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Artizan Reading Group met to disscuss: Paul Auster’s 4321

Artizan Street  Library Reading Group Disscuss




Paul Auster




On March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson’s life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four Fergusons made of the same genetic material, four boys who are the same boy, will go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and intellectual passions contrast. Chapter by chapter, the rotating narratives evolve into an elaborate dance of inner worlds enfolded within the outer forces of history as, one by one, the intimate plot of each Ferguson’s story rushes on across the tumultuous and fractured terrain of mid twentieth-century America.

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Women in Jazz

Women in Jazz

A Barbican Music Library and National Jazz Archive exhibition

16 October  – 31 December 2018

A musical and social survey of the rich contribution women have made to jazz over the last 100 years, and of the talented upcoming generation who herald an exciting new era.


Billie Holiday – Lady in Satin


Track List

I’m a fool to want you — For heaven’s sake — You don’t know what love is — I get along without you very well — For all we know — Violets for your furs — You’ve changed — It’s easy to remember — But beautiful — Glad to be unhappy — I’ll be around — The end of a love affair — Prelude to a kiss — A ghost of a chance — Gone with the wind — Come rain or come shine — What’s new? — Fine and mellow — When your lover has gone — Don’t explain.

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Man Booker Prize Longlist part 2

Here is the second part of the Man Booker Prize 2018 LongList


Rachel Kushner: The Mars room

Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition. The Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living. And her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of Romy’s estranged mother. Inside is a new reality to adapt to: thousands of women hustling for the essentials needed to survive. These are the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner details with humour and precision.

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Summer Reading Challenge 2018

As This Years Summer Reading Challenge Draws to A Close Here Are Some Of The Fantastic Book Reviews





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Landscapes: Les Williams VPSGFA

Landscapes: Les Williams VPSGFA


An exhibition of drawings and paintings by Les Williams, inspired by the ever-changing landscape of London.

Barbican Library

8th September – 27th October

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Man Booker Prize Longlist 2018 Part 1

Here is the first part of  The Man Booker Prize longlist 2018


Snap by Belinda Bauer

On a stifling summer’s day, 11-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. Jack’s in charge, she said. I won’t be long. But she doesn’t come back. She never comes back. And life as the children know it is changed for ever. Three years later, mum-to-be Catherine wakes to find a knife beside her bed, and a note that says: I could have killed you. Meanwhile Jack is still in charge – of his sisters, of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they’re alone in the house, and – quite suddenly – of finding out the truth about what happened to his mother. But the truth can be a dangerous thing.

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Artizan Street Library Reading Group Top Five Reads


Artizan Street Library  Reading Group Top Five Reads


Emile Zola  Ladies paradise


‘The Ladies’ Paradise’ recounts the spectacular development of the modern department store in late 19th-century Paris. The store is a symbol of capitalism, of the modern city, & of the bourgeois family; it is emblematic of consumer culture & the changes in sexual attitudes & class relations taking place at the end of the century.

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Jazz the fire that can never be put out

Jazz that’s so cool it burns

Jazz, It’s only a small word but it’s one with huge influence in the world of music. Recently, according to the BBC there has been a 108% rise in people under 30 discovering and listening to the beauty and diversity of Jazz. It’s musical tentacles have spread far and wide into other music genres. You can find links back to Jazz in Soul, RnB and blues . In the UK alone we have seen the rise of fantastic young Jazz musicians. Artists such as….

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Artizan Street Library Reading Group Review The Muse


Artizan Library  Reading Group Discuss

The Muse


Jessie Burton

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, ready for her luck to change. She has been employed as a typist by the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick, who unlocks a potential Odelle didn’t realize she had. When a lost masterpiece arrives at the gallery, Quick seems to know more than she is prepared to reveal and Odelle is determined to unravel the truth. The painting’s secret history lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise comes two strangers, who overturn the Schloss family with explosive and devastating consequences…..

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