The Toronto European Book Club is back in 2017 to put the spotlight on Europe’s literary legacy and its influence on contemporary publishing. To celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation, the members of the European Union of National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in Toronto will look at the connection between books written in Europe and current European literature, which echo their 19th century ancestors. By bridging together different authors, cultures and eras, EUNIC partners in Toronto aim to revisit European classics along with today’s new voices, focussing on former and emerging concerns.
From Germany to Portugal, Italy and France, we want to highlight what was written in Europe 150 years ago and what is being written now.
The European Book Club aims to introduce Canadians to European books and authors by crossing over cultures and allowing readers to discover modern European authors and their works. For 2017, the Book Club will be moving its meeting location to Full of Beans on Dundas Street West, a friendly coffee shop dedicated to being a cozy, neighbourhood gathering place for those interested in culture and literature. We welcome you and your friends and family to enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee, herbal tea or one (or two) of the home-made pastries prepared by Full of Beans’ owner Lori, and participate in our European Book Club. The event is free for all to attend but donations are welcome.
All the books for the Book Club will be available at La Mosaïque Bookstore.
Each Book Club will be in English and takes place from 7pm to 8.30pm.
Full program of the European Book Club
February 23: Goethe-Institut Toronto – Effi Briest, by Theodor Fontane
March 30: Camoes Institute – The Mandarin, by Eça de Queiroz
April 27: Alliance française and Consulate General of France – Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
May 25: Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Pinocchio, by Carlo Collodi
June 29: Goethe-Institut Toronto - This House is Mine, by Dörte Hansen
September 28: Camoes Institute – The Shelf Life of Happiness, by David Machado
October 30: Istituto Italiano di Cultura - The Leopard, by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
November 30: Alliance française and Consulate General of France – Madame Bovary of the Suburbs, by Sophie Divry