Remember books? Sometimes known as Kindles that you don’t need to plug in, those nice paper objects were useful for filling up bookcases and, as an added bonus, sometimes contained useful information or great works of art.
In partnership with Collected Works, West Wellington’s favorite independent bookstore, Apartment613 is hosting a bi-monthly book club to celebrate books and the people who write them. Our focus is on local authors, both fiction and non-fiction. We’re getting the discussion going both in person and online about the best of Ottawa’s literary scene, combining the best of the written word with the awesome powers of the interweb.
After our debut with Elizabeth Hay’s Alone in the Classroom in April, we’re going the non-fiction route. This June we’ll be reading Eric Enno Tamm’s The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds: A Tale of Espionage, the Silk Road and the Rise of Modern China. Tamm, who won the 2011 Ottawa Book Award for non-fiction, documents his travels tracing Gustaf Mannerheim’s epic trek from St. Petersburg to Peking in 1906, drawing parallels with the China of a century ago with today’s rising world power.
We’ll be discussing The Horse That Leaps Through Clouds, the strengths and weaknesses of travel literature and the rise of modern China at Collected Works on Sunday July 29 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Join us in person by signing up here. However if you are too busy to come out in person, feel free to join us online on twitter via the #613live tag or right on our site through the live blog.