Chicago’s December Girly Book Club & Secret Book Santa
City Winery, 1200 W Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60607, USA
Let’s also try out the West Loop location of City Winery, thanks to a member suggestion! A cozy spot with great wine, “4 wines on tap directly from our winery with no preservatives or added sulfites, making it the freshest, most eco-friendly wine in Chicago,” and good food. They also have beer and spirits for those not into wine. Please look for your host, Catherine, in the red coat (or on the back of the chair).
Wrap a beloved book in paper, pick something you love that you would love to introduce to someone else. Write the rest line of the book on the wrapping. Let’s try out the West Loop location of City Winery, thanks to Beth’s suggestion! A cozy spot with great wine, “14 wines on tap directly from our winery with no preservatives or added sulfites, making it the freshest, most eco-friendly wine in Chicago,” and good food. Menu: https://p7007901.vo.llnwd.net/e1/media/wysiwyg/CHI/CWC_Menu_BR-10-2.pdf
New Member Induction at 5:30 PM
We’re happy to have you! New members are always welcome at every meeting, but this month we will be holding a new member induction! If it’s your first time at book club, join us at 5:30 PM where our friendly, approachable host will welcome you into our meeting with a gracious hello and introduce you to fellow GBC members, so you’ll be making friends quickly!
This much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory ideas and deeply sympathetic characters. In The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate, a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and the temptation of second chances. In the epistolary Exhalation, an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications not just for his own people, but for all of reality. And in The Lifecycle of Software Objects, a woman cares for an artificial intelligence over twenty years, elevating a faddish digital pet into what might be a true living being. Also included are two brand-new stories: Omphalos and Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom.
In this fantastical and elegant collection, Ted Chiang wrestles with the oldest questions on earth—What is the nature of the universe? What does it mean to be human?—and ones that no one else has even imagined. And, each in its own way, the stories prove that complex and thoughtful science fiction can rise to new heights of beauty, meaning, and compassion
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