Bookclub-in-a-Box’s 2017 summer must-read list

Summer is here, and there are still plenty of days left to spend reading a book at the cottage, on the beach, or even in your own backyard. Bookclub-in-a-Box’s Marilyn Herbert has put together a list of recommendations for your summer reading list.

cover1Exit West (Mohsin Hamid)

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.

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Last chance: Save 20% off tickets to The Jazz Singer

jazzBookclub-in-a-Box loves to support the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company (HGJTC). We were involved with the production of Freud’s Last Session (April 23), and now Bookclub-in-a-Box founder Marilyn Herbert is doing one more talkback for The Jazz Singer on Thursday, June 8. We are offering 20% off tickets to that night’s showing of The Jazz Singer, a classic musical based on the 1925 Broadway play.

About the show: The classic show business story of a son’s struggle between his passion for a Broadway career, and his father’s plans to have him follow in his footsteps as a cantor. This dynamic production features musical numbers by legendary composers and such classic songs as “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy,” “Mammy,” “Sonny Boy,” and “You Made Me Love You.” Based on Samson Raphaelson’s 1925 Broadway play and adapted specifically for our audience, this classic story is brought to life in a toe-tapping experience you will never forget.

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David Eisner, co-artistic director of the HGJTC, with Bookclub-in-a-Box’s Marilyn Herbert.

Talkback day: Thursday, June 8, show at 8 p.m.
Location: Toronto Centre of the Arts’ Greenwin Theatre (5040 Yonge St.)
Talkback topic: The Influence of Jewish Music on American Jazz

> Click here for PREMIUM tickets (first 10 rows).
> Click here for TIER 2 tickets (back 6 rows).

Harold Green subscribers can also get 15% off additional tickets for all non-talkback show dates by calling the theatre at 416-932-9995 ex. 224. Take your friends and family! And for all show dates, regular-priced tickets can be purchased at hgjewishtheatre.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787.

Save 15% off the guide to Fifteen Dogs to celebrate its Canada Reads win

alexisCongratulations to author André Alexis, whose brilliant novel Fifteen Dogs just won the CBC’s annual Canada Reads competition! Five well-known Canadians debated which book was a must-read for the country, and Fifteen Dogs, defended by spoken word artist Humble the Poet, was the last one standing.

For the next 15 days, automatically receive 15% off the Fifteen Dogs book club discussion guide — no coupon code needed. (Original price: $6.98 > Now: $5.93 CAD.)

Fifteen Dogs guideThe Bookclub-in-a-Box PDF discussion guide (53 pages) for Alexis’s Giller Prize-winning novel Fifteen Dogs includes:

• Novel synopsis
• Author information
• Character analysis
• Focus points and themes
• Writing style and structure
• Important quotes from the novel
• Book club discussion questions

About the novel: A bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto vet­erinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old ‘dog’ ways, and those who embrace the change. Wily Benjy moves from home to home, Prince becomes a poet, and Majnoun forges a relationship with a kind couple that stops even the Fates in their tracks. André Alexis’s contemporary take on the apologue offers an utterly compelling and affecting look at the beauty and perils of human consciousness.

Experience two great plays followed by a talkback with Marilyn Herbert

Offering 20% off select performances of Freud’s Last Session and The Jazz Singer

This spring, Toronto’s Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company (HGJTC) is bringing you two great shows — one a touching play about two fascinating historical figures, and the other a classic musical based on the 1925 Broadway play. We are offering 20% off tickets, only for the days that Bookclub-in-a-Box founder Marilyn Herbert will be hosting post-show talkbacks with the audience.

Freud’s Last Session 

About the show: Legendary psychoanalyst Dr. Sigmund Freud and the young, rising scholar C.S. Lewis meet head-to-head in a fictitious battle of the mind. The play is set in Freud’s home on the brink of England entering the war in 1939. This deeply touching play is filled with humour and wit and explores the minds, hearts, and souls of two brilliant men addressing love, sex, and the greatest questions of all time: the existence of God, and the meaning of life.

Talkback day: Sunday, April 23, show at 2 p.m.
Location: Toronto Centre of the Arts’ Greenwin Theatre (5040 Yonge St.)
Talkback topic: Sigmund Freud & C.S. Lewis — A Chemistry of Religious Thinking

The Jazz Singer

About the show: The classic show business story of a son’s struggle between his passion for a Broadway career, and his father’s plans to have him follow in his footsteps as a cantor. This dynamic production features musical numbers by legendary composers and such classic songs as “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy,” “Mammy,” “Sonny Boy,” and “You Made Me Love You.” Based on Samson Raphaelson’s 1925 Broadway play and adapted specifically for our audience, this classic story is brought to life in a toe-tapping experience you will never forget.

Talkback day: Thursday, June 8, show at 8 p.m.
Location: Toronto Centre of the Arts’ Greenwin Theatre (5040 Yonge St.)
Talkback topic:  The Influence of Jewish Music on American Jazz

> Freud’s Last Session:
Click here for PREMIUM tickets (first 10 rows).
Click here for TIER 2 tickets (back 4 rows).

> The Jazz Singer:
Click

 here for PREMIUM tickets (first 10 rows).
Click here for TIER 2 tickets (back 6 rows).

Harold Green subscribers can also get 15% off additional tickets for all non-talkback show dates by calling the theatre at 416-932-9995 ex. 224. Take your friends and family!
For all show dates, regular-priced tickets can be purchased at hgjewishtheatre.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787.