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

February 15 — Wine & Tapas

SAM_1414The monthly Wine & Tapas get together is a chance for newcomers, old hands and new, to come together to visit and catch up.

Bring wine and finger food to share. We meet this month in Palermo at 8 pm on Saturday, February 15.

Socialize, have a bite, have a sip, have fun.

RSVP to LTalluto@gmail.com to get exact location. Looking forward to seeing you there.

January Social Monthly Meeting

BAIN DOWNTOWN SOCIAL MEETING

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, AT 6:00 pm

BAIN Downtown members are invited to join in this month’s Strictly Social Meeting.  Let’s keep cool together at the Downtown Matias in Recoleta, an Irish pub located next to Starbucks in the Terrazas Buenos Aires Design Center.

We will be there starting at 6:00 pm.  BAIN will provide appetizers and there is a 2 for 1 happy hour menu available!

Location: Downtown Matias at the Buenos Aires Design Center in Recoleta (next to the Recoleta Cemetery, nearest to the intersection of Av Libertador and Pueyrredon).

Date and Time:  Friday, January 31, 6:00 p.m.

Program:  Conversation!  Meet someone new!  Bring friends and introduce them to BAIN!  We will provide light appetizers and finger food while our guests enjoy the happy hour specials of 2 for 1 on beverages.

Fees: BAIN Downtown members – no charge

Guests and BAIN Suburbs members – AR$50*

*If you join BAIN at the meeting, your guest fee is waived.

(The fee to join BAIN for a year’s membership is AR$250)

Other Notes:

Check out our website at https://baindowntown.com/, or view our new page on Pinterest for our local recommendations and references!

Want to stay up to date with all of BAIN Downtown’s events?  Sign up to follow our blog, or like us on Facebook

Book Discussion Group–Monday, November 18, 10am to noon

The book selection for our next meeting is Thomas Jefferson, The Art of Power by Jon Meacham.   If you have not yet attended a BAIN book club meeting or are looking to start, please join us!  

Like to talk about books? Please come to the November Book Group Meeting, whether you have read the book or not. Bring names of books you would like to read and discuss together.

Meeting will be held in Almagro.  Please email your RSVP to: tonilin@aol.com.  Exact address will be sent upon receipt of RSVP.

Here is a link to a summary and some critic and reader reviews on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Jefferson-Art-Power-ebook/dp/B0089EHKE8/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Here is the information for the November book club meeting:   

Book choice: Thomas Jefferson, The Art of Power, by Jon Meacham
Date: Monday, November 18
Time: 10 am – 12 am
Location: Almagro
Please email your RSVP to: tonilin@aol.com
Here is a link to a summary and some critic and reader reviews on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Jefferson-Art-Power-ebook/dp/B0089EHKE8/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=


We hope to see you on November 18th!

October Wine & Tapas

SAM_1414The monthly Wine & Tapas get together is a chance for newcomers, old hands and new, to come together to visit and catch up.

Bring wine and finger food to pass. We will meet up in Recoletta at 8 pm on Saturday, October 12.

Socialize, have a bite, have a sip, have fun.

RSVP to Teresa at tezlg@hotmail.com to get exact location. Looking forward to seeing you there.

The Annual End of Year Cocktail Party

ANNUAL END-OF-YEAR COCKTAIL PARTY

Join us for BAIN Downtown’s most popular event of the year!  

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Date:  Thursday, November 14

Time:  7.00 to 10.00 p.m.

Venue:  Pur Sang in Recoleta

Quintana 191 (corner Montevideo)

Dress code?  Anywhere from cocktail to casual!

Cost:  Members – AR$100

Non-Members – AR$250*

*Guests who join at this event will pay only the AR$100 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)

Enjoy a sumptuous selection of canapés, hot and chilled appetizers, sweets, 

various juices and soft drinks, red and white wine, and champagne!

Saxophone, guitar and vocals performed throughout the evening by Fabián Giuri www.fabiangiuri.com

For more information or to purchase your tickets, come to any BAIN Downtown event or contact:

Dawn Gill at dawn.e.gill@gmail.com

or Bonnie Ridley Kraft at bonniekraft@yahoo.com
or send a note to bain.downtown@gmail.com

September Luncheon

The date for the September luncheon is Thursday, September 19. Please note this is a week earlier than we normally have the luncheons.

On Thursday September 19, at 1:00 pm we will have lunch at the Benihana restaurant next to the Alto Palermo shopping center,  Ave. Coronel Díaz y Arenales (one block from Santa Fe), one of our most reliable and enjoyable venues.

Benihana restaurants are traditional Japanese hibachi steakhouses, which feature the Japanese cooking method known as “teppanyaki.”  Your meal is prepared fresh and served by a performing chef, right before your eyes. For a nice writeup on the history of the restaurant visit  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benihana. Our group has dined there previously with great reviews.

You can choose the chicken, steak or shrimp priced at 95 pesos for the chicken or 100 pesos for the other options. This includes soup, salad, water or gaseosa and the main course. Please note that the hibachi chicken rice is an optional extra. If this is offered by the waitress, it is an additional 10 pesos!

Check out their Spanish language site at   http://www.benihana.com.ar/Benihana

Date:          Thursday September 19

Time:         1:00 pm

Place:        Benihana, Coronel Diaz y Arenales

Cost:          95 or 100 pesos depending on menu choice

Please RSVP to secure a place.

mweldon213@yahoo.com

Spring at the Sivori

BAIN DOWNTOWN MONTHLY MEETING

ANNUAL SPRING AT THE SIVORI EVENT

with champagne and hors d’oeuvres!

September 27th at 3 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE:  SPECIAL VENUE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR RSVP

For the past six years, we have held our popular “Welcome to Spring” meeting at the Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sívori.  Join us as we return to the Sivori Museum’s beautiful garden courtyard to toast the arrival of spring!

The Sivori event is one of our favorite meeting venues due to the lovely location and relaxed atmosphere. This is a catered event, with champagne, sweet and savory treats to celebrate the arrival of Spring.  Note that the event takes place earlier in the day than our normal monthly meetings, and is a perfect place to bring a friend and enjoy the outdoors!  Children are welcome!

PLACE:  Museo de Artes Plásticas Eduardo Sívori, Av. Infanta Isabel 555 in the Parque 3 de Febrero

  • For a map click here: http://goo.gl/maps/2sU6y
  • For directions and information on the current art exhibits, please visit the museum’s website at www.museosivori.org.ar)\
  • There is a nominal admission to enter the museum (one peso for Argentines, three pesos for everyone else)

TIME:  3 to 5 p.m.

RSVP: Unlike for our normal monthly meetings, we need you to RSVP to this event.  This is a catered event that requires a deposit, so we need to know in advance if you are coming – AND if you plan on bringing guests (children under 10 are free).  

Please RSVP to bain.downtown@gmail.com, by Wednesday, September 25th.  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  The meeting itself is FREE TO BAIN DOWNTOWN MEMBERS WHO RSVP.  The cost for non-members is $120 pesos.  A yearly membership with BAIN is $250 pesos, and if an RSVPed guest signs up for a BAIN Downtown membership at the event we’ll waive the guest fee!