Book lovers get to­gether

Townsville Bulletin - - PRIME TIME - By Ge­of­frey Saun­ders

THE word is out as book club mem­bers share the lat­est pub­li­ca­tions with fel­low devo­tees.

Or­gan­iser of the Townsville Port Read­ers Book Club Karen Desira said the club was a di­verse group of peo­ple of all ages who met once a month to re­view a cho­sen book.

Ms Desira said mem­bers con­trib­uted to choos­ing books and took turns in lead­ing the dis­cus­sion.

‘‘ Our meet­ings are held at 7pm on the first Mon­day of each month in the gar­den of the Vic­to­ria Park Ho­tel in South Townsville," she said.

‘‘ We read across a range of gen­res such as his­tor­i­cal fic­tion, au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, rep o r t a g e , c r e a t i v e n o n - fic­tion, mag­i­cal re­al­ism, science fic­tion, ro­mance and short sto­ries.

‘‘ Gen­er­ally we source our books from the Townsville City Li­brary Book Club Col­lec­tion how­ever we also choose ti­tles out­side this list."

Ms Desira said there was no charge to par­tic­i­pate in the book club and that new mem­bers were al­ways wel­come.

She said the club cur­rently had a mem­ber­ship of about 12 with six to eight in at­ten­dance at each meet­ing. C l u b m e m b e r K a r e n H a u s e r s a i d t h e fa­cil­i­ta­tor’s role was to pre­pare ques­tions re­gard­ing the book for that month a n d t o m o d e r a t e d i s - cus­sion.

‘‘ We like to have a good vi­brant dis­cus­sion about the books that we read but we’re not a lit­er­a­ture class and I think we all find the so­cial in­ter­ac­tion to be an im­por­tant part of why we get to­gether ev­ery month," Ms Hauser said.

She said she was mo­ti­vated to join the club so as to have some dead­lines in her read­ing.

‘‘ What I get out of it is that I have a reg­u­lar dose of fic­tion, a reg­u­lar step-away from my ev­ery­day life," Ms Hauser said.

Books f or f uture dis­cus­sion in­clude: The Book Thief by Mar­cus Zusak; To­mor­row When the War Be­gan by John Marsden; Atone­ment by Ian McEwan and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzger­ald.

For more i nfor­ma­tion con­tact Karen Desira on 0458 788202, or visit www meetup. com/ port-read­er­s­book-club

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