British Author Jonathan Coe in Vaud on Saturday 18th – Event open to public

Author event in English followed by an aperitif in the presence of the author.

Photo above – courtesy Jan Michalksi foundation © Mirabella Balaciut

The British novelist and writer Jonathan Coe will be in conversation with Lisbeth Koutchoumoff, journalist of Le Temps, at the Jan Michalski Foundation in Montricher (above Morges) on Saturday, 18th October at 16.00  This event coincides with the publication of his latest novel, “Expo 58″. Expo 58 is a comic spy and international love story. A perfect evocation of a moment in the history of the Cold War, the novel looks at Europe as a place of shifting and clashing political interests.

The event will be held at the Fondation Jan Michalski in Montricher, at the foot of the Vaudois Jura.  The building that houses the foundation (in banner heading above – is famed for its interesting design.  More info about concept and aim of the building here 

Entrance to the event is CHF 10  -  Reservations required     reservation-coe@fondation-janmichalski.ch

Here’s a quote from Expo 58

“He waited in silence for the blindfold to be tied firmly at the back of his head. ‘Right,’ said Wilkins, emphatically. ‘That should do. How many fingers am I holding up?’ ‘Three,’ said Thomas. ‘God damn it to hell, how did you know that? Can you see through the cloth?’ ‘No. It was a guess.’ ‘Well you’re not supposed to guess. For crying out loud, I’m trying to make sure that you can’t see where we’re going. We’re not here to play guessing games. How many fingers am I holding up?’ ‘I’ve no idea. I can’t see a bloody thing.’ ‘Good. It was four, by the way. Not that it matters. Now shut up.”

 

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Book and Literary events in English – Book fair in Morges in September, Reading group in Crans, Writers’ Group in Geneva

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If you are interested in all things literary, then you are spoiled for choice in the Geneva and Vaud area.  Not only is the area home to a large and important writers’ group (covering both fiction and non-fiction – see below), a reading group in Crans that is open to the public, but in a few weeks, the fabulous “Le Livre sur le Quais” will take place on the lake side in Morges from the 5th to the 7th September 2014.

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English authors such as Andy McNab – “Bravo Two Zero, Immediate Action and Seven Troop”, Caroline Lawrence of “The Roman Mysteries” fame, Don Pollock – “The Devil All the Time”, Nathan Filer –” The Shock of the Fall”(Overall winner Costa Book Award 2014), will all be present at the fair.

The festival programme will be finalised later in August, but the weekend already looks very promising indeed.   Some of the writers’ events take place on the CGN ferries. Cruising up and down on the lake listening to a reading or a talk,  can be a lovely way to spend a weekend!  Note – La Page Cornée the French literary group based in Gland, will also be present with authors’ talks and events.

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Photo below – Author Douglas Kennedy in conversation on a boat at the 2012 fair

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Below –  Reading by the quayside

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Meanwhile over in Geneva the Geneva Writers’ Group will resume its activities on September the 20th with a workshop entitled “Essay & Flash Nonfiction: Personal Narratives”. 

Started in 1993, The Geneva Writers’ Group brings together over 200 English language writers from around 30 countries. The objective of the group  is to encourage all forms of creative writing in English and to create a supportive community of both beginning and supportive writers. Meetings are held monthly, from September to June at the Geneva Press Club, with a programme of writing workshops, critiquing sessions, and master classes.  Every two years the group holds the International Geneva Writers’ Conference at Webster University in Bellevue, alternating with a “Meet the Agents” weekend.  The group publishes a biennial collection of prose and poetry, Offshoots, Writing from Geneva. The group also co-ordinate small writing groups, a mentoring service, and hosts the GWG Literary Prizes.

Photo below from the GWG conference in 2010

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English Reading Group in Crans-pres-Celigny – Open to new members.

Marilyn Packham, a British resident living in Crans près Céligny would like to let other Living in Nyon readers know about a reading group that is open to new members. Here she explains a little about the group and what it is like to live in the village of Crans près Céligny itself.

“The English Reading Group in Crans-près-Céligny was formed around seven years ago.  I am a member and over the seven years it has certainly widened my reading and introduced me to new  authors and their work. We meet every five to six weeks between 14:30 and 17:00 in the comfortable, modern library of Crans-près-Céligny.  Note – See previous Living in Nyon post here about the library and its art exhibitions.

In our reading group to date, we have read 54 books, mainly fiction. We all take it in turns to propose a book and we then give a short presentation and have a relaxed discussion over a cup of tea or coffee. We are currently  nine members, who almost all come to every meetings. The group is made up of all ages, from the young to the more mature!  We would like to maintain the size of the group at about twelve members so we are looking for a a few more members.

If you are English mother tongue, male or female and enjoy reading and sharing the enjoyment of reading, please contact me, Mally Packham, on mally.packham@bluewin.ch or call on 078 768 05 50 for more information.

Photo below – The lake near  the port of Crans près Céligny.

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Living in the village

As to living in Crans-près-Céligny itself,  The village itself has changed from the quiet little Vaudois village we moved to 26 years ago. Like the whole of the Lac Léman area, the village has grown, new houses and new flats have been built.  The roads and pavements are being enlarged and resurfaced for the ever-mobile community. The village has lots of clubs and groups – football teams for adults and children, a gym, tennis courts (indoor courts in winter), a crèche  a modern primary school, a church, a port, a sailing club, a friendly pharmacy and a village shop. The  village also has two superb restaurants, ‘Le Café de l’Union’ and ‘Le Café de la Versoix’. The food is excellent in both and the service quick and friendly. They are both very popular so best to book in advance. There is a regular bus service to both Nyon and Coppet. All in all, the village has blossomed and is a vibrant place to live, yet it still maintains the calm and quiet of the countryside”.

 

 

 

Crime and Mystery Novel Evening – hear from Ex-Chief of police and a Crime novelist

Do you enjoy reading and want to meet up with other readers to talk about books, recommend books and hear lectures by authors?

The next “Rencontre a la Page” encounter is in a series of events that occur throughout the year and which are held mainly in Nyon and Gland and part of La Page Cornée, a local literary events non-profit association.

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Their next event on Wednesday 19th March is a “Crime and Mystery Novel Evening” in the presence of Mr Pierre Aepli  who was head of Vaudois police for 20 years. Mr Aepli is now a crime author and international security expert. Also present will be Mr Patrick Delachaux, ex policeman and author of “Flic de Quartier”.

Note: this event will be held in French, however many people in the group also speak English and the group welcome all nationalities.

The event will be held at the Théâtre de Grand Champs in Gland at 19:00. Entry is free. Leave your guns at the door!

For more information in English, email info@livinginyon.com.  Note: the Living in Nyon editor is a member of this association and will be present at the event so come and say Hello!  For inquiries in French, call Daniel Bujard 079 750 09 78

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Weekend Writing Conference in Bellevue 31 January – 2nd Feb. Open to all those interested in writing.

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Photo above – Introductory welcome to all writers and tutors at the 2010 conference.

Started in 1993, the Geneva Writers’ Group brings together over 200 English-language writers from 25 countries. Its objective is to encourage all forms of  writing in English.  Membership is open to all who wish to develop their creative writing skills. Encouragement and support are given to both beginning and published writers. There are currently over 55 published authors in the group from Diccon Bewes (“Slow Train to Switzerland”) to Carmen Bugan (“Burying the Typewriter”) to Janet Skeslien Charles (Moonlight in Odessa) to Dinah Lee Kung ( A Visit from Voltaire) and Gail Mangold Vine (“Touring Geneva  Wine Country”).

Group meetings are held monthly, from September to June at the Geneva Press Club, with a programme of writing workshops, critiquing sessions, and master classes.

Since 1998 the group has held the biennial Geneva Writers’ Conferences, at Webster University, Bellevue/Geneva, welcoming writers from around the world, with a teaching staff, editors, and agents.  The next conference will be the 31st January to 2nd February 2014. The Living in Nyon  editor highly recommends  these conferences, they are inspiring, fun and informative and very good value for money!   See the GWG website for more information on the group and to register for the upcoming conference. 

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Photo above- panel discussion on “The Business of Writing” at 2010 Conference with literary agents and editors David Applefield, Lorella BelliJane Dystel and Robert Stewart.

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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?

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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.

 

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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

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“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

 

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“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.

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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

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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  

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 “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

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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 

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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