Reading a book may be an inherently solitary activity, but it’s pretty certain that somewhere across the world somebody’s reading the same book, at the same time.
Indeed, sometimes that person might even live next door… you never can tell.
Except you can – at Caribbean Reading Club, held the second Wednesday of each month at Books and Books, Camana Bay, at 7.30pm, explains Holly Smith.
“The Caribbean Reading Club began a year ago with the express purpose of reading books by Caribbean authors or books set in the Caribbean. Guiding us along the journey was Dr. Ketih Jardim, an English instructor at UCCI.”
It is open to the public group of people who love reading and want a format to discuss a book, she says.
“We read and then discuss a book a month. People are free to offer their opinions and have to be willing to listen to the opinions of others,” says Holly.
Among the first books read and discussed were works by Rhys, Kincaid, Lovelace and Roffey. When Keith moved off-island, some of the club members wanted to continue with the meetings and it was decided that they would branch out from Caribbean-only literature and explore the world. So far, titles have included Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid of Pakistan, the classic Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (India) and The Lieutenant by Australian author Kate Grenville.
At this month’s club, on Wednesday, 9 February, the book under discussion will be Player One: What Is to Become of Us, a work by inventive Canadian novelist Douglas Coupland. Following that, the next book, to be discussed at the meeting of 9 March, is Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.
So how do you get involved? Well, it’s simple, says Holly.
“Read the book and join us.”