Books by local English authors – Christmas present suggestions

If you are still looking for Christmas present ideas, why not give a book  written by an English author that lives locally here in Switzerland?

Murder in Paris

 

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Untethered

 

 

 

Rapeseed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have chosen a selection of eight books covering a variety of genres and to suit all tastes. From a non-fiction book ” The Greatest Photography Tips  in the World” by Alistair Scott (an author who lives in Gland), to a young adult book, “Untethered” by Katie Hayoz.  Katie’s book was a finalist in the Mslexia  2013 novel competition.

Then there is a murder mystery novel “Murder in Paris” written by D-L Nelson who lives in Geneva, to a  fascinating biography , “The Banker’s Daughter” written by Caroline Thonger on Eva Steinthal, born in the last decade of the 19th century, the third of seven children of one of the richest Jewish men in Berlin.

 

Bankers Daughter

 

 

Crossing Quailandia

 

 

 

 

One year to a writing life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crossing Qalandiya”  is an extraordinary true story written by Daniela Norris and Shireen Anabtawi about two women who meet at a party in Geneva – both are mothers, both a similar age. But one is Israeli, the other Palestinian. So divided by fear and hatred are their two countries, they realise they will never be able to visit one another at home, despite living less than 100km apart. So, they begin to exchange letters.  See below to find out what happens next and read more about this book.

“Rapeseed” is a multicultural novel about a  synesthetic expatriate called, Carolann Cooper. She sees her letters and numbers and her turbulent memories in colour, accompanied by blended senses of smell, music, and texture.  This book is by American Nancy Freund who lives in Lausanne.

All the above authors are members of the Geneva Writers’ Group.  The group meets monthly, from September to June at the Geneva Press Club, with a programme of writing workshops, critiquing sessions, and master classes. Membership is open to all who wish to develop their creative writing skills. encouragement and support are given to both beginning and published writers.

The founder of the group, Susan Tiberghien has published several books and we have chosen one of these,  the excellent “One year to a Writing Life”  as a suggested Christmas present, an ideal gift if you know of anyone who is interested in writing fiction or non-fiction.

And finally, don’t forget  Living in Nyon’s own book “Living along Lac Léman“. This book is a light hearted look at living along lake Geneva, it’s a selection of columns that have been published in English in La Côte newspaper. From “Fondue Fuddle” to learning French, to observations on  Swiss street names it will help you to get to know a bit more about the customs and culture living in this part of Switzerland.  The book can be ordered online through this site or can be purchased in Payot Nyon, other local retails outlets and new ! it is now available in Munchkins café in Founex.

Book 1 – “Untethered” by Katie Hayoz  -a book for young adults

Untethered

“Untethered” by Katie Hayoz –   Katie is American and lives in Geneva. Katie says,  “The age range for this book is 13+ but adults can appreciate it too!”   See more of Katie’s writing on her own website, you can order her book on Amazon here. Here is her author page on Amazon.Finalist in the Mslexia novel competition,  “Untethered”  explores the intoxicating and dangerous world of jealousy and obsession when coupled with paranormal ability. It is a touching, sometimes funny, sometimes heart-breaking novel that speaks to the self-doubt lurking in us all.

Synopsis – Sylvie has been best friends with Cassie forever. But everything is turned around when the boy Sylvie’s loved since fifth grade falls for Cassie. Devastated, Sylvie intends to get Kevin by any means possible, even if it involves treachery, deceit, and the dark side of astral projection. She is positive her plans will give her what she wants, but she doesn’t count on it all spiraling out of control.

Book 2 “Rapeseed” by Nancy Freund

 

Rapeseed

“Rapeseed” by author Nancy Freund  – Nancy is  American and she lives near Lausanne. Read reviews of Rapeseed here on Goodreads.  The book can be ordered through  “Off theShelf English Book Shop” in Geneva and is also available on Amazon.

Synopsis – “Rapeseed” is a many-coloured, multicultural novel about a synesthetic expatriate, Carolann Cooper. She sees her letters and numbers and her turbulent memories in colour, accompanied by blended senses of smell, music, and texture. When her family moves from small town Kansas to London, the upheaval cracks open her colourful history and exposes secrets she has kept with her husband — and from him too. At the same time, her teenage son Chip is tempted by risky new freedoms. Carolann has to urgently find out who she really is, to reconcile her past with her fragile family’s future. “Rapeseed” is a sensitive coming-of-age novel about a teenage boy, a remarkable adult coming-of-age novel about Carolann, and a family’s coming-of-age novel… because families evolve and come of age too.

Book 3  “The Banker’s Daughter” by Caroline Thonger  – Synopsis of the book, see image below. Caroline lives in the pretty village of Grimentz in the Valais.  For a copy of the book  email her at cthonger@gmail.com  –  20  CHF including all postage+packing.

Bankers Daughter

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 Book  4  – “Murder in Paris” by D-L Nelson.   D-L is American and spends her time between Geneva and Argelès sur Mer in the South of France. This book  is part of the “five star” mystery series. You can see more D-L’s writing and other novels on her own website here  Her books are available on Amazon

Murder in Paris

Synopsis – Murder in Paris  – Tech writer Annie Young breaks her engagement when her fiancé forbids her to take an assignment documenting a Paris dig at the site of a thirteenth century inn supervised by her old lover archaeologist Luca Martinelli. Amelie, (another dig volunteer) is found shot on the site. Luca, Amelie’s lover is in the process of a divorce and is a prime suspect.

Book 5 “Crossing Qalandiya” by Daniela Norris and Shireen Anabtawi  

Crossing Quailandia

 “Crossing Qalandia” by Daniela Norris and Shireen Anabtawi. 

The co- author of this book Daniela Norris. You can find out more about Daniela, her other work and writing on her own website here 

Synopsis  -Two women meet at a party in Geneva – both mothers, both a similar age. But one is Israeli, the other Palestinian. So divided by fear and hatred are their two countries, they realise they will never be able to visit one another at home, despite living less than 100km apart. So, they begin to exchange letters. As their friendship grows they discuss not only their families, childcare and recipes, but also the wars and ethnic tensions that have shaped their lives. Their exchange is fraught with challenge, but also a sincere desire on each side to understand the thinking and grievances of the other. This is a moving and illuminating exchange of ideas at once accessible and profound, personal and political – and a beacon of hope in the wilderness of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Book 6  “One year to a Writing  Life” by Susan Tiberghien

One year to a writing life

This book is “An innovative portable workshop to give readers a solid foundation for their writing careers and to lead them to a writing life”. See Susan’s website here  The book is available here or via Off theShelf English book shop in Geneva.

 

Book 7 ” The Greatest Photography Tips  in the world” by Alistair Scott 

Greatest photos etc

Content -  This fully-illustrated, 200-page hardback book is the perfect guide to using your camera more effectively. Though written with a humorous tone, it gives serious guidance on everything from buying your equipment, through using the camera’s exposure controls, to techniques for portrait, landscape and family photography. There is even a chapter on earning cash from your camera. You can buy personalised, signed copies from the author’s website here.

Book 8 Finally, don’t forget the “Living along Lac Léman”  book. Living in Nyon’s own book. Read more about the book and order it here

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Just 29 CHF a copy.  Free delivery within the Nyon, Prangins, Rolle, and Coppet region  For other areas – Postage per book – Courier B CHF – CHF 1.80 Courier A CHF 2.00  or pick up a copy in  local retail outlets more details here

Volunteer opportunities in Geneva and Nyon – from helping the homeless to organising conferences.

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Image above courtesy: Serve the City.

Living in Nyon receives many emails from readers asking if there any volunteering opportunities in the area. There are plenty!  From helping to clean up the lake, to volunteering in charity shops, we will be featuring more of these on this site in the future.

In the meantime, here are three possibilities. The first is with the local documentary film festival Visions du Réel.  Although their site is in French only, you will find that many people in this organisation speak English.

The second is with Serve the City Geneva (they work in Nyon too)

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Above: “Serve the City Nyon” volunteers – photo courtesy “Serve the City”

The third is with International Conference Volunteers (the Living in Nyon editor has volunteered with this latter organisation before, there are lots of way of helping here, particularly if you want to volunteer your administration, writing, interpreting or IT skills).

Volunteers wanted for film festival in Spring

Visions du Reél, Nyon’s documentary film festival which takes place from the 25th April to the 3rd of May 2014, is looking for volunteers. Help is required in welcoming film goers, professionals and members of the public to the festival and with logistics and transport. If you are interested in helping out in this fabulous film festival  See here   Next year, this film festival celebrates its 20th anniversary.

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Volunteer with Serve the City Geneva or Serve the City Nyon. 

Looking for year round volunteering opportunities?  Take a look at Serve the City and the work they do around Geneva and Nyon. Many people from the international community volunteer their time with various temporary and permanent projects throughout the year with Serve the City. They are currently helping the Salvation Army shelter which houses 40 homeless seven nights a week. They serve breakfast and a hot dinner in the evening.  Their website is in English and French.     More info here and see video below.

 

Serve The City Geneva from ServetheCityGeneva on Vimeo.

International Conference Volunteers

ICVolunteers  is another organisation based in Geneva which offers many short- and long-term opportunities to volunteer in local, national and international settings.

According to their website, ICVolunteers provides “motivated individuals with unique short- and long-term opportunities to volunteer in local, national and international settings.volunteers offer their knowledge and experience to provide critical assistance to important humanitarian and other non-profit projects. At the same time, they also acquire new skills and grow both personally and professionally”.   There are lots of ways to volunteer with this association :

  • Conference Volunteering.  Work with other ICV volunteers to help plan, host, interpret and report on events for some of the most interesting and important local, national and international conferences.
  • CyberVolunteering. The CyberVolunteers Program recruits, trains and coordinates volunteers with skills in information and communication technology (ICT) for development. Volunteers participate in local, regional and international projects for a period of several weeks or months, offering their skills in areas such as web or software development, system administration and content generation.
  • Language services.  ICVolunteers recruits and coordinates volunteer translators and interpreters. We manage a network of community interpreters who accompany migrants (MigraLingua).
  • Communications and journalism.  Write and edit articles, interviews and other contributions for ICV publications, our website and other online forums.
  • Volunteering in different places around the world.  Volunteers can participate in local, regional and international projects for a period of several weeks or months in communications and journalism, information and communications technology, or conference services.
  • Other professional activities.  Individuals can apply their professional talents, including accounting, bookkeeping, computer maintenance, transportation services, and other important skills, to help our organization manage and build its programs.
  • Internships and ‘long-term’ volunteering with ICVolunteers.  We offer internships (unpaid) and long-term volunteer opportunities, be it in translation (from and to English, French and Spanish), event organization, writing and editing, Internet research, IT-related work (web, system and software development) and resource mobilization in Geneva (Switzerland). We are also looking for long-term volunteer for our offices in Canada, France, Mali, South Africa, Spain and are working with online volunteers.

“Slow Train” a run away success!

Thanks to all of you who came along to the launch of the book “Slow Train to Switzerland” by Diccon Bewes at the Ferme du Manoir last night. Over 80 people listened to Diccon (author, travel writer and great raconteur!) tell the story of the first Thomas Cook escorted tour to Switzerland over 150 years ago, through the journals of  Miss Jemima Morell  from Selby in Yorkshire – one of  the passengers on this first tour.

Diccon with book

We heard how Jemima and the other ladies on the tour clambered over glaciers in their crinoline dresses, endured difficult travelling conditions, ate copious courses in some of the hotels and we learned about the hotel industry in Switzerland at that time.  Diccon also told us how Switzerland quickly realised its tourist potential with the arrival of  British tourists and how the country began to build many train lines to accommodate them all and take them up its mountains. We also heard about the contrast between Switzerland and Britain, then and now.

We heard about Thomas Cook himself –  how he negotiated discounted rates with the hotels and how he came up with the idea of a  “traveller’s cheque”.    Diccon recounted how he followed in the footsteps  of Jemima Morell by recreating her journey and the interesting coincidence he discovered about the author after he had finished the tour and began writing the book. The evening was a run away success!

Diccon and hall

For those of you that enquired about the Yorkshire cheese served that night, (to link the Yorkshire theme!)  this was Wensleydale Cheese served both plain, and with cranberries.

The white wine was from a local farm and vineyard in Signy near Nyon called Le Panier Gourmand.  This is a lovely farm shop that has lots of local sourced produce and wine for sale.

The red wine was a Pinot Noir rom the Valais called  Hurlevent

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Gala Concert for Indian Charity, Reminder – Book launch in English in Nyon on Monday, a few spaces left.

Friends of India, the Nyon based charity are holding a Gala concert on Saturday 23rd November in Geneva. See Flyer below.

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Also, a reminder of the book launch (a Living in Nyon event) in English of “Slow Train to Switzerland” on November 25th in Nyon. There are a few places left for this event reservations necessary – full details here

Not the Last Night of the Proms

Music, Cinema, Rugby: what’s on in Nyon next week

 

Looking for something to do next week? Here are a few things going on in the area over the next ten days.

Cinema

Both Cinéma Capitole in Nyon and Cinéma Rex in Aubonne offer special English speaking screenings. The next English films you can go and see in these two cinemas are:

Cinema Rex, Aubonne:

Gravity – 3D Monday 28th October, 20:30 part of the English Movie program

With Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

Dr. Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine space-walk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone, tethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into the blackness…

You can watch the trailer here.

Cinéma Capitole, Nyon

Diana

Monday 21st October, 20:30

With Naomi Watts

A film about cult icon Lady Diana.

Watch the trailer

Blue Jasmine

Thursday, Friday, Monday, Tuesday, 18:00

With Cate Blanchett

The latest Woody Allen film

 Watch the trailer

Music

From Schubert’s Lieder in Gland on the 24th to metal and pop rock this weekend at the Usine à Gaz with the 6th edition of Nyon’s On Fire, but also Fado in Bonmont abbey and the traditional Thursday night Jazz apéro under the Chateau in Nyon, the music offer in the area will please everyone’s tastes.

Thursday 24th October, 17:00, Théâtre de Grand Champ, Gland: Schubert’s Lieder performed by the Atelier à Coeur Joie.

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Usine à Gaz, Nyon: For the sixth year running Heimathome, an association which promotes alternative music from the area, is organising Nyon’s On Fire at the Usine à Gaz. After the success of the last few years, and a 100% Swiss headline, they have decided to tackle larger game this year. Friday night will be aimed at metal and hardcore lovers, whilst Saturday night will see the venue resonate with the electro-pop tunes of We Have Band, as well as other rock and electro bands. This will be We Have Band’s third time in Nyon, after a gig at Paléo Festival and another one in the Usine A Gaz. You can check out an interview Living In Nyon did with the band last time they came here.

More info and line-up on the festival’s website

Sunday 27th October, 17:00, Abbaye de Bonmont: Katia Guerriero will play Fado (traditional Portuguese music) in this 12th century Cistercian abbey with wonderful acoustics. Tickets cost 40.- for adults, 30.- for students and pensioners, and 20.- for children (8-15 yrs). Book on www.bonmont.ch

Thursday 31st October, 18:00, Chateau de Nyon: Provinyon’s traditional jazz apéros. Come and enjoy a nice Swiss apéro with local wine whilst listening to the Geneva Boogie Woogie Trio. Entrance costs 5.-, please book on http://www.provinyon.ch/site/fr/contact

 

Other

The Swiss rugby championship will be held in Colovray on Sunday the 27th of October. Entrance is free.

The ecological association “Sol à Tous” regularly organises walks in the area to clean up the nature and pick up rubbish. Their next expedition will be in Duiller on Saturday the 26th. The rendezvous is fixed at 14:30 at the “Duillier, centre communal” bus stop. (You can take the n°820 bus to St-George in Nyon which leaves at 14:21).

A new cookery school, “Les Papilles à la fete”, has opened in Nyon, and classes are available in English! Check out the website for more information, or read a more detailed account in English on knowitall.ch