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Coming attractions

September 15, 2010

The Señoras have not yet stamped their unique personalities on their cubicle on the second floor. To be honest they are a little apprehensive about going up there. They get funny looks from the people in the other two cubicles and feel like intruders. The second floor is a scarey place at the best of times: the faculty have their offices up there. We agreed that the Señoras had to call in their Señoras Book Club Design Team to give the cubicle a make-over. This could well be a job for Hello magazine.

Also the Señoras have to make their presence felt. They need to work a shift 24/7, make a bit of noise (that shouldn’t be difficult) and replace the whiteboard that’s covered in indelible marker scribblings. Fatima has some posters to put on the walls. Okay, so they’re from Twilight and Harry Potter … Vanessa and I will fight back our disappointment: we were hoping for something a little more chic.

Then there will have to be a Las Señoras Book Club Cubicle Launch Party and – budget-permitting – we will fly in celebrities … Brangelina, Justin Timberlake … I think you get the picture.

 Our book club storming produced some good ideas. Here’s a list of book club things-to-do:

1. Run an excursion to the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) next March.

2. Send Vanessa in ahead of time to negotiate a book voucher deal for us: not a lot of people know that at the last ADIBF, thanks to her, our students got 20,000 dirhams to spend on their favourite books: that made Stephenie Meyer very happy and saved her family from a life of austerity.

3. Do a presentation at the Book Fair: last year Fatima and Vanessa took part in a discussion forum at ADIBF. Fatima made a fashion statement by wearing her gold trainers. Vanessa made no statement at all because she got stopped by the police as she was speeding to the venue and then lost her BlackBerry when she got there … but I digress.

4. Organise our own Las Señoras International Book Fair (LSIBF).

5. Run more writing competitions.

6. Invite a famous poet to come and talk to us. If you’re a famous poet, please get in touch.

7. Run a competition to write a book review and then put the best reviews in the library catalogue. Mmm … sounds like work.

8. Have a competition where people read the beginning of the summary of a novel … and then have to write an ending to the story. We agreed that the time has come for someone to write a new ending to The Lovely Bones. That murderer really has to be brought to justice. It’s causing the Señoras a lot of sleepless nights.

 

9. Have a quiz bowl. Erm … what’s a quiz bowl? Vanessa says we have to agree to read two or three books and then we pick a question about them out of a quiz bowl, and win a prize if we get the answer right.

The Señoras went a bit silent when they heard this.

‘What? We all have to read the same books for a quiz? Too much. Too much.’

‘Okay,’ said Vanessa, ‘we could quiz you on some famous books that everyone has read.’

‘Oh, right!’ said the Senoras, ‘you mean like Harry Potter … or Twilight?

No, that wasn’t really what Vanessa meant. Also that would count us out since we’re still stuck on Twilight page 100. We would need help.

10. Finally, invite someone – anyone really – to come and talk to us about their favourite books, their preferred authors … and the meaning of life.

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We know what you read last summer

September 12, 2010

The Señoras are back. Well, actually they’ve been back for some time and … some of them have never really been away. They all blame the summer courses for that.
     Then, of course, we had the Holy Month of Ramadan during which the Señoras were very very quiet. As we approached Eid, Vanessa and I decided it was time to take a look at the books on the Señoras’ shelves …

     … and find out what they had been reading and what they intended to read.

     When we met for the first time on Tuesday, the Señoras looked refreshed, sparkling and very intelligent. They are older now and look intimidatingly professional. Let’s face it, when you get to this stage of your studies, there’s no stopping you.
     The theme of our meeting was ‘We know what you read this summer.’ After many hours of evaluating the evidence and compiling our research we had come to the conclusion that this summer the Señoras read …

Stephenie Meyers, Dan Brown, Nicholas Sparks,
Sophie Kinsella and John Grisham.

     And we were right … except that we missed out Jeffrey Archer. This is Jeffrey Archer by the way:


And here are some Señora Quotes:
Señora Quote 1: ‘Dan Brown is sooo good!
Señora Quote 2: ‘I love Nicholas Sparks. His books are amazing!

Dan and Nicholas will be very happy if they read this blog. Vanessa and I listened to these quotes with some suspicion. Now we are going to have to read Dan and Nicholas to find out why their books are sooo good and amazing. This book club is more work than we bargained for.
In this meeting we also did some book club storming. As everyone knows, book club storming is the same as brainstorming except that you focus on book clubs instead of brains.

So, please can you now do your own book club storming and think up some ideas for this year’s book club activities.
In the next post I’ll tell you what ideas the Señoras came up with in our meeting.