The new books have arrived, you will have seen the list in the last Newsletter, we really do have a very good selection now of literature for all tastes. We have added the latest J K Rowling “A Casual Vacancy”
Library opening hours
The schedule for January through June will be out soon. We will not be open on Wednesday 26th December, Boxing Day. Members may take out more books over the holiday period.
Play in English, “Tomorrow’s Parties” at the Domaine d’O on 6th December, we have had a very good response and hope it will be an enjoyable evening. The play starts at 7pm. Your tickets will be at the “accueil” in envelopes with your names on. There will be a meeting with the actors after the play, Foal will be helping to lead the debate and, if necessary, with the interpretation although the Domaine d’O will be providing a translator. The play lasts about 1h20 and the meeting with the actors about 30 minutes.
Christmas Party on Saturday 15th December at 2 Place de la Chapelle Neuve at 6pm for FOAL members. You are invited to bring some finger-food, the members of the Board will be providing the drinks. Please let us know before 5th December if you will be attending: send an email to email@example.com to tell her what you plan to bring, she will be organising the finger-food so that we have a selection of sweet and savoury. Do come along with your significant other half
Book Quiz Philip Claringbull has agreed to be quiz master and to ensure a rapid, quick-fire exchange of questions and answers. The same range of questions as before will be asked on fiction before and since 1900, on well-known non-fiction titles, on drama and poetry, on books that were made into films and on well-loved whodunnit titles. The format will be changed, there will be four teams competing and everyone in the audience will be able to participate.
Date 11 January at 6pm Venue: Martin Luther King Annex, 27 Boulevard Louis Blanc
There will be a small charge of 5 euros which will also entitle you to drinks and nibbles. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org before 5th January to let us know if you plan to attend so that we can organise quantities. This event is open to all.
Play Reading The day after St Valentines day, very appropriately, we are offering a play reading called Love Letters, written by A R Gurney, which has been performed in theatres, humble and noble, tens, if not hundreds, of times since Gurney first wrote it in 1988. Liz Taylor once featured in a benefit one-night production of the play for an AIDS charity. The play involves just two characters who exchange letters over a span of 50 years. One correspondent is eager to write, the other more diffident and the result is a correspondence that is pithy, exhilarating and funny, and well as wise, wistful and tinged with in-your-face reality, love and sadness. Don’t miss this special play-reading production.
Date 15 February at 6pm Venue: Martin Luther King Annex, 27 Boulevard Louis Blanc
There will be a small charge of 5 euros which will also entitle you to drinks and nibbles. Please send an email to email@example.com before 5th February to let us know if you plan to attend so that we can organise quantities. This event is open to all.
In April FOAL will be organising another event called “Shards of Light”, we shall give you more details later on.
For those of you who might be interested, the Domaine d’O is organising a showing of Robert Altman’s film “Short Cuts” based on short stories and a poem by Raymond Carver at the Utopia cinema on Wednesday 16 January at 2pm. We don’t know yet if there will be a discussion afterwards. The Domaine d’O is also putting on a play about Carver (in French) from Wednesday 30 January to Friday 1st February.