The London-style book club was born in Palermo on input from the famous writer Simonetta Agnello Hornby. A group of women will meet periodically to read and comment on a novel, sip a cup of English tea and enjoy a good dessert (possibly Sicilian). The first appointment will be tomorrow, at 4.30 pm at Cardioneuroask in via principe di Villafranca 50. The idea comes from the editorial staff of the online newspaper www.atuttamamma.net. “Last spring, says Maristella Panepinto, professional journalist and director of A tutto Mamma, speaking with the writer Simonetta Agnello Hornby, the idea of the book club came up. It was Simonetta who proposed to me to create this ‘meeting place’ in Palermo for women of all ages and beyond any categorization. The idea is to inspire us to London book clubs, where small groups of women, passionate about reading, meet every week, house by house, choose a book to read together and draw inspiration from that text to talk about them. Confrontations and confidences arise which in fact become a beautiful comfort zone for the participants. I launched the assistance to some dear friends and immediately the Cardioneuroask doctors took the initiative and we will inaugurate the series of literary meetings from them. The calendar is full and includes many beautiful literary initiatives, which we will reveal along the way. Not only readings, but also presentations and workshops. We strongly believe in the saving power of books and we are sure that a Sicilian book club will create very fruitful encounters and comparisons. At the moment we have thought about a monthly schedule of appointments and the program is already defined until spring. We will also meet in historical libraries, recreational places for children, doctors’ offices. Lots of variety and lots of ideas in the name of good reading “. The writer Simonetta Agnello Hornby welcomed the initiative with pleasure: “The book club is precious, it is a place for discussion and comfort. Friendship in the name of books then moves to the human side. I have been part of a book club in London for many years and it has happened that by reflecting on a book, the participants reflect on their pain, share it and find comfort and support. I wish the members of the Palermo book club to have a solid literary friendship and to discover, from time to time, the preciousness of the book club “.
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