Virtual Book Group — May 10 — 1 pm on Google Meet —

In May we will discuss Chess Story by Stephan Zweig.  The meeting will be on Google Meets at 1 pm, May 10. This is the second Tuesday of the month, as usual. To receive the meeting ID, please email tonilin@aol.com.

The list of books to be read and discussed by the BAIN Downtown Book Group for the remainder of 2022 appears below. Hope to see you there.

May 2022 – Chess Story – Stephan Zweig – 104 pp – released in 2005 – Chess Story, also known as The Royal Game, is the Austrian master Stefan Zweig’s final achievement, completed in Brazilian exile and sent off to his American publisher only days before his suicide in 1942. It is the only story in which Zweig looks at Nazism, and he does so with characteristic emphasis on the psychological.      Travelers by ship from New York to Buenos Aires find that on board with them is the world champion of chess, an arrogant and unfriendly man …

June 2022 — No Time to Spare – Ursula Leguin – Jennifer – 240 pagesAn Amazon Best Book of December 2017: Ursula K. Le Guin is comfortable with her age. Or at least she’s comfortable with the fact that it’s not a completely comfortable arrangement. In the opener to this collection of personal essays, Le Guin notes that, now that she’s in her eighties, all her time is occupied by the activities of life—she has no spare time and no time to spare. Le Guin is a thoughtful and careful writer, and so her opinions are thoughtfully and carefully organized. She knows what she thinks, and she writes so well that you’ll want to return to these candid essays—the product of a blog she started when she was 81 years old—like returning to an older, wiser friend. —Chris Schluep, The Amazon Book Review

July 2022 — The Museum of Modern Love – 304 pp — 2018 —  An Amazon Best Book of December 2018: In any other hands, this novel centered around performance artist Marina Abramovic’s famous 2010 MoMA exhibit titled The Artist Is Present might not have worked. But Heather Rose’s poetic language, at once both accessible and heart-searing, is also a work of art. Movie composer Arky Levin is depressed and isolated from the family he’s known for 24 years after being written out of his wife’s legal wishes when she falls into a coma. He should be working on music for a new animated movie, but instead he finds himself sitting on the sidelines watching Marina’s silent performance every day, and over time, he is completely changed by the experience. This is a captivating story on the improbability of life, the power of art to transform our pain, a meditation on the fluidity of time, and the ruse of human separation. –Marlene Kelly

August 2022 — The Spectator Bird – Wallace Stegner – 224 pp —  2017This tour-de-force of American literature and a winner of the National Book Award is a profound, intimate, affecting novel from one of the most esteemed literary minds of the last century and a beloved chronicler of the West.  “A fabulously written account of regret, memory and the subtleties and challenges of a long successful marriage. Stegner deals with the dual threads of the novel with aplomb…. A thoughtful, crystalline book.” —Matthew Spencer, The Guardian

September 2022 — How Beautiful We Were – 284 pp – 2021 — A fearless young woman from a small African village starts a revolution against an American oil company in this sweeping, inspiring novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Behold the Dreamers.

ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, People  ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, The Christian Science Monitor, Marie ClaireMs. magazine, BookPage, Kirkus Reviews

October 2022 — Migrations – 228 pp – 2021An Amazon Best Book of August 2020: Clear your calendar and settle in for a brilliant and breathless read. Migrations is about a woman who goes to the ends of the earth in search of herself and to track what just might be the last migration of Arctic terns, birds that travel from pole to pole every year. It’s also about love, adventure, climate change, and what happens when a person simultaneously runs away from her past and runs straight towards it. Migrations gets richer with every scene as you learn more about Franny Stone—why she boards a boat full of fishermen, why birds call to her, how she fell in love with her husband, and how death stalks her at every turn. From Antarctica to a prison in Ireland, Australia to Galway, Franny traverses the world and with every turn of the page, you learn more about why she’s always on the move. The novel’s pacing is phenomenal—and the candor, veracity, and clarity with which it’s written make it feel like a memoir. Migrations is confessional, intimate and one of the best books I’ve read this year. —Al Woodworth, Amazon Book Review

November 2022 – The Post Office Girl – Stefan Zweig —  2008 – 278 pp — Never before published in English, this extraordinary book is an unexpected and haunting foray into noir fiction by one of the masters of the psychological novel.

December 2022Captains of the Sands – Jorge Amado – 288 pp – 2013 — A Brazilian Lord of the Flies, about a group of boys who live by their wits and daring in the slums of Bahia.  “Amado was writing to save his country’s soul. . . . The scenes where the captains of the sands manage to fool the rich of the city and get away with it would have made Henry Fielding or Charles Dickens proud.” —Colm Tóibín, from the Introduction
“Amado is Brazil’s most illustrious and venerable novelist.”—The New York Times

“Brazil’s leading man of letters . . .  Amado is adored around the world!” —Newsweek

Virtual Book Group — March 8 — 1 pm — Google Meet

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In March we will discuss How to Grow Old, Ancient Wisdom for the Second Half of Life.  The meeting will be on Google Meets at 1 pm, March 8. This is the second Tuesday of the month, as usual. To receive the meeting ID, please email tonilin@aol.com.

The list of books to be read and discussed by the BAIN Downtown Book Group for the remainder of 2022 appears below. Hope to see you there.

March 2022 — How to Grow Old – Jim Isaacs – Cicero – 216 pp – pub 2016 — Filled with timeless wisdom and practical guidance, Cicero’s brief, charming classic―written in 44 BC and originally titled On Old Age―has delighted and inspired readers, from Saint Augustine to Thomas Jefferson, for more than two thousand years. Presented here in a lively new translation with an informative new introduction and the original Latin on facing pages, the book directly addresses the greatest fears of growing older and persuasively argues why these worries are greatly exaggerated―or altogether mistaken.

April 2022 — Hamnet – 320 pp – 2021 – Maggie O’Farrell — “O’Farrell has a melodic relationship to language. There is a poetic cadence to her writing and a lushness in her descriptions of the natural world. . . . We can smell the tang of the various new leathers in the glover’s workshop, the fragrance of the apples racked a finger-width apart in the winter storage shed. . . . As the book unfolds, it brings its story to a tender and ultimately hopeful conclusion: that even the greatest grief, the most damaged marriage, and most shattered heart might find some solace, some healing.” —Geraldine Brooks, the New York Times Book Review

May 2022 – Chess Story – Roberto – Stephan Zweig – 104 pp – released in 2005 — Chess Story, also known as The Royal Game, is the Austrian master Stefan Zweig’s final achievement, completed in Brazilian exile and sent off to his American publisher only days before his suicide in 1942. It is the only story in which Zweig looks at Nazism, and he does so with characteristic emphasis on the psychological.      Travelers by ship from New York to Buenos Aires find that on board with them is the world champion of chess, an arrogant and unfriendly man …

June 2022 — No Time to Spare – Ursula Leguin – Jennifer – 240 pagesAn Amazon Best Book of December 2017: Ursula K. Le Guin is comfortable with her age. Or at least she’s comfortable with the fact that it’s not a completely comfortable arrangement. In the opener to this collection of personal essays, Le Guin notes that, now that she’s in her eighties, all her time is occupied by the activities of life—she has no spare time and no time to spare. Le Guin is a thoughtful and careful writer, and so her opinions are thoughtfully and carefully organized. She knows what she thinks, and she writes so well that you’ll want to return to these candid essays—the product of a blog she started when she was 81 years old—like returning to an older, wiser friend. —Chris Schluep, The Amazon Book Review

July 2022 — The Museum of Modern Love – Lila – 304 pp — 2018 —  An Amazon Best Book of December 2018: In any other hands, this novel centered around performance artist Marina Abramovic’s famous 2010 MoMA exhibit titled The Artist Is Present might not have worked. But Heather Rose’s poetic language, at once both accessible and heart-searing, is also a work of art. Movie composer Arky Levin is depressed and isolated from the family he’s known for 24 years after being written out of his wife’s legal wishes when she falls into a coma. He should be working on music for a new animated movie, but instead he finds himself sitting on the sidelines watching Marina’s silent performance every day, and over time, he is completely changed by the experience. This is a captivating story on the improbability of life, the power of art to transform our pain, a meditation on the fluidity of time, and the ruse of human separation. –Marlene Kelly

August 2022 — The Spectator Bird – Wallace Stegner – 224 pp —  2017This tour-de-force of American literature and a winner of the National Book Award is a profound, intimate, affecting novel from one of the most esteemed literary minds of the last century and a beloved chronicler of the West.  “A fabulously written account of regret, memory and the subtleties and challenges of a long successful marriage. Stegner deals with the dual threads of the novel with aplomb…. A thoughtful, crystalline book.” —Matthew Spencer, The Guardian

September 2022 — How Beautiful We Were – Penny – 284 pp – 2021 — A fearless young woman from a small African village starts a revolution against an American oil company in this sweeping, inspiring novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Behold the Dreamers.

ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, People  ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, The Christian Science Monitor, Marie ClaireMs. magazine, BookPage, Kirkus Reviews

October 2022 — Migrations – 228 pp – Jennifer – 2021An Amazon Best Book of August 2020: Clear your calendar and settle in for a brilliant and breathless read. Migrations is about a woman who goes to the ends of the earth in search of herself and to track what just might be the last migration of Arctic terns, birds that travel from pole to pole every year. It’s also about love, adventure, climate change, and what happens when a person simultaneously runs away from her past and runs straight towards it. Migrations gets richer with every scene as you learn more about Franny Stone—why she boards a boat full of fishermen, why birds call to her, how she fell in love with her husband, and how death stalks her at every turn. From Antarctica to a prison in Ireland, Australia to Galway, Franny traverses the world and with every turn of the page, you learn more about why she’s always on the move. The novel’s pacing is phenomenal—and the candor, veracity, and clarity with which it’s written make it feel like a memoir. Migrations is confessional, intimate and one of the best books I’ve read this year. —Al Woodworth, Amazon Book Review

November 2022 – The Post Office Girl – Stefan Zweig – Jennifer —  2008 – 278 pp — Never before published in English, this extraordinary book is an unexpected and haunting foray into noir fiction by one of the masters of the psychological novel.

December 2022Captains of the Sands – Jorge Amado – 288 pp – 2013 — A Brazilian Lord of the Flies, about a group of boys who live by their wits and daring in the slums of Bahia.  “Amado was writing to save his country’s soul. . . . The scenes where the captains of the sands manage to fool the rich of the city and get away with it would have made Henry Fielding or Charles Dickens proud.” —Colm Tóibín, from the Introduction
“Amado is Brazil’s most illustrious and venerable novelist.”—The New York Times

“Brazil’s leading man of letters . . .  Amado is adored around the world!” —Newsweek

Virtual Book Group — Tuesday, August 10 at 1 pm on Google Meets

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In August we will discuss Train Dreams by Denis Johnson.  The meeting will be on Google Meets at 1 pm, August 10. This is the second Tuesday of the month, as usual. To receive the meeting ID, please email tonilin@aol.com.

The list of books to be read and discussed by the BAIN Downtown Book Group for the remainder of 2021 appears below. Hope to see you there.

September Shuggie Bain Douglas Stuart 384 pages, 2020
October The Dutch House Anne Patchett 352 pages, 2019
November Margaret the First  Danielle Dutton 160 pages, 2016
December One True Thing  Anna Quindlen 289 pages, 1994
January A Pale View of Hills Kazuo Ishiguro 192 pages, 1982
February Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road Kate Harris – non-fiction 320 pp, 2019

BAIN DT Monthly Zoom Social — Talk about the Movie — Saturday, July 24, 5 pm

 

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Event:  Zoom Meeting – Not Quite End of the Month Social

Presentation:  Talk about Mi Obra Maestra

Time:  Saturday, July 24, 5 pm BA time

Zoom:  email tonilin@aol.com for Zoom meeting info, or join the BAIN DT Zoom room as you have in the past

After you watch Mi Obra Maestra, let’s talk about it!  Find it on Netflix.  It has English subtitles.  You’ll enjoy the story and the Argentine slant.  We’ll also compare titles of other Argentine movies we might want to talk about together.  So bring your favorite titles.

 

BAIN DT Monthly Zoom Social — Saturday, June 26, 5 pm

 

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Monthly Zoom Meeting

Event:  Zoom Meeting – End of the Month Social

Presentation:  Catch Up

Time:  Saturday, June 26, 5 pm BA time

Zoom:  email tonilin@aol.com for Zoom meeting info, or join the BAIN DT Zoom room as you have in the past

Join us for a Catch Up.  Sorry about the last minute notice.  If you can be at the Zoom meeting, it would be so good to see you.  Share what you’ve been doing, plans you have, things you have watched, things you have read, things you plan to read. 

Come with an idea for our next month’s social.  Please!!!

Kahoot!! BAIN DT Monthly Zoom Social — Saturday, May 29, 5 pm

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Event:  Zoom Meeting – End of the Month Social

Presentation:  Kahoot! Quiz

Time:  Saturday, May 29, 5 pm BA time

What?   It’s not really hard at all — patience!!  You will be glad!!

A BAIN Downtown fun and interactive on-line quiz, hosted by Stephen & Philip (from UK and based in SoHo) as the quiz masters.  It will last 30-40 minutes with additional time for getting up and running on the game.

Before starting you must have access to a SMART cell phone or tablet and a lap top/notebook/MacBook.  Both need to have an active internet connection.  Explanation below.

The quiz will be a mixture of questions — general knowledge, current affairs, history, music, films and sports. And the answers be multiple choice, one word typed answers, or true/false. We will have a couple of sample questions at the beginning, to help us all get on board.

When?

Saturday, 29 May, at 5 pm Argentine time. Use the usual zoom link and password or email tonilin@aol.com and she will send them to you.

How?

The key thing to remember is that for this quiz, the quiz questions appear on your lap top/tablet and then you will enter your answers on a separate phone/ device.

To get started — first download and activate the free “Kahoot !” application on your phone/tablet (use either App Store for Apple or Google Play for Android devices). Please take a little time to do this a day or so before the meeting, so you have the time to deal with any technical glitches. Each person playing will need to download the Kahoot app onto their device. The app will ask you a few basic questions and ask you to create a username nickname – be creative!

Toni will be starting the BAIN zoom video conference in the normal way and you will then see the quiz questions appear as part of the BAIN zoom meeting, in exactly the normal way and then the BAIN May 2021 Quiz fun begins J

Questions – Feel free to contact Stephen on stephen_meechan_uk@hotmail.com 

BAIN DT Monthly Zoom Social — Saturday, April 24, 5 pm

 

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Monthly Zoom Meeting

Event:  Zoom Meeting – End of the Month Social

Presentation:  Catch Up

Time:  Saturday, April 24, 5 pm BA time

Zoom:  email tonilin@aol.com for Zoom meeting info, or join the BAIN DT Zoom room as you have in the past

Join us for a Catch Up.  Sorry about the last minute notice.  If you can be at the Zoom meeting, it would be so good to see you.  Share what you’ve been doing, plans you have, things you have watched, things you have read, things you plan to read. 

Next month we will have a game to play together put together by BAIN members, so be sure to hold May 29 free for that.

November Book Group

Hello Fellow Book Lovers,

We have moved the book group meeting to the second Tuesday of the month for November and December.  We will meet on November 10 at 3:30 pm in the Manhattan Club Grand Cafe.

This month we are reading Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar.  This book can be read sequentially or by using hopscotch.  My understanding is that one should read it first sequentially and then by following the “instructions” in the beginning of the book.

As organizers, we realize that this book selection is longer than our normal selections but we hope that you will attempt to read a portion of it prior to the book club.  We also will pay more attention to book length in the future.

Details of the meeting and summaries of the November and December selections are below.  As always, please send any suggestions for books to Jennifer Corrou at jendan@gmail.com.

November Book Club

Date:  November 10, 2015

Time:  3:30pm

Place:  Manhattan Club Grand Cafe

Address:  Cabildo 1792 (corner of La Pampa)

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Hopscotch: A Novel by Julio Cortazar

Horacio Oliveira is an Argentinian writer who lives in Paris with his mistress, La Maga, surrounded by a loose-knit circle of bohemian friends who call themselves “the Club.” A child’s death and La Maga’s disappearance put an end to his life of empty pleasures and intellectual acrobatics, and prompt Oliveira to return to Buenos Aires, where he works by turns as a salesman, a keeper of a circus cat which can truly count, and an attendant in an insane asylum. Hopscotch is the dazzling, freewheeling account of Oliveira’s astonishing adventures.

DECEMBER (December 14, 2015)

My Struggle: Book by Karl Ove Knausgaard  (Author), Don Bartlett (Translator)

My Struggle: Book One introduces American readers to the audacious, addictive, and profoundly surprising international literary sensation that is the provocative and brilliant six-volume autobiographical novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard. It has already been anointed a Proustian masterpiece and is the rare work of dazzling literary originality that is intensely, irresistibly readable. Unafraid of the big issues–death, love, art, fear–and yet committed to the intimate details of life as it is lived, My Struggle is an essential work of contemporary literature.

Ladies’ Night Out — Thursday, June 11

This month we will enjoy an amazing blend of elegance and tradition at thelobby lounge of the Park Tower (the Luxury Collection Hotel attached to the Sheraton in Retiro).

Place: Park Tower, Av. Leandro N. Alem 1193
Date: Thursday, June 11th
Time: 6:30 pm
Deal: 210 pesos includes a picada, wine and champagne.

Please RSVP to silporta@hotmail.com

REMINDER – Get your tickets for the Fall Fling! Thursday, March 27, 6 p.m.

Additional contact information at end of message!

FALL FLING!

Date: Thursday, March 27
Time: 6.00 to 10.00 p.m.
Venue: Pur Sang in Recoleta, Quintana 191 (corner Montevideo)

 

 

Dress code? Anywhere from cocktail to casual!

Cost: Members – AR$150
Non-Members – AR$250*
*Guests who join at this event will pay the AR$150 member cost. Cost of membership is AR$250

TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE
(see any Board member at any BAIN event;more contact information below)

Join us for BAIN Downtown’s newest event of the year

Fall Fling will be reminiscent of the NovemberEnd of Year Party, but on a slightly smaller scale.
Enjoy sweet and savory appetizers, juices and soft drinks, red and white wine, and champagne.
Saxophone, guitar and vocals performed throughout the evening by Fabián Giuri

For more information or to purchase your tickets, come to any BAIN Downtown event, contact a BAIN Downtown Board Member:
Toni at tonilin@aol.com
Bonnie at bonniekraft@yahoo.com
Silvia at silporta@hotmail.com
Solange at shmecham25@gmail.com
Raisa at raisa.rautala@formin.fi
or send a note to bain.downtown@gmail.com