July Book Group Meeting — July 13, 2 pm, Zoom

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I​n July we will be discussing The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro. The meeting will be held at 2 pm on Monday, July 13 on Zoom.

Please RSVP from the account you want to use for the meeting to tonilin@aol.com and you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.  If you are new to Zoom, email tonilin@aol.com to arrange a test run.

The list of books to be discussed for the remainder of 2020 is below.  As always, we will meet the second Monday of each month at 2 pm.  Watch for changes here on the website and also in your email.  Comments are always welcome.

The Beautiful and Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald 218 1922 August
Fruit of the Drunken Tree Ingrid Rojas Contreras 304 2018 September
What I Loved Siri Hustvedt 386 2004 October
Shining New Testament Cliff Williamson 600 202x November
Aunt Julia and the Script Writer Mario Vargas Llhosa 388 2011 December
Disappearing Earth  Julia Phillips 262 2019 January
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong 256 2019 February

Information from Final Tramites Zoom Meeting, May 15, 2020

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Have questions about the laws and protocols of getting your affairs in order here in Argentina?  Want to know more about end of life issues in Buenos Aires?

On May 15, on Zoom, BAIN member Helen Wilkie facilitated a 3-part presentation. Family lawyer Laura Falabella and her partner Alejandro Breit presented Argentine succession and testamentary requirements, Helen Wilkie presented a summary of funeral information, and Cliff Williamson talked about transportation of goods and remains.  A question-and-answer period followed.

As a reference for attendees and those who want resources to learn more, see below video of the Final Tramites Zoom session, and (below that) links to pdfs the participants provided.

June Book Group — Monday, June 8 at 2 pm on Zoom

I​n June we will be discussing Fleishman is in Trouble, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. The meeting will be held at 2 pm on Monday, June 8 on Zoom.

Please RSVP from the account you want to use for the meeting to tonilin@aol.com and you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.  If you are new to Zoom, email tonilin@aol.com to arrange a test run.

The list of books to be discussed for the remainder of 2020 is below.  As always, we will meet the second Monday of each month at 2 pm.  Watch for changes here on the website and also in your email.  Comments are always welcome.

Fleishman Is in Trouble Taffy Brodesser-Akner 376 2019 June
The Muralist B. A. Shapir 369 2015 July
The Beautiful and Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald 218 1922 August
Fruit of the Drunken Tree Ingrid Rojas Contreras 304 2018 September
What I Loved Siri Hustvedt 386 2004 October
Shining New Testament Cliff Williamson 600 202x November
Aunt Julia and the Script Writer Mario Vargas Llhosa 388 2011 December
Disappearing Earth  Julia Phillips 262 2019 January
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong 256 2019 February

Virtual Tour of Centro Cultural Kirchner — Saturday, May 2, 6 pm

Centro Cultural Kirchner
An Example of Republican Monumental Architecture in Argentina

BAIN member Ezequiel Cerioni invites you to join an online tour to discover one of the most beautiful buildings in the City of Buenos Aires. Learn about the history of the building and see the changes it has gone through.

Presentation mode: The presentation will be given via Skype where the participants will be asked to keep their microphones off during the presentation. Questions can be written in the chat section of Skype and they will be read and answered at the end of the presentation by the speaker, orally .

Payment can be done via a) Bank Transfer (the speaker will give you the bank information for the transfer upon sign up) or b) Mercado Pago (you will receive a Mercado Pago link to make the payment using your credit card information).

Cancellation policy: no refunds will apply after signing up and paying so make sure you can make it before signing up . No exceptions, please. In the event that you miss the presentation for any reason (including technical problems on your end) the speaker will be happy to share with you a video of the presentation.

date: Saturday, 2nd of May, 2020

time: 06 p.m. Buenos Aires time

cost: 500 pesos

payment: bank transfer or Mercado Pago

type of course: online presentation via Skype

duration: 90 minutes

language: English

information/sign up: please contact ezequielcerioni@gmail.com

May Book Group — Monday, May 11 on Zoom — 2 pm

I​n May we will be discussing Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. The meeting will be held at 2 pm on May 11 on Zoom.

Please RSVP from the account you want to use for the meeting to tonilin@aol.com and you will receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.  If you are new to Zoom, email tonilin@aol.com to arrange a test run.

The list of books to be discussed for the remainder of 2020 is somewhat in flux because of the current health situation, but the tentative list follows.  As always, we will meet the second Monday of each month at 2 pm.  Watch for changes here on the website and also in your email.  Comments are always welcome.

We missed the discussion of Sapiens that many of you were looking forward to.  Depending on how the Zoom meeting is received, we may want to schedule a meeting to discuss it.  Let tonilin@aol.com know how  you feel about it.

Next Year in Havana —  After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity–and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution… Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage.

Fleishman Is in Trouble Taffy Brodesser-Akner 376 2019 June
The Muralist B. A. Shapir 369 2015 July
The Beautiful and Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald 218 1922 August
Fruit of the Drunken Tree Ingrid Rojas Contreras 304 2018 September
What I Loved Siri Hustvedt 386 2004 October
Shining New Testament Cliff Williamson November
Aunt Julia and the Script Writer Mario Vargas Llhosa 388 2011 December
Disappearing Earth  Julia Phillips 262 2019 January
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong 256 2019 February

April Book Group Meeting on Zoom — April 13, Monday, 2 pm

Ready to discuss a book?  This time a book written by a BAIN member!!  I​n April we will be discussing Hand Me The River, by Cynthia Mitchell.  Cynthia has agreed to be with us for this virtual meeting!  It will be held at 2 pm on April ​13 on Zoom.  The book is only available (electronically) at Amazon.com and is very affordable.  

Please RSVP from the account you want to use for the meeting to tonilin@aol.com and you will be put on the list to receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.  If you are new to Zoom, email tonilin@aol.com to arrange a test run.

The list of books to be discussed for the remainder of 2020 is somewhat in flux because of the current health situation, but the tentative list follows.  As always, we will meet the second Monday of each month at 2 pm.  Watch for changes here on the website and also in your email.  Comments are always welcome.

We missed the discussion of Sapiens that many of you were looking forward to.  Depending on how the Zoom meeting is received, we may want to schedule a meeting to discuss it.  Let tonilin@aol.com know how  you feel about it.

Title Author Pages Publication Month
Next Year in Havana Chanel Cleeton 394 2018 May
Fleishman Is in Trouble Taffy Brodesser-Akner 376 2019 June
The Muralist B. A. Shapir 369 2015 July
The Beautiful and Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald 218 1922 August
Fruit of the Drunken Tree Ingrid Rojas Contreras 304 2018 September
What I Loved Siri Hustvedt 386 2004 October
Aunt Julia and the Script Writer Mario Vargas Llhosa 388 2011 November
Disappearing Earth  Julia Phillips 262 2019 December
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong 256 2019 Jan-21

Temporary Suspension of Transportation

Published recently by the Minister of Transportation of Argentina.  Below is the link to Mario Meoni’s announcement.  Also below is the gist of the communication in English.

Highlights:  Starting at midnight on March 19th, all domestic planes, long distance trains and buses are suspended completely until midnight March 25.  This is to prevent people who are not taking the health crisis seriously from travelling during the long weekend (March 23 and 24 are holidays in Argentina). They will also be checking roads. The government wants people to understand that they have to stay indoors and are not on vacation. Normal buses and trains will take only seated people, no passengers will be allowed to stand.

Link to official video  https://youtu.be/RRhYTCDQc90

Monthly Social — Recoleta Grand Hotel — Friday, March 27 — 6 – 8 pm

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The March Social will be held at the Recoleta Grand Hotel, Las Heras 1745.  Please join us on Friday, March 27 from 6 to 8 pm.  Meet the many new members and greet those who are back in town.

At the social, BAIN Downtown members will pay an entrance of 300 pesos. The guest fee is 500 pesos.  Light appetizers will be provided, and members and guests can purchase drinks with a 2 for 1 special BAIN Downtown offer.

Please send your RSVP to tonilin@aol.com.

Location: Recoleta Grand Hotel, Las Heras 1745, CABA

Fees:      BAIN Downtown members – 300 pesos         Guests – 500 pesos*

*If you join BAIN Downtown at the meeting, your guest fee is waived. The fee to join BAIN for one year’s membership is currently 1000 pesos.

P.S.  Two more things.  The photo contest and the BAIN Survey!!  Please give us your input.  baindowntown@gmail.com.

Monthly Social — Recoleta Grand Hotel — 6 pm — Friday, February 28, 2020

The second BAIN DT social of 2020 will be held at the Recoleta Grand Hotel, Las Heras 1745.  Please join us on Friday, February 28 from 6 to 8 pm.  Meet the many new members and greet those who are back in town.

At the social, BAIN Downtown members will pay an entrance of 300 pesos. The guest fee is 500 pesos.  Light appetizers will be provided, and members and guests can purchase drinks with a 2 for 1 special BAIN Downtown offer.

Please send your RSVP to tonilin@aol.com.

Location: Recoleta Grand Hotel, Las Heras 1745, CABA

Fees:      BAIN Downtown members – 300 pesos         Guests – 500 pesos*

*If you join BAIN Downtown at the meeting, your guest fee is waived. The fee to join BAIN for one year’s membership is currently 1000 pesos.

March Book Group — Monday, March 16 — 2 pm — Recoleta

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This month the BAIN Book Group meets on Monday, March 16.  We usually meet on the second Monday of each month — but not this March!  At the March meeting we will be discussing Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.​  RSVP to jimvillage@icloud.com for the location of the March meeting.​

I​n April we will be discussing Hand Me The River, by BAIN DT member Cynthia Mitchell.  Cynthia has agreed to be with us for the meeting!  It will be held at 2 pm on April ​13.  

Votes for books to be read over the rest of 2020 have been tallied.  Email tonilin@aol.com to get a copy of the tentative schedule and titles.

Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari. 2018, 443 pages.  “Sapiens tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language.” (Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World until Yesterday)

“Sapiens is learned, thought-provoking and crisply written…. Fascinating.” (Wall Street Journal)

“In Sapiens, Harari delves deep into our history as a species to help us understand who we are and what made us this way. An engrossing read.” (Dan Ariely, New York Times Bestselling author of Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty)

“Yuval Noah Harari’s celebrated Sapiens does for human evolution what Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time did for physics.… He does a superb job of outlining our slow emergence and eventual domination of the planet.” (Forbes)