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The Toronto European Book Club is back in 2017 to put the spotlight on Europe’s literary legacy and its influence on contemporary publishing. To celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary of Confederation, the members of the European Union of National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in Toronto will look at the connection between books written in Europe and current European literature, which echo their 19th century ancestors. By bridging together different authors, cultures and eras, EUNIC partners in Toronto aim to revisit European classics along with today’s new voices, focussing on former and emerging concerns.

From Germany to Portugal, Italy and France, we want to highlight what was written in Europe 150 years ago and what is being written now.

The European Book Club aims to introduce Canadians to European books and authors by crossing over cultures and allowing readers to discover modern European authors and their works. For 2017, the Book Club will be moving its meeting location to Full of Beans on Dundas Street West, a friendly coffee shop dedicated to being a cozy, neighbourhood gathering place for those interested in culture and literature. We welcome you and your friends and family to enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee, herbal tea or one (or two) of the home-made pastries prepared by Full of Beans’ owner Lori, and participate in our European Book Club. The event is free for all to attend but donations are welcome.

All the books for the Book Club will be available at La Mosaïque Bookstore.

Each Book Club will be in English and takes place from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Full program of the European Book Club

February 23: Goethe-Institut Toronto – Effi Briest, by Theodor Fontane

March 30: Camoes Institute – The Mandarin, by Eça de Queiroz

April 27: Alliance française and Consulate General of France – Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert

May 25: Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Pinocchio, by Carlo Collodi
It is said that once Italy was a unified country, Massimo D’Azeglio stated: “We have made Italy, now we have to make Italians”. Not too long after, Carlo Collodi has his Geppetto make Pinocchio. Franco Gallippi’s reading of Pinocchio explores the question of what goes into making Italians yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

June 29: Goethe-Institut Toronto - This House is Mine, by Dörte Hansen

September 28: Camoes Institute – The Shelf Life of Happiness, by David Machado

October 30: Istituto Italiano di Cultura - The Leopard, by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

November 30: Alliance française and Consulate General of France – Madame Bovary of the Suburbs, by Sophie Divry


Date: Da Thursday, February 23, 2017 a Thursday, November 30, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : Members of the European Union of National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) in Toronto

Entrance : Free


Full of Beans - 1348 Dundas St. West, Toronto