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Invitation to Book Club: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

book-club-logoDate: Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Time: 19:30 (7:30 pm)
Register by: 16 October 2017 (registration form below)
Cost: Free for members
Guests: €5,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)

We opened the TIC season at our first book discussion evening of the year last month and were happy to welcome a few new faces to our group of regulars. We shared stories from our summers and chatted about the upcoming TIC events.

The majority vote for the next book was …                                  A Man Called Ove  by Fredrik Backman 

At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots – neighbors who can’t reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d’etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents’ Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.

But isn’t it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?

In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible…

  • An uplifting, life-affirming and often comic tale of how kindness, love and happiness can be found in the most unlikely places. * Sunday Express *
  • It’s warm, funny, and ultimately almost unbearably moving. * Daily Mail *

  • A warm and tender story about love, loss and second chances, peppered with memorable characters, wonderful set pieces and some beautifully black humour. Ove is a joy from start to finish. * Gavin Extence, author of The Universe versus Alex Woods *

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Book Club review: All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

book-club-logoby Jessica Lipe

While no one is happy to see the summer holidays come to end, one benefit of the end of summer is that the TIC book club meets again!  Before the summer holidays, we had chosen a novel with more pages than our typical choices since we would have the whole summer to savor the book. However, this book turned out to be far more intriguing and suspenseful than expected, such that many of us couldn’t put it down.

I had planned to have the book as my survival kit for the long flight back to the US for a summer visit; however, the short chapters left me always thinking, after this chapter, I’ll set the book down…no wait, one more chapter…and so on. The book for my flight ended up as my pre-flight book. The other TIC members agreed, the story draws you in and keeps you hoping for the survival the characters.

In a story that raises the question of when to stand up against bullies, of when to obey for the sake of safety and when to risk, we were reminded, “Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever” (pg 48–49).

We hope you will join us for our next TIC book club meeting on 17 October 2017.

Reminder: 2017 TIC Welcome Event!

welcome-eventDate: Saturday, 9 September 2017
Time: 14:00 – 17:00 (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Location: Locals Café (Heuvelstraat 128, Tilburg)
Register by7 September 2017 (registration form below)
Cost: Free!

Tilburg International Club is getting ready to kick off another exciting club season and, as always, we will begin with our annual Welcome Event!

Every year we pick a different area of Tilburg to present to new and established members of the international community in Noord Brabant.  This year we’ll be focusing on the Heuvelstraat and Nieuwlandstraat in the city center. The streets in and around this area are full of eclectic cafes, bakeries and shops … something a little different from the mainstream shopping area.

We will officially welcome expats back from the summer starting with coffee and a sweet at Locals Café, followed by a welcome from Tilburg’s Vice Mayor, Erik de Ridder and finishing off with drinks and snacks at WijnBar Cru – and of course juice and treats for our little expats! There will be games and prizes from local eateries and the theme is that these establishments source, whenever possible, from the local vendors in Tilburg.

As in past years, TIC is partnering with Tilburg University, P&D Care, Holland Expat Center South and the Municipality of Tilburg to bring you a fun afternoon program and find some hidden gems in the heart of Tilburg.

There is no cost to attend but registration is required. Just go to the link below and register. We look forward to welcoming all expats. Whether you’ve been with us for years or are brand new to the area, you are sure to have a great time and meet some new people!

Invitation: Visit to a Corn Maze!


Date: Sunday, 17 September 2017
Time: 13:30 – 16:00 (1:30 – 4:00 pm)
Register by: 14 August 2017 (registration form below)
Cost: €4,00 pp for ages 5 years and older (includes entrance fee and 1 drink)
Guests: €9,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)
AddressFazantenweg 51, 5106 RC Dongen.

Back by popular demand is a trip to the Maisdoolhof in Dongen, ‘t Fazantje. This is an event that will be fun for our youngest as well as our more seasoned members!

Good weather:
We will be taking an exciting and adventurous walk through the corn maze! The corn is almost fully grown (just a few more weeks to go!) and is already grown taller than the average height of an adult (so you won’t be able to see through the corn!) Kids of all ages will have fun searching for hidden clues full of questions and riddles.

In case of rain:
Even if it rains, the ground where the corn grows is very absorbent. Therefore, there really are no puddles or muddy areas to walk through. Practical walking shoes are recommended. There is a sheltered area to have a drink until it passes!
This event will take place rain or shine, so be prepared for your little ones!

There is no direct public transportation to this area so if you need a ride or can provide a ride to other members, please be sure to let us know! We will try and connect as many people as possible.

Reminder Book Club: All the Light We Cannot See

book-club-logoDate: Tuesday, 29 Aug 2017
Time: 19:30 (7:30 pm)
Register by28 August 2017 (registration form below)
Cost: Free for members
Guests: €5,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)

A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II, from the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr.

When Marie Laure goes blind, aged six, her father builds her a model of their Paris neighborhood, so she can memorize it with her fingers and then navigate the real streets. But when the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, is enchanted by a crude radio. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent ultimately makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE is his most ambitious and dazzling work.

This book won the 2015 Pulitzer prize for Fiction, was a National Book Award Finalist and a New York Times Bestseller...  so we are excited to read it!  It’s 545 pages that makes it a perfect summer read.

We hope you will join us; have a good summer and happy reading!

Upcoming Events

  • TICMovie Night 27 October 2017
  • Worstenbroodjes (sausage rolls) Baking Workshop 6 November 2017
  • Christmas Cookie Workshop 12 December 2017
  • Christmas Borrel 22 December 2017

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