Refocused book club stimulates debate

The book club formerly known as Caribbean Reading Club, or TBCFKACRB as Prince might have it, has developed to have more of an international focus. And a more sensible new name – Bookends Club. 

The gathering takes place on Wednesday, 14 March from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at Books & Books in Camana Bay, Megan McCluskey tells us. 

“The change in name was a reflection of the direction the group is headed,” she confirms.  

“It isn’t a move away from Caribbean authors but rather embracing a wider variety of literature to appeal to more readers.”
This week’s open discussion concerns The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maughan, chosen because the group wanted to read a classic they had not yet read.  


Discussing books 

Megan explains what happens at the meetings. 

“We discuss the book, but also the author, how we felt about the book (it’s OK not to like it!), and anything else related to the book. Last month’s book, Man in the Tower is set in India and some members had spent time there. Their experiences and perspective helped give us a deeper insight into the novel, as well as learning about a different culture.” 

It’s easy to get involved, too – just show up and take a seat on the second Wednesday of every month. 

“It’s a great way to meet new people and have a fun evening out,” notes Megan, who adds there is no specific theme to how books are chosen for the club. 

“The next few books were chosen in a very simple way – last month, after the discussion was over, the group browsed the store picking up titles that interested them. Everyone shared their choices and the group picked.”
The next three months’ books are April: Tinkers by Paul Harding; May: Stella by Siegfried Lenz; June: The Paperbark Shoe by Goldie Goldbloom. 

Call 640-2665 for more information.