Ok, everyone? This just got serious. Even the paper of record says so! We am posterity. Many thanks to one of our own (@RosemaryMacCabe) for including us in her piece in today’s paper. It’s a great read on Social Meedja and the exciting things a happenin’ in the blogosphere both online and offline in Ireland right now. We at @DublinTwookClub are more than a little thrilled at the idea that some of you have just stumbled upon our wee club over your cornflakes this morning and would like to extend a welcome to you, and ask you to feel free to grab a copy of Maus (see below!) and be ready to partake in our online discussion of the book on 25th August. If you have any suggestions/questions/queries just drop us a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s a pleasure to have you here!
Once again, the polls are closed, the votes are in… we have a weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeener. It’s Maus!
I think it’s a great choice… it was first mentioned at the first meeting and I think it’s going to challenge us to discuss/take in a different type of read to what 90% of us would be used to. Sure isn’t that the beauty of it all?!
Once more, it will take place on August the 25th at 7.30pm, at the usual venue of 119 Upper Leeson St.
Again, it’s important to emphasise (as we did last month) that although we can only house 15 people at the first actual meeting, the whole point of a Twitter-based book club is that people will be able to join in from wherever they are anywhere in the world, via the medium of the liveblog that Gav will once again be taking command of on the night, and – naturally – over Twitter where we’ll be using the #twookclub hashtag, and where you can direct your Tweets to @DublinTwookClub. We’ll be harping on about that a lot in the next few weeks though so don’t worry about taking all that in for now. Prioritise getting your hands on the book and getting stuck in!
I’ve been cheating slightly myself as I picked up a copy of the book after the last meeting suspecting it may make the cut for meeting #2. It did! Don’t I feel smug! There was so fiddling of the poll though. I swear 🙂
Happy reading folks!
ps. Have an idea for the next meeting too… that each attendee could bring a piece/quote/line/address from a book that touched them. Be it humour, romance, tales of distress or moments of enlightenment, all can share a moment in literature that meant something to them… for whatever reason. I look forward to the diversity of what the group throws up. I suspect it will help everyone get an idea where contributers are coming from, from a personal perspective point of view. Get thinking on it!
pps. Do send this post the way of your friends so they can partake 🙂
I’m thrilled to finally announce – doesn’t it seem like ages since the first one? – that the second meeting of Dublin Twook Club will take place on August the 25th at 7.30pm, at the usual venue of 119 Upper Leeson St.
Voting is now open for the second book to be read – just choose your preferred option from the ones listed below. To give everyone a chance of reading the book, voting will stay open until Friday at noon only.
Sign-up is by the usual method – just leave your name and Twitter handle (if you have one!) as a comment to this post. Going on the experience from the first meeting, we can accommodate the first dozen people to sign up in the gaff, so don’t hesitate to just pop your name down. As usual, cancellations are first-come first-served, so even if it’s full, put your name in anyway.
After a few days of respite following a fairly successful first-ever Dublin Twook Club, we’re back with a bang and already looking forward to our next book and meeting, for the month of August.
First and foremost, I definitely welcome feedback from anyone; whether you were in the room at the meeting, participating on the Liveblog on the night, or indeed if you’ve just stumbled across us now and have anything to add/suggest or you want to participate in our little endeavour.
Secondly, looking forward to the next meeting (date TBC), we’re looking for suggestions for our next book to choose. Those present on the night suggested that we might go for something quite different and off-the-wall, to challenge everyone and resist as much as possible the idea of slipping into any reader’s comfort zone. So what do you suggest? Please feel free to leave comments or Tweet us (@dublintwookclub, as always!). If you’re leaving a comment below, please leave your Twitter username if it’s different to your own name, to help other people find you. Remember, anyone is welcome – you don’t need to have been at the first meeting, or know anyone else in the the group, or indeed have ever participated in a book club to join in.
Looking forward to your responses!
PS – What do we think about doing more bits with the blog here; for example, allowing people to submit book reviews if they want to, discussing new releases, or making it a more up-to-date account of what’s going on in the literary world?
The polls are closed, the votes are in… your new Taoiseach is… wait, that’s the wrong speech. Sorry, let me start again!
First of all, thanks a million to the 38 of you who had your tuppence worth and voted in the poll to decide DTC’s first book; in the end, somewhat inevitably, we had a tie – with ‘The Secret Scripture’ by Sebastian Barry and ‘The Angel’s Game’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon both scoring ten votes. So what do you do in these cares? You toss a coin. Sebastian Barry was heads, Ruiz Zafon was tails, and heads came up trumps – so Sebastian Barry’s ‘The Secret Scripture’ will be the first book up for discussion at Dublin Twook Club #1 on the 21st of July.
This gives you three weeks from tomorrow to get through the book – the image on the right is the currently-in-production main cover of the book (there was an earlier one but without so if you’re going out buying it, this is what you should be looking for. You can click here to get hold of it on Amazon too.
It’s important to remember that although we can only house 15 people at the first actual meeting, the whole point of a Twitter-based book club is that people will be able to join in from wherever they are anywhere in the world, via the medium of the liveblog that Gav will be taking command of on the night, and – naturally – over Twitter where we’ll be using the #twookclub hashtag, and where you can direct your Tweets to @DublinTwookClub. More of that, though, in the coming days and weeks.
So – Sebastian Barry’s The Secret Scripture in 22 days. Sound fun? Get reading!