SEAPAX International Book Club to Meet April 17

The SEAPAX International Book Club will hold its first meeting on Sunday, April 17 at 3 p.m. at the Panama Hotel Tea House, 607 South Main St, in Seattle’s International District.  The book to be discussed in Little Bee by Chris Cleave, a recent fiction title set in both Nigeria and England, which highlights the intersections of personal lives and global affairs.

The book group is now a reality as a result of teamwork on planning our Peace Corps 50th Anniversary.  Jennifer Simon Halai, (Turkmenistan ’03 – ‘04) ) joined the 50th Committee and was inspired to offer to coordinate of the book club.  Jen, who happens to be a librarian by profession, loves books and talking about them, and is looking forward sharing thoughts with like-minded others each month.

Book club basics:

April book: In addition to being the title discussed  for the workshop at the 50th  event, Little Bee is also the book  selected for this year’s Seattle Reads program of the SPL’s Washington Center for the Book, which aims to get Seattlites all reading a common book by authors of diverse backgrounds.  A Toolbox of  discussion materials  for Little Bee is available on the SPL website. Author Cleave will be in Seattle in mid-May to discuss his work

Plan: The club will meet monthly, with flexibility around holidays and summer.  The club will function on a cooperative basis. Each month, a different person will select and inform the group about the title, take care of making the meeting arrangements, and lead the discussion.  We are now seeking titles of books as well as members for the club.  You can help us get started by:

  • Submitting suggestions of dates, times, and places for book club meetings. Let us know if you prefer a weekend  (Sat. or Sun.), or a weekday evening, potential meeting spaces, including homes, as well as best time frame.
  • Submitting suggestions of titles, focusing on international and cross-cultural themes and authors, including, but not limited to RPCV authors.
  • Signing up to be a facilitator for a specific month, starting in May

Sign up and send your ideas to Jen Simon Halai at: jensimon7(at)gmail(dot)com

How to get the book for April : Copies of Little Bee can be reserved on the SPL website, or from your local library system . This 2009 title can also be purchased from bookstores and online vendors, used copies are available.