With thoughts of spring in the air, travel is on everyone’s wish list, but if, like me, you are homebound because of work and family, then virtual travel may be a viable alternative. Let your mind transport you to New York with me for this ongoing discussion series—the first event features Woody Allen’s iconic film Manhattan, and the next three sessions will feature three different New York–based books. To register in advance (preferred but not mandatory), call 416-633-5100.
Location for all events: National Council House, 4700 Bathurst St., Toronto
Hosted by Marilyn Herbert
Thursday, April 11, 1 p.m.
Free public screening of Woody Allen’s Manhattan
Thursday, April 18, 1:30 p.m.
Discussion of the book Heart of the City by Ariel Sabar
“New York is one of the world’s most romantic cities, so it’s no surprise that Ariel Sabar chose it as the magical setting for his short stories, each of which is dedicated to the true romantic stories of nine couples. These relationships span from the 1940s to the present day.”
Thursday, May 2, 1:30 p.m.
Discussion of the book The Golems of Gotham by Thane Rosenbaum
“This is an affectionate, humorous, but serious love story with a difference. Fourteen-year old Ariel seeks to understand the missing people in her life: her grandparents and mother. Using the mystical Jewish symbol of redemption and rescue (golem), Ariel hits the streets of New York with six literary Holocaust-surviving ghosts, who teach her how to live and love.”
Thursday, May 30, 1:30 p.m.
Discussion of the book Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
“In 1938, young, feisty, and single Katey Kontent navigates life in New York, moving from her secretarial job with a law firm to the upper reaches fo New York society. This love story visits many of New York’s sites, while bringing in hints of the era’s music (jazz), art (Stuart Davis), and echoes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and other contemporary literary figures.”
National Council House members: $36/whole series, $15/individual book discussion
Non-members: $45/whole series, $18/individual book discussion
The “airfare” for this journey is certainly affordable and I hope you can join me.
Founder and director, Bookclub-in-a-Box