mass murdering kid
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On the subject of venue - how many of us are there normally? The times I've been we've been c.10.
There's a coffee-bookshop behind the station but not sure they would stay open a bit longer if we're just 3...
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On the subject of venue - how many of us are there normally? The times I've been we've been c.10.
There's a coffee-bookshop behind the station but not sure they would stay open a bit longer if we're just 3...
Hmmm I think we might be 10 usually some people show up so might be a good idea.
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Re: Basel Book Club @ 1900

Certainly sounds like an option Sonrisa... is the atmosphere nice? And what's the name of the place? Any chance you can find out before Monday whether they are open late? Thanks
(thing is though, if they stay open just for us, it gets a little tricky. in the past 2 years we've had numbers of anywhere between 3 and 12 showing up - and of course at times we postpone at the last minute if suddenly it is inconvenient for many, etc)
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Re: Basel Book Club @ 1900

There is also the Starbucks at the Ground floor of Hotel Euler(?) on Centralbahnplats/Basel SBB - I think it is open until 21 on week-nights. It means that there is no time to sit longer than 21, but we rarely do anyway. Have no clue though on space and crowdedness...only been in there quickly in the morning at one or two occasions...

Or we can go to a pub/bar.... now with the smoking ban on, it could be ok and not so crowded on a Monday night...
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Re: Basel Book Club @ 1900

I'll be there. But I gotta say, I am very disturbed by this month's book and have had a hard time reading it. I hope we get a good discussion of it though, and I do hope we can hear each other.

I've no suggestions as to where we could meet since many places I go to are crowded anyways and I most often go out for coffee and meet up with friends during the day. But if it indeed keeps raining till next Monday, it probably will be noisy in Starbucks and many other places as well.
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Old 06.05.2010, 10:31
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I went to Nasoben which is behind SBB.

I spoke to someone but she wasn't too keen based on possible low turn (and therefore consumption rate) plus I got the impression I shot myself in the foot when I told her we had the books already. She said she'd ask but I don't think they want us...
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Re: Basel Book Club @ 1900

Thanks Sonrisa for checking out that venue - doesn't sound like they want our wonderful custom.

I suggest we still meet up in Starbucks as usual on Monday but then, if it's same old same old, we move to the bar down the road which Piafia suggested- I think it's called All Bar One? (Remember we went there once after Book Club and had the entire section upstairs to ourselves)?

(While the Starbucks at the station is an option too, and though often by 9pm people are leaving, it frequently happens that we're still so engrossed in conversation that it would be a real bummer if we were thrown out...)
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