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Summer Reads 2016

My friend John recommends this summer reading list from The Economist curated by Boyd Tonkin, chair of of the Man Booker International Prize 2016. Are you up for works by: Hilary Mantel, Vikram Seth, Louis de Bernières, David Mitchell, Donna Tartt and Orhan Pamuk? Bonus … Continue reading

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Balancing out the Best Of lists with more women writers

Best of lists are aimed to amuse, inspire and outrage readers. Definitions of a classic seem to vary so much that it is simply reduced the individual point of view (let’s agree to disagree). What do you think of these English … Continue reading

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President Obama’s Summer Reading List

What have you been reading this summer? I have enjoyed immensely Elena Ferrante’s The Story of a New Name and Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and eager to read the first book of the series My Brilliant Friend … Continue reading

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Animal Crackers

We have a soft spot of short stories with a weird or unexpected animal imagery. The “beast”of the short story might not fully explained but keeps the reader fascinated. A look back at some of our favourites: The Coming Flood … Continue reading

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Literary Drinks

We often enjoy a beverage or two at MRU meet-ups. We’ve had our cups of hot coffee, glasses of ice tea in the summer, plus servings of Belgian beer, mojitos and red wine at happy hour. As it’s a wet, … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury

We’d like to celebrate Ray Bradbury’s legacy with the story “Last Night of the World” on Esquire, originally published in February 1951. In 1932, the words of a carnival magician inspired a 12-year-old Bradbury to write. The magician Mr. Electrico … Continue reading

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MiNi Film Fest

Earlier, we mentioned Babette’s Feast and other films inspired by short stories and it turns out the second MiNi Film Fest will take place in Shanghai this weekend and it’s all about food. Films plus food is a lovely combination, … Continue reading

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