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camberwell book club

Note: The Camberwell book club no longer meets and is not accepting new members. Thanks to all of you who have come along!

A group of us meet about every three months for a book club in Camberwell, where we discuss the book with wine and nibbles. Leave a note if you're interested in getting involved. We have about 20 members and generally have 5-12 people each meeting.

Here are the books we read, starting with the most recent:

Cutting For Stone - Abraham Verghese
Master and Commander - Patrick O'Brian
The Carhullan Army - Sarah Hall
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
All Fall Down - Sally Nicholls
Pigeon English - Stephen Kelman
Hawksmoor - Peter Ackroyd
Cannery Row - John Steinbeck
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
Into the Storm - Taylor Anderson
Random Acts of Heroic Love - Danny Scheinmann
Vainglory - Geraldine McCaughrean
Alone in Berlin - Hans Falada
The End of Mr Y - Scarlett Thomas
The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney
Disgrace - J.M.Coetze
Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Bee Season - Myla Goldberg
The Worst Date Ever - Jane Bussmann
Tommy Glover's Sketch of Heaven - Jane Bailey
Small Island - Andrea Levy
Empress Orchid - Anchee Min
The Road Home - Rose Tremain
Boy A - Jonathan Tregill
To Say Nothing of the Dog - Connie Willis
Tuesday's War - David Fiddimore
The Ballad of Peckham Rye - Muriel Spark
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
The Pure in Heart - Susan Hill
The Bookseller of Kabul - Åsne Seierstad
Skellig - David Almond
The Interpretation of Murder - Jed Rubenfeld
The Secret River - Kate Grenville
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction - Sue Townsend
A Month in the Country - J.L. Carr
When We Were Orphans - Kazuo Ishiguro
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
American Pastoral - Philip Roth
Romanitas - Sophia McDougall
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
These is My Words: the diary of Sarah Agnes Pryne - Nancy Turner
Spring Snow - Yukio Mishima
The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Agnes Grey - Anne Bronte
The Women's Room - Marilyn French
Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
The Eyre Affair - Jasper Fforde
A Complicated Kindness - Miriam Toews
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
The Shipping News - Annie Proulx

The next meeting for the SW2 Readers will be on the 11th May from 19:30 onwards to discuss autobiographical comics.

"What do you think of autobiographies in graphic narrative format !?"   

Everyone is invited to bring an autobiographical graphic novel of their choice to the meeting. Our Cancer Year is a good example as is Maus. Although Maus and American Splendour has already been chosen. To avoid confusion  please post to [info]lambeth_comics of your choice of autobiographical graphic novel you wish to read and submit for review at the meeting.

Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Road
SW16 1PL                        
Printable Map

The Crystal Palace Children’s Book Festival is on from the 24th  to the 26th of April.

If you have any children in your family that like comics or drawing and painting or would just like a day out then you might be interested in taking them to the various events many of them hands on. Check link below...

'Games and Theory' in Peckham

 The 'Games and Theory' exhibition at the South London Gallery In Peckham is on untill the 7 September 2008. The exhibition is open Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00 - 18:00, gratis!

Marta Marcé, Flow 400, 2008

I was goiing to post about this some time back but I forgot all about it.

The Princes Foundation site says it's suitable for children between  0-5 years, 5-7 years, 7-11 years, 11-14 years, 14-16 years or 16+ years. So I guess that means chldren of all ages... hey that means me!

Or you, especially if you have any interest in games theory and how games work. Although I'm not sure how much math and science is applied in this exhibition/installation. However if you go along you might consider dropping a line here in review.

Printable map

cross posted to sarf_londoners 

Free Films in the Borough

The Roxy Bar and Screen is showing free movies every second Monday of the month under the new Seccond Run season's scrreenings. 


Blissfully Yours by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (above) is on this Monday the 11 August.
A film about sexuality & politics. Earn your brownie points - take your partner.

The Roxy Bar and Screen, 128/132 Bororugh High Street, SE1 1LB

It's just down the road from London Bridge and a short bus ride from the Elephant.
Buses:  21, 35, 40, 133, 343, C10.

BFI's Comic-Book Movies Season

I know it's late for this but I lost  my notes and everything since  has been catch-up.

BFI's Comic-Book Movies
The British Film Institute has this silly little film season which is supposed to be based on a superhero comic themes from the 27 July to the 31 of August.

If you are quick you can still book some of the films. There's everything from films based on the comics Akira to Persepolis to The Incredible Hulk to Ghost World to Wanted 

There are also many of Hollywood's recent superhero offerings so there's something for everyone.

BFI 'Comic-Book' Film List

Cross posted to lambeth_comicskruku


Reading: 'The Preacher'

This is a bit cheeky but since we're nieghbours I thought this might be within your community's area of interest ...

The Streatham Library Readers Group(catchy title, don't you think?) will be reading and discussing Ennis/Dillons's 'the 'Preacher' starting with 'Gone to Texas'. Copies have been put aside for anyone in the reading group to pick up & bone up on before we all meet up. To qualify as a member of the reading group you have to join the library & have a London address.  A work address will do.

Any reader group member can suggest any graphic novel to be read/reviewed but we'll be doing the 'Preacher' for now.

We'll be meeting up on the 11 June at Streatham Library, UK. For further details click on the link

Streatham Library is in the SW2 area of London, UK. So anyone in London is welcome although it's probably only easily accessible to residents of Lambeth and the surrounding boroughs. But if it's on your commuting route it could be an interesting diversion.

For said commuters Streatham has three rail stations; Streatham Common; Streatham; Streatham Hill. Streatham Lbrary is between Streatham & Streatham Hill stations. For more a better idea of the location check the map via the link above.

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Charity Arts Evening

The challenge: To create a piece of artwork in an evening, which will then be displayed and auctioned to raise funds for asha, a Delhi-based slum development charity. Materials provided free, along with wine and refreshments.
(Come along with me, it sounds like a lot of fun!)
Date: 17th November 2006
Time: 7.00pm
Location: St. John’s Hall, Springall Street, SE15
Asha evening website info

...and here are some photos!

Oct. 9th, 2006

Hi! Here's the first post... Register to join, and we can swap tips about interesting events, exhibitions, books, films, other things to do in London.

Just to start off, I'm part of a book club that's next meeting in Camberwell at 2:30 on Sun, 19 Nov, to discuss Kazuo Ishiguro's When We Were Orphans

Another thing, Beth and I were talking today about going to see Full Circle, a play that's part of the South Africa Theatre Season at the Oval House Theatre.
Beth, I can't do weekends just now, should we try Tues, 7 Nov? Let me know...