Introducing the Europa Dinner Club!
Get started on the new year with a brand new book group, one that will transport you to new lands and enlighten your view of the world. Using the Europa Editions, featuring international fiction, each month the club will examine a new locale while enjoying great food in downtown Shepherdstown.
For $37.50 a person (or $60 a couple), you will receive entry to the club's family style dinner at Domestic along with a copy of the month's book. Discussion and dinner will be held on the second Thursday of each month.
The next dinner will be held on Wednesday, May 17th, then the schedule will resume.
Stop in at Four Seasons Books and pick up a ticket today!
April title: "Ties" by Domenico Starnone,
to be discussed May 17th.
Luminously translated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, Ties is the searing new novel by bestselling Italian novelist Domenico Starnone.
Ties is the story of a marriage. Like many marriages, this one has been subject to strain, to attrition, to the burden of routine. Yet it has survived intact. Or so things appear. The rupture in Vanda and Aldo's marriage lies years in the past, but if one looks closely enough, the fissures and fault lines are evident. Their marriage is a cracked vase that may shatter at the slightest touch. Or perhaps it has already shattered, and nobody is willing to acknowledge the fact.
We are happy to partner with Domestic for the Europa Dinner Club! Discover their menu at www.wvdomestic.com.
Friday, March 24th at 7 p.m., at the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherd Grade Rd, Shepherdstown
For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams sets out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.
Copies of the book will be available to purchase at the lecture. A portion of the price of each book goes to the Friends of NCTC to support the lecture series, the Friends of NCTC Scholars, and other projects.
The lecture is free and open to the public, no tickets or reservations required.
Florence Williams is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York Times, NYT Magazine, National Geographic, Slate, and numerous other publications.
A fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and a visiting scholar at George Washington University, her work focuses on the environment, health and science.
Her first book, BREASTS: A Natural and Unnatural History (W.W. Norton 2012) received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in science and technology and the 2013 Audie in general nonfiction. It was also named a notable book of 2012 by the New York Times. She serves on the board of her favorite non-profit, High Country News, and lives with her family in Washington, D.C.