The Paperback Book Club: February 2015 meetup

Are you a bibliophile who enjoys intense book discussions? If you live in Kuala Lumpur or Selangor, check out The Paperback Book Club.

The book chosen for December is ‘The Casual Vacancy’ by J.K. Rowling. A summary of the story is written below:

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils … Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

‘The Casual Vacancy’ by J.K. Rowling

Here are details of the next book discussion:

Date:  28th of February 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 3 – 5 pm
Location: Nook Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral
Who is invited? Any readers aged 18 years and older
What will be discussed? Themes, characters, plot, style, takeaway points from the book, etc.

RSVP at the website or Facebook page if you are keen to join the discussion.

For latest news on the meetups, check out their official website and Facebook page.

KL Book Exchange: Special Event on 25th of January 2015

Are you looking to give away old-but-in-good-condition books?

Check out this book exchange event organised by KL Book Exchange:

Date: 25th of January 2015
Time: 9 am – 6 pm
Location: SS Two Mall
Event is part of The Mustard Seed charity day

Bring your books for a one-to-one exchange. You could also buy their books at RM5 each. All proceeds go to the Mustard Seed charity.

For more details, visit the Facebook page.

Paperback Book Club: Meetup on 24th January 2015

If you live in Kuala Lumpur or Selangor and enjoy book discussions, why not join of the few book clubs in the area? The Paperback Book Club is a Kuala Lumpur-based book group that has discussed more than 40 books since it was founded in October 2011.

The book chosen for the first discussion of the year is ‘The Namesake’ by Jhumpa Lahiri. If you haven’t read the book nor watched the movie version, here is a synopsis:

‘The Namesake’ takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name. Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves.

One of the many covers for ‘The Namesake’

Here are details of the book discussion:

Date: 24th of January 2015
Time: 3 – 5 pm
Location: The Local
D-7-G Jaya One, 72A Jalan Universiti,
46200 Petaling Jaya

Kindly RSVP by 17th of January 2015 so event organiser would be able to book enough seats and tables for attendees.

For latest news on the meetups, check out their official website and Facebook page.

American Association of Malaysia (AAM) Book Club: January 2015 meetup

Did you know that American Association of Malaysia (AAM) has a book club? Here are details of the first book discussion of the year:

Book: ‘Gone Girl’ by Gillian Flynn
20th of January 2015
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Ambiance Coffee Café
Ambiance Ampang, 379A 4 Jalan Ampang,
First Floor (near Ampang Grocers)
Kuala Lumpur
Cost of drinks/food: Individual
RSVP: kindly appreciated but not necessary

If you haven’t read the book nor watched the movie, here is a synopsis:

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?

One of the covers for ‘Gone Girl’

Please be informed that this event may be open to non-members. They are encouraged to become a member of AAM if they would like to join other activities in the future.

To get the latest information on the book club, visit their weblink or email to them.

Store closes on New Year’s Day 1st January 2015

Dear customers,

Kindly be informed that SS Readers Corner will be closed on Thursday 1st of January 2015. The store will be open for business on the next day. We will also be open on Saturday 3rd of January 2015 despite it being a public holiday.

We would like to wish all customers and readers a ‘Happy New Year’. Have a wonderful 2015!

Photograph by Shanim Sainul / Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Store closes on 24th & 25th December 2014

Dear customers and readers,

Our store is closed today & tomorrow due to Christmas. We will re-open on Friday 26th December 2014.

Merry Christmas!

My best friends built this tree for our book club!

Christmas Book Tree‘ by Azhan Rabi / Pinterest

ps: My best friends built this tree for our book club meet last Sunday!

Comic Fiesta 2014 – 27th & 28th December 2014

Love comic books and graphic novels? Why not check out Comic Fiesta 2014, the biggest comic convention in Malaysia? Here are the details:

Date: 27th – 28th of December 2014
Venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (Map)
Time: 10 am – 7:30 pm
Admission fee: RM20 for one day / RM40 for both days (ticket info can be obtained here)
Highlights: Special guests – Shinji Hashimoto & Wan Hazmer; Art booth; Cosplay competition; Game tournaments; Night Concert; Take the stage (refer below)

Schedule for #CF2014

For more details on this event, check out the Facebook page, Facebook event page and Twitter.