Here's an article about RCE that appeared recently in Eindhoven News:
Are you someone who loves to read and appreciates modern literature? Do you want to share your passion for books with other likeminded enthusiasts? If so, then perhaps Reading Circle Eindhoven is the group you’ve been looking for.
Reading Circle Eindhoven (RCE) is a group for readers of contemporary English (language) literature that live in or around the region of Eindhoven. The club has been in existence since 2005 and usually meets in the evening of the last Thursday of the month. Attendance of meetings is seen as an essential part of the club ‘experience’, although obviously this may not always be possible. “That’s why it’s suggested that members come from in or around Eindhoven,” says Geoff Naylor, the founder of RCE, “although it’s not compulsory. In the past we’ve also had members that lived in Maarheeze and Tilburg.” Meetings usually, but not always, take place at a members home.
The club’s objective is to stimulate interest in contemporary literature. Unlike some groups where a book is proposed, and a discussion prepared, by a single member, at RCE a book is chosen democratically from a list compiled by one of the members. From the outset it has been the intention that the group as a whole experience the selected novel for the first time.
Through discussion RCE hope to improve the members enjoyment, knowledge and understanding of what they are reading. Individually members will almost certainly be introduced to new writers and perhaps even venture into previously unexplored genre's.
Past selections have included Help by Kathryn Stockett, On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. It’s rare for a book to be enjoyed by all members.
At the moment the club includes members from America, Britain, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic, and in the past it also had participants from Spain and Mexico. It’s a truly multi-national, mixed gender group. The current age range is between 25 and 55.
“As you would expect tastes vary enormously within RCE,” Geoff adds. “Some members have read almost exclusively Science Fiction, Biographies or Thrillers. The club introduces them to new authors and provides an opportunity for a diverse group of individuals to share their differents views on literature and life in general.”
If you visit the RCE website, at www.tcw.nl/rce, you can find a list of all the books the group have read to date.
Applications to join can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
North American Women's Club (NAWC) is a group of North American women who are living in The Netherlands either temporarily or permanently. NAWC provides members with basic information to assist them in their transition.
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