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

 

 

 

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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.

Want to know more about the public and private schools in Switzerland? Two day student fair next week in Vaud

If you are looking for a school for your child or want to know more about the educational opportunities available in Switzerland, then the Léman Expat Student Fair is a “must visit” event which will take place next week in Lausanne on Wednesday 13th and  Thursday 14th March. Free entry by registering online in advance! (or pay CHF 10 on the day) 

Wednesday 13 March from 11:00 – 18:15  will be specific to the youngest students in kindergarten to pre-teen age.

Thursday 14 March from 10:00 – 20:00 will be for students from teen-age up to university and graduate age.

There will be information, presentations and informal discussions on international schools, local school system, academic support, all forms of special needs, education (autism, ADHD, dyslexia, intellectually gifted children, etc)  during this one event.  Discover and learn what’s in store for students in Switzerland.

 

 

Fun Fondue for Expatriates in Nyon on February 26th – Register now!

 

Last year the “Fun Fondue for Newly Arrived Expatriates” event was a great success, so much so, we are repeating it again! This event which is a joint collaboration between Nyon Region  Tourism, Living in Nyon and subsidised by Ecole-Club Migros, will take place in the wine cellar of Nyon’s Château on Tuesday 26th February at 19:30.

So come along to a wine tasting and fondue evening. For just 20 CHF you can learn how to make your own fondue, discover more the Nyon region, ask questions about living here and meet new people at the same time!  Places are limited, so please reserve by emailing   michael.moret@nrt.ch by February 15th.  

What’s On In Nyon- Chess Tournament And Classical Music

Chess Tournament In Signy on 1st – 2nd Of February

The Cercle d’Echec de Nyon is holding a chess tournament at the Signy Shopping Center this Friday and Saturday. The inscription fee is 10.- for the Blitz (rounds of 5 minutes per player) on Friday at 6pm, and 15.- for the tournament on Saturday (10am- 5pm)

You can get more info and sign up for the tournament directly at Signy, or on this website: http://echecs-nyon.ch/

 

Classical Music At The Conservatoire On Sunday 3rd February

A quartet of singers will take you on a musical journey from the Renaissance to nowadays…a capella! The concert is at 5 pm at the Villa Thomas on the lakeside in Nyon. For more info and to book places for the concert, go to this website: http://www.covaud.ch/index.php/manifestations/concerts/152-3fevrier2013-quatuor-symphonique

Quatuor Sine Nomine At The Colombière On Sunday 10th February

The famous string quartet from Lausanne who celebrated their 30th anniversary last year will be playing Mozart and Brahms, with Romain Guyot on the clarinet, at 11:15 am in the Salle de la Colombière in Nyon. Tickets are on sale on the Migros Service Culturel website: http://www.covaud.ch/index.php/manifestations/concerts/152-3fevrier2013-quatuor-symphonique

 

Courtesy- focale.ch

Chains of Silence”- Simona Bonnano At The Focale Photo Gallery

“In memory of all the women, young girls and children victims of silenc. Each photography tells the story of a women, a girl, a people.” (S.B)

For the past few years, Simona Bonnano has practiced an art of photography devoid of human subjects. The dolls she photographs are the silent witnesses of all the violence, be it sexual, religious or cultural, that women suffer every day. “Chains of Silence” won the Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2010 and has been exhibited in Argentina, Israel and Turkey.

The exhibition is open until the 10th March at the Galerie Focale on the Place du Chateau, Wednesday to Sunday, 2 pm to 6 pm. www.focale.ch

 

Fondue Evening For Newly Arrived Expats!

Newly arrive expatriates can come and enjoy a traditional Swiss dish- and learn how to make it- while learning more about local customs and other handy information. The event is organised by Nyon Region Tourisme, on Tuesday 26th February. More information soon!