American Club Brussels
The International social club with an American heart

Reading Group

  • 10 Jul 2019
  • 11 Dec 2019
  • 6 sessions
  • 10 Jul 2019, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 14 Aug 2019, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 11 Sep 2019, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 09 Oct 2019, 7:00 AM 9:00 PM
  • 13 Nov 2019, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • 11 Dec 2019, 7:00 PM 9:00 PM
  • See event details.

The Canadian Club of Belgium,
The American Club of Brussels &
The American Women's Club of Brussels

welcome you to our Reading Group
on the second Wednesday of the month
[7:00–9:00 p.m.]

(CCB, ACB and AWCB members only)

We ask you to present a book of your choice (U.S. or Canadian authors preferred) that you have read and really enjoyed. This will give all members, passionate about reading, a chance to read and discuss different literary genres.

Even if you have not read the selected book and if you do not have a book you wish to present, please feel free to join us anyway – even at the last minute.

Reading Group Contact
(also for venue details)
Geneviève Bergiers
Tel. 02/660.57.65

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2019 date open for your suggestions: August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13 & December 11, 2019

On Wednesday 10 July from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pmLynn FORTIN will present for us the book : “DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING” written by the Canadian author, Madeleine THIEN.  Her books have been translated in more than 25 languages!

Madeleine Thien born in B.C. studied dance before getting a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of B.C. and switching to creative writing.  Many of her works focus on the theme of time in connection to places and human emotion.

Master storyteller Madeleine Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations—those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the center of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie strives to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. Her quest will unveil how Kai, her enigmatic father, a talented pianist, and Ai-Ming’s father, the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow, along with the violin prodigy Zhuli were forced to reimagine their artistic and private selves during China’s political campaigns and how their fates reverberate through the years with lasting consequences.

With maturity and sophistication, humor and beauty, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of life inside China yet transcendent in its universality.


Please contact Geneviève Bergiers
Tel. 02/660.57.65 

On Wednesday September 11 from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm, Helga AUNEMO is going to present the book “MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE” written by the U.S. author Siri HUSTVEDT.

Siri  Hustvedt was born in Northfield, Minnesota. She holds a B.A. in history from St. Olaf College and a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University.

Hustvedt has mainly made her name as a novelist, but she has also produced a book of poetry. She employs a use of repetitive themes or symbols throughout her work - most notably the use of certain types of voyeurism, often linking objects of the dead to characters who are relative strangers to the deceased characters. 

Memories of the Future is an autobiography, telling the story of a young Midwestern woman’s first year in New York City in the late 1970s and her obsession with her mysterious neighbor, Lucy Brite. As she listens to Lucy through the thin walls of her dilapidated building, S.H., aka “Minnesota,” transcribes her neighbor’s bizarre and increasingly ominous monologues in a notebook. These notes, which she rediscovers forty years down the line, form the basis for a novel.

S.H. measures what she remembers against what she wrote that year and has since forgotten to create a dialogue between selves across decades. The encounter both collapses time and reframes its meanings in the present.


Please contact Geneviève Bergiers
Tel. 02/660.57.65 

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