The Book Club has been around for years. As with other IMFFA activities, the Club is open to all members, but it has traditionally attracted only female participation. However, in recent years some gentlemen have joined the Club and we hope this trend will continue. We usually meet on the last Thursday of each month at a member’s home or at a local café.
As I took charge of the Club a couple of years ago, the format of the discussions has continued to be informal. We choose the books by voting among those proposed. Subjects are wide-ranging. As we cover a diversity of themes the conversations are always interesting. You learn about subjects that you may have never found out about if you were reading on your own.
The meetings are fun, engaging and entertaining. There is a core group of members that attend regularly with newcomers providing an additional dynamism to the discussion. We express ourselves freely so opinions differ. At times this turns discussions into challenging dialogues, but humor is never absent to ease our perspectives. It is very satisfying to see how newcomers fit well into the Club right away.
The Club is an excellent place to improve one’s language skills; this is particularly true for those of us who are not native English speakers. We have had many join with halting English language skills that have quickly become more proficient in both reading and speaking English.
The sad part of the Book Club is the same affecting other groups and the institution itself: people come and people go. Some stay longer and others join for just a couple of years. But we know this is a fact of life and we are glad for the time we have together and hoping to see each other somewhere sometime again.
P.S: The picture doesn’t represent the books read by the club but the editor ‘s private library!