THE ENGLISH BOOK CLUB

The Book Club at Tecla Sala Library

A Kind Man (next session 17th January)

Susan Hill has written and published over 60 books covering all kinds of different styles and genres. How are you enjoying the book chosen as the first read of 2019? … Continue reading

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Thirteen Reasons Why (next session 20th December)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 How far are you in Hannah’s tapes? How hooked are you to her story? How appalled? How … Continue reading

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The Color Purple (next session 15th November)

With every book comes a chance to travel and discover another period in time, another culture, a different experience from ours, or maybe a similar experience to ours that, when … Continue reading

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84, Charing Cross Road (next session 18th October)

I hope you are already enjoying the read of the letters between writer (and reader) Helene Hanff and bookseller (and reader) Frank Doel. If you want to maybe also listen … Continue reading

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Once again… back to the club!

It smells like summer is about to end… and thus, the English Reading Club is back! Hello everyone and welcome once again to a new year of discussion, meetings, fun … Continue reading

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The Heart Goes Last (last session! 21st June)

So… this is it! We made it to this year’s last meeting! And we are ending it with the writer that has probably become the most read by this English … Continue reading

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The History of Love (next session 17th May)

Dear readers… meet Nicole Krauss, the author of the book that you will be discussing in the next meeting of the English Reading Club: You are also welcome to download … Continue reading

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They Came Like Swallows (next session 19th April)

Hello everyone! Once again, we bring you through the blog the materials that accompany your reading for this month. There are novels that grab the attention by wearing comedy outfits, … Continue reading

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Moral Disorder (next session 15th March)

OF COURSE! After reading The Handmaid’s Tale last year, you wanted to read some more Margaret Atwood. How can I blame you? She is one of my all time favorite … Continue reading

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Let Me Be Frank With You (next session 15th February)

Why not getting to know a character from the end to the beginning? Let’s get creative and approach Frank Bascombe, Richard Ford’s work of a lifetime, from the last book … Continue reading

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The Bloody Chamber (next session 18th January)

New year, old stories! The first book of this brand new year 2018 will take us back to some of the stories that we know have existed for centuries… but … Continue reading

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The White Tiger (next session 21st December)

After our descent into madness and blues with Canadian Michael Ondaatje, how about a trip to India to explore its inequailities through this deeply controversial novel? Aravind Adiga won one … Continue reading

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Coming Through Slaughter (next session 16th November)

Phew… Here we are, FINALLY! Where, exactly? Right here: New Orleans, music, jazz, madness and Buddy Bolden. All in one COMPLICATED piece of fiction! Ok, let’s not call it complicated. … Continue reading

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If you give a little love…

I wonder why Camila wanted to share this video with you all before discussing Tuesdays with Morrie next week. Any ideas? Also, if  you want to see and hear Mitch … Continue reading

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Tuesdays with Morrie (next session 19th October)

In restless times like these, does anybody else think we need to take a step back from the pressing matters of everyday troubles, and think about the deeper issues of … Continue reading

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The Reading Club is BACK!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to a new year of books and English, meetings and discussion, discoveries and learning, and hopefully fun and enjoyment all in the mix! We are … Continue reading

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The Booktube frency

Have you heard the word “BOOKTUBE” before? It is a blending of the words Book + Youtube, and… I guess you might have an idea of what it is about … Continue reading

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The Girl on the train (next session 15th June)

Are you ready to hop on the next train? It will take us directly to the last book of the Reading Club year 2016/2017! For this last session, YOU have … Continue reading

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What is Frankenstein REALLY about?

Although the plot of the novel might seem pretty straightforward (“a book about a mad scientist who creates a monster”), Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has been interpreted in many different ways, … Continue reading

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Frankenstein (next session 18th May)

Yes yes… you know the story… you probably have watched one (or two!) versions of the movie… BUT: have you read the novel?? Time for a classic! It won’t be … Continue reading

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Letters Live

While I was looking for some extra content related to Gerald Durrell , I came across a project that I find worth sharing: Letters Live. Letters Live was born inspired by … Continue reading

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My Family And Other Animals (next session 20th April)

I’m pretty sure you are just starting to get acquainted with the Durrells and the island of Corfu, but since I’m going to be out of office next week, we … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale (next session 16th march)

I read the news today… oh boy! They say that the demand for dystopian literature (especially George Orwell’s 1984) is rising, especially in the US after Donald Trump’s election. It … Continue reading

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Christiefilia

Yes, of course I have invented that word! But how else would you call someone IN LOVE with all things Agatha Christie related? Being the Queen of Crime, as you … Continue reading

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Evil Under The Sun (next session 16th February)

In the midst of the “coldish” Mediterranean winter (come on, we can’t complain!), the English Reading Club brings you a murder mystery set in summery Devon, where Belgian detective Hercule … Continue reading

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I liked the movie best

While looking for information in order to prepare the reading guide for Graham Greene’s novel The Third Man, I found A LOT of very interesting articles that talked not about … Continue reading

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The Third man (next session 19th January)

Hello, 2017! We are welcoming you with the first book of the year, and we must admit that is a very peculiar book… because it was not written to be read … Continue reading

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Things Fall Apart (next session 15th December)

Our last meeting of the year, and we are traveling to… Nigeria! Are you ready for an immersion in African culture and tradition? We hope that you find this session’s … Continue reading

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A useful tool…

Hello everyone! Before we have the materials for our next session up and available for you to download, Camila wants to share with you this useful tool to better understand … Continue reading

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Bread and Tomato (next session 17th Nov) – MEET THE AUTHOR.

A very special session is coming up! It is very seldomly that we have the opportunity to talk with the author of a book we’ve read, but this will happen … Continue reading

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Booh!

Halloween is just around the corner, and before we leave Roald Dahl’s selection of short stories behind for good, Jennifer suggested that I share with you these links, in case … Continue reading

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Horacio Quiroga’s Ten Rules

Horacio Quiroga (1878-1937), Uruguayan playwright, poet and short story writer, has a famous decalogue published in 1927 entitled Ten Rules for the Perfect Storyteller, where he gives advice to young … Continue reading

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Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories (next session 20th Oct)

The following reading club session will get your hairs up and your spines chilling… are you ready for the shrieking voices and the dismal apparitions? Ghosts galore in this anthology … Continue reading

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2016-2017 season – Presentation session, 22nd September.

  September 22nd 7.30 pm English Reading Club – Presentation Session The new season is here. Are you ready for some book discussion? Jennifer R. Justel is joining us as moderator … Continue reading

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Lit2Go

Before you set off on your summer break, Isabel and I would like to recommend you a website where you will find plenty of reading and listening material to last … Continue reading

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (next session 16th June)

Last session of the season in very good company: Alice! Reading guide. Discussion questions. Enjoy the reading and if you see a White Rabbit… don’t follow it! (Or maybe do … Continue reading

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The Queen’s English

Did you know that there is something called “The Queen’s English”? Its more technical term is actually “Received Pronunciation”, and the Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines it as “the standard … Continue reading

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The Uncommom Reader by Alan Bennett (next session 19th May)

Where did I put my book? This seems to be the Queen’s major worry since she has discovered the pleasure of reading. But, is it a pleasure or a duty? … Continue reading

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Important!

A couple of important things for those who did not attend the last session: Next book, The Uncommon Reader, cannot be renewed and it has to be returned to Tecla … Continue reading

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Amy Tan at TED

I want to use this video where you can see Amy Tan talking about creativity to introduce you to a really good website to watch cultural, scientific, motivational, and always … Continue reading

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The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan (next session 21st Apr)

This next session we repeat author in the Book Club with Amy Tan! The Joy Luck Club, read two years ago, was very successful among the members of the English … Continue reading

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Jo Nesbo (next session 17th March)

Next session will be a special one, as we are meeting the Norwegian author Jo Nesbo. Following this link, you will find a document with a lot of information about … Continue reading

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Minority Report: movie session (27th Feb)

How can a 30 pages story become a 2 hours and a half movie? How would precogs look like? How can Tom Cruise fit in Anderton’s own description of “bald … Continue reading

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Book presentation: Nein. A manifesto by Eric Jarosinski

Silvia, who always knows her way around books and authors, has heard about the presentation of a book with the author next Saturday at 19.30 at Llibreria Calders. The book … Continue reading

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Determinism vs. Free Will

A lot of science fiction novels and short stories deal with profound philosophical questions. Think about books such as 1984 by George Orwell or Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, … Continue reading

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Head transplant: science or fiction?

I have found an article related to Hanif Kureishi’s book we read last June, The Body. You can find it here: Head transplant carried out on monkey, claims maverick surgeon. … Continue reading

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HUMAN+. Exhibition

As I told you, there is an exhibition at CCCB (Centre de Cultura Comtemporània de Barcelona) that has something to do with the book we are reading this month. It … Continue reading

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Minority Report by Philip K. Dick (next session 18th Feb)

Will Philip K. Dick’s stories give us food for thought? Are they just science-fiction stories with nothing to analyze or are they meaty ones? The material for the book is … Continue reading

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Flemish tapestries in Spain

After Iñigo’s introduction to Flemish tapestries in Spain, I became interested in the topic and, researching online, I found this website: Flemish tapestries in Spain You can find information about … Continue reading

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