We are apparently amateurs

at traveling the world via books.  This is a link to a TED talk by a woman who spent a year reading books from around the world complete with maps of the countries she “visited”


But amateurs or not we’ll be meeting on March 8 to talk about books by African authors or about African subjects – present or past.  2:30 at the Maynard Public Library (77 Nason Street)  Hope you’ll join us.


This is why I love book groups

Spent a snowy morning reading The Summer Book by Tove Jansson – a book I had never heard of until it was suggested at our last B&B meeting.  Beautifully written and it inspired me to look up the Long Tailed Ducks and should you want to hear the sound of it’s call check out


And I hadn’t remembered that Tove Jansson was the author of the Moomintroll books – remember them?


This has nothing to do with our program

but I just needed to share it with book people.  I started a new author for me – Jason Matthews with a thriller called Red Sparrow.  And it begins with a tense chase scene when the CIA agent (and the author was a CIA agent) meets with an important Russian they have turned to spy for the US.  Russian agents nearly catch them and he has to lead them away from the spy.  He manages to escape being not only captured but killed and goes into a small cafe and eats some beet soup —and includes the recipe for the soup.  REALLY?


Because March 1 is the primary election and because the Maynard Library is a polling place we have moved our March meeting – when we will be discussing books about Africa and African topics – to March 8.  Same time 2:30 – same tea and cookies – well, the cookies will be fresh.