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Club News

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  • 2019 Potluck Pictures Thank you to Catherine for hosting, our board members for coordinating, and everyone for bringing their delicious food! 
    Posted Nov 8, 2019, 6:22 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • 2019 Annual Potuck Today in Walnut Creek Set your clocks back an hour and come hang out with Smithies. See the annual report for details!
    Posted Nov 3, 2019, 12:07 PM by Sherrill Lavagnino
  • Read our 2018-19 Annual Report! The annual report contains updates on everything happening with the club, including a letter from our new president, details about this year's potluck, an update on our book club ...
    Posted Oct 20, 2019, 1:18 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • Save the Date for the East Bay Smith Club Fall Potluck: Sunday, November 3! We hope you will join us for our fall potluck on Sunday, November 3, 2019 from 4:00 - 8:00pm (note that daylight savings ends on this date!) This time ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2019, 2:25 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • New Smithie Welcome Party Please join us for a party in Oakland on Sunday, June 30th from 1-3pm to send seven new members of the class of 2023 off for their first year ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2019, 5:45 PM by East Bay Smith Club
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What Are We Reading?




  • For this month's book & meeting time, see the
     book club page.

    To join the book club mailing list, email Karen.
  • October 2019: Circe (Miller) Our October meeting was quite exciting, as we had to relocate to avoid PG&E’splanned power outages.  Fortunately, we found an island of electricity atSherrill’s house, and several members used the opportunity to recharge theircell phones before returning to their own darkened domiciles.  Fortunately,our book selection prompted a lively discussion, so there was plenty of timeto get batteries back to full strength.Our book for the month was Madeline Miller’s novel Circe, an epic talespanning thousands of years in the life of a Greek immortal: Circe, goddessof magic. The child of the Titan Helios and the naiad Perse, Circe spendsa lonely childhood in the halls of her grandfather, the ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2019, 6:04 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • September 2019: How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate (Hoffman) Our September meeting was held on Wednesday, the 11th of September.   We hadoriginally been scheduled for the following day, however, we changed datesin order to avoid conflict with a Democratic candidates debate.   Mostpeople preferred the new night, and we had ten members in attendance.  Perhaps as a result of the debate the following day, our discussion shiftedover to politics and to our hopes and worries about the 2020 presidentialcampaign.  However, we did a pretty good job of talking about the book aswell.  Fortunately, our September selection set the stage for our inevitablepolitical tangents nicely.  It was this year’s Smith Reads book:  Andrew JHoffman’s How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate ...
    Posted Oct 7, 2019, 1:37 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • August 2019: Milkman (Burns) Anna Burn’s Man Booker Prize winning novel Milkman wasan exploration of cultural and political divisions.   In particular, it wasa harrowing account of one young woman’s life in Belfast during theturbulent and violent sectarian struggles of the 1970’s.  The book hasreceived mixed reviews in the press, and our members also had quite dividedreactions.  It is written in a challenging, stream of consciousness stylethat involves long, clause-rich sentences and paragraphs that can stretch onfor pages.  The action jumps back and forth in time, which mirrors the waymemory works when recalling traumatic events, but which also can make ithard to follow the central events of the story.  In the end ...
    Posted Sep 14, 2019, 4:01 PM by East Bay Smith Club
  • July 2019: The Left Hand of Darkness (Le Guin) Our July meeting was on July 9th at Charmaine Detweiler’s house inLafayette.  There were ten of us in attendance, which seemed a pretty goodshowing for a summer meeting.  Our book for the month was Ursula K. LeGuin’s 1969 science-fiction/fantasy classic The Left-Hand of Darkness.  Thenovel’s central character is a man named Genly Ai, a representative of aconfederation of planets who is sent to a distant and largely ice-boundplanet called Gethen.  Ai’s mission is to inform the inhabitants of Gethenof the existence of life beyond their world and to ask them to join hisconfederation.   The planet is populated by humanoids who are not that different ...
    Posted Aug 9, 2019, 5:56 PM by East Bay Smith Club
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