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

Bankers daughter back

 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

Hello Switzerland magazine now out, Events – Fashion event, Monday film in English, Christmas Market, Trad Jazz, Nativity Service

 

There are a lot of activities going on in the Nyon and Geneva region at this time of year. Read on for a selection of these below.

Winter issue of Hello Switzerland now out.

The image above and in the banner on this post, is taken from the winter issue of  “Hello Switzerland” magazine. This magazine is free to subscribers and contains a wealth of useful articles. This latest issue features an interview with a mountain guide (he gives advice on how to remain safe in the mountains), to an article on the night watchman of Lausanne cathedral. There is a dedicated section for the Romandie area too.

Whether you have been here living in Switzerland for just a few months, or for many years, it makes interesting reading.  Click here to find out more about this magazine and to subscribe. You can also read the articles in the magazine on line by clicking here

Events coming up in the area

Saturday 8th December - Olivia Pedroli will be singing at the Usine a Gaz in Nyon at 20:30.  For full details of concert click here  For more info on the singer (in English) click here

 Thursday 6th December – Fashion event to celebrate 10 years of Karen Millen in Geneva plus – 20% discount of Autumn winter collection plus champagne and canapés will be served!

Monday 10th December –  Movie in Nyon in English, the comedy  “Ted” at 20:30. 

Short synopsis –  “As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett’s teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John’s side ever since – a friendship that’s tested when Lori, John’s girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship”.


La Côte Anglican Church-

Sunday 9th December   La Côte Anglican Church – Nativity Service performed by children at 16:00

10.00 Holy Communion in Divonne celebrating Advent 2  and then 16.00 Nativity Service in Gingins

See here for more details

Morges  5th-9th December  Christmas Market. 

The biggest covered Christmas market of French-speaking Switzerland in the  wooden hall at Morges railway station. More than 190 artisans  displaying their wares.  More details click here  Free entrance.

Photo above  courtesy – Morges Tourism
Nyon 7th December – Trad Jazz  at 20:30 at club 1306  in Nyon
Group – The Fats Boys, an homage to Fats Waller. Full details see here

 

Understanding the Swiss School System – talk in Nyon on Monday October 1st

How exactly does the Swiss state school system work? Is the local public school right for my child? There are many families in the Nyon and surrounding area who would like to send their children to a Swiss state school, however they often have questions about the local education system.

On Monday October 1st at 19:30, parents will get the chance to have their questions answered by educational expert Margaret Oertig,  author of  the newly released book “Going Local – your guide to Swiss Schooling” . She will be the keynote speaker at this Lloyds TSB Private Banking, Living in Nyon, International Link organised event which will take place at the Uni Global Headquarters in Nyon.  Reservations required –  details below.

“Going Local”  unravels every aspect of Swiss schooling from kindergarten all the way to apprenticeships and university.  Margaret Oertig explains the various educational paths available in all 26 cantons (she will focus on the canton of Vaud for this particular talk). Margaret draws on a wealth of personal experience in-depth research and interviews with parents and children alike.

The book provides valuable information on cultural differences, language learning, how to develop relationships with schools and integrate your family into the Swiss way of schooling. The book also outlines what schools expect of parents, key facts, figures and essential terminology so that you can make informed, confident choices from the range of options to find the right path for your children in Switzerland. Margaret is also the author of “Beyond Chocolate – understanding Swiss culture”.

At the event on October 1st there will also be the opportunity to chat (over an apéro) to other parents who already have their children in the local school system.

Reservations required. Please email the event co-ordinator –  flurina.knapp@lloydsbank.ch or call 022 307 36 73.

The Uni Global Headquarters in Nyon are situated at Avenue Reverdil 8 in Nyon. See map here

 

 

 

 

Big Expat Fair and Career Fair this weekend in Lausanne – Reminder book signing today, other events

On Sunday 6th November it’s the Leman Expat Fair. Over 120 Swiss and international businesses and services with experience in serving the English-speaking community will be in one place under the same roof at the Beaulieu in Lausanne. Whether you have just arrived in Switzerland, or have been here for a while, these fairs are a great way of finding out what’s available for expats in this part of Switzerland and they can give you a chance to meet others expats (and Swiss too of course !) Living in Nyon will have a stand at the fair (booth number 105) and will be selling copies of the book “Living along Lac Léman”,  so do come and say “hello”.  Check out the floor plan and list of exhibitors here

New at the fair this year are  presentations given throughout the day on a variety of topics such as; “The Tourist Highlights of Vaud” given by the Office du Tourisme Vaud. There will also be a presentation by Diccon Bewes, author of “Swiss Watching” and another entitled “Raising Cross Culture and Global Nomad Children” by Suellen Bonga of CWC Suisse.

For children there will be a face painting stand, plus crepes and gaufres (waffles) will be served between 14:00 and 16:00. For adults there will be a DVD and book exhange. Bring your DVDs and book and take home new titles!  There will also be a “green carpet” day-long putting initiation by Golf de Lavaux at the fair.

Career Fair in same building on same day

New this year at Beaulieu in association with International Link and CVIC (the Chamber Vaudoise of Commerce and Industry) there will be an International Career Fair in the same building.  This is an opportunity for employers who are looking for talent to be at the fair and for those looking for employment to search out job possibilities. This fair will also run presentations throughout the day such as “Energise your job search through a fresh approach”  to  “All you really need to know to get a job in Switzerland”. This career fair is aimed at international and local professionals and their spouses.

Find out all about this Career Fair here

Check out the full list of presentations during the day here

How to get to the Beaulieu building by car and public transport here

Check out the list of specials prepared for visitors to the expat fair  here

Reminder Book signing today November 4th at Nyon tourist office. There will be a “Living along Lac Léman ” book signing today at Nyon tourist office between 16:00 and 18:00. Come and say “hello” and pick up a copy of the book for a birthday or Christmas present.  

Other events

Vide Grenier - A reminder that this Sunday 6th November the IWCN willhave a table top sale at the Salle Communale. in Dully from 10:00 – 15:00.  Info: Anne-Marie Ramu  Tél. 021 824 13 03. Bénéfices pour la Fondation Vaudoise “Le Cube de Verre”.

Classical Guitar Concert on Sunday

Another reminder that  there will be classical guitar duet concert on Sunday 6th November at 17:00 at the COV (see  previous post).

Swiss Film to be shown in Nyon in presence of film maker Monday 7th November

 In collaboration with Visions du Réel  and the Cinéma Capitale, the Swiss Film “Nel Giardino dei Suoni” will be shown on Monday 7th November  in Nyon at 20.15 in the presence of the film maker. This film has been described as a “magnificent film” by Bernard Koellish of  “Box Office”. More on this event coming up on this site coming soon.

A View from the Bridge – Play in English in Coppet plus other events coming up

 There are lots of events happening in the first weeks of November in the Nyon region, here are a few listed below.  Plus, the Living in Nyon November newsletter is due to be sent out in the next couple of days, if you would like to receive it, just sign up in the subscription box in the box to the right of this post. 

English play in Coppet – November 8 -13th.

Friday 4th – “Living along Lac Léman”- book signing at Nyon Tourist Office, 

Saturday 5th – Troc in Crans, plus Table Top sale in Dully.  

Sunday 6th – Léman Events Expat Fair in Lausanne,

Also on the 6th -Classical Music at the Conservatoire in Nyon. 

Mountain First Aid Courses – 10th and 15th November

Friday 11th November –  “A Flavour of India” evening in Nyon. 

Saturday 12th – “Souper de Soutien” Fund raising event for the Maisons des Enfants in Nyon

From the 8th to the 12th November GEDS (Geneva English Drama Society) will present “A View from the Bridge” by Arthur Miller.

A little bit about GEDS – The Geneva English Drama Society provides a diverse theatre programme with a wide variety of styles and periods. A typical season includes 3-4 full stage productions and 20 fortnightly staged playreadings, plus workshops and social events. The play readings normally attract 50-100 people, and provide onstage roles for both experienced and aspiring actors. Once a year they produce and perform a play in Coppet, just a few miles from Nyon at the Théâtre de Terre Sainte. This is a lovely theatre with lots of parking , it is also not too far from Coppet railway station. The theatre has a bar for a pre theatre drink . Note – if you book first night tickets you can enjoy a glass of bubbly and meet the cast ! 

The play – About “A View from the Bridge”  – This American classic is very well known and a standard text for schools and scholars: probably one of the four most frequently seen by one of the three or four leading American playwrights. Longshoreman Eddie Carbone lives in Brooklyn with his wife Beatrice and orphaned niece Catherine. Two Sicilian cousins arrive in the country illegally seeking work and are sheltered by Eddie. Catherine and Rodopho fall in love. Eddie is violently opposed without realizing his own motives. 

Tragedy ensues, with an almost Greek-Chorus figure helping recount and comment on events in an imaginative script and production. It is an enthralling evening, funny by turns and always involving, as it moves to an inevitable end.
The cast includes: Pilar Diaz Quesada, Fabrice Drouin, Bernard Giovannini, Undine Groeger, Howard Hornfeld, Neil-Jon Morphy, Cristen Schroer, Chuck Slovenski, David Stieber, Herman Westebeeke, and Jona Zeschke.

First-night patrons are invited to join the cast for a glass of bubbly after the show. Tickets:  CHF 30 (seats numbered)  Students  CHF 19 on presentation of student  card  at the box office on the evening of performance, subject to availability of seats.                               

Book at Theatre in English on  choose your own seats, pay by credit card or bulletin de versement / e-banking and print your own tickets.

Friday November 4th BOOK SIGNING AT NYON TOURIST OFFICE

 If you missed the launch of the book “Living along Lac Léman” in October there will be another opportunity to purchase a copy and have it signed by the author on Friday 4th November between 16:00 and 18:00. Come along and say “hello”, you can also pick up a copy of the new (free) winter tourist brochure  to find out what  activities are going on in the Nyon and St Cergue region this winter.

Saturday 5th November Troc de Crans  11:00 -15:00. There will be troc (second hand sale of goods) in Crans at the Salle Communale de Crans ( Rue Antoine-Saladin).

 Sunday 6th November  The International Women’s Club of Nyon will be holding  a Vide Grenier (Table-top Sale) at the Salle Communale in Dully from  10:00 – 15:00.  Info: Anne-Marie Ramu  Tél. 021 824 13 03. Bénéfices pour la Fondation Vaudoise “Le Cube de Verre”

Sunday 6th November  17:00 Classical music concert in the lovely lake side setting at the Conservatoire de L’Ouest Vaudois – Barocco Guitar duet – Michel Borne and Claudia Gave  See COV

Also on Sunday 6th November, it’s the big Léman Expat Fair in Lausanne, plus this year a recruitment/career fair will be held in the same building  on the same day. Check here for more details – more about this fair coming soon on this site.

Mountain First Aid Courses in November – Learn how to deal with injuries whilst skiing or hiking in the mountains.

  • Get advice about when and how to call mountain rescue
  • Understand the principles of adult Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and practice delivering this on manikins
  • Practice the safe positioning of an unconscious adult
  • Understand the importance of head, neck and spinal injuries and what to do
  • Practice how to deal with broken bones and sprains
  •  Learn how to recognise and manage hypothermia, frostbite, altitude illness and much more

Next dates:
Module 1 – 10th November 2011, 18:00 – 21:30
Module 2 – 15th November 2011, 18:00 – 21:30
Both modules must be attended

Cost: 180 CHF per person in total

Registration: via Health First (please register for both modules)

Venue for both seminars and Mountain First Aid course:
Rue des Racettes 2, 1213 Onex. This is the Paroisse Saint-Marc building.

11th November A Flavour of India” – Evening in Nyon – A celebration of Indian culture, welcome drink, Indian feast, traditional Indian dance and fashion tips. Full details in poster below. See Friends of India 

Saturday 12th November -There will be a fund raising supper at the Salle Communale for the Maison des Enfants in Nyon from 18:00 – 24:00. Apero followed by hot and cold buffet, musicians and dancers, tombola. See site for more details  and registration.