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If you love books, there are four events coming up which should appeal.

The English Book Club who meet at Book In Bar will be discussing ‘The Spinning Heart’ by Irish novelist Donal Ryan.  It’s set in the aftermath of Ireland’s financial crisis and its effects on the people in one community.  It sounds a stimulating read.  Review here: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/nov/28/spinning-heart-donal-ryan-reviewThursday February 27th, 17:30.

The following day, the Poetry Corner, again at Book In Bar, will be reading the poetry (more…)

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Best-selling author Harlan Coben was due in Aix tomorrow, April 2nd, signing books at Librarie Goulard in the cours Mirabeau. Luckily I just double-checked the website and it has been cancelled. 

If you want to read about more local skulduggery than Coben’s usual baddies in New York and New Jersey, here is an interesting article about Aix mafia in L’express 28/2/2013 http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/societe/aix-en-provence-la-rancon-de-la-pegre_1225322.html  Thanks to Anne for this link.

CORSES_1362663840_82x110Understanding the local ambiance is fascinating for me.  I have never lived in a place with so many different groups bringing their own distinctive ways of life to the area.  La Provence has published one of their hors-series, Les Corses.  The sub-head is ‘Ils Ont Fait La Provence’ and they really have.  There are interviews with sailors, l’OM players, sports managers, lawyers and artists who all describe their roots back in Corsican villages. Migration has been going on for centuries, from the island to various parts of the south of France, but this accelerated after WW1when there were many unfilled posts in Provence in the civil service and in shipping.  The supplement profiles some of the people whose families were part of this wave and moved into the Panier in Marseille or La Ciotat.  They were mainly large families with extensive connections and so they quickly built up their businesses.  The supplement comes right up to date with info on Corsican delicacies – and les bonnes adresses corses in Marseille, Aix and Nice.  I found it very interesting!  3,50€.

There is also a new issue of ‘En Balade’ at the news kiosks.  Assuming that the sun is one day going to come out, this will be an excellent guide to walking in the Provencal countryside.  They have a list of ten hikes around scenic villages and also details on upcoming village fetes. 

If it does continue to rain this week, the cinema is always a good option. http://www.lescinemasaixois.com/films/prochainement

camusThere’s the adaptation of Camus’ autobiographical book ‘The First Man’ at the Renoir.  In VF and VO (Arabic I guess).

Then lots coming up on Wednesday.  ‘11.6’ is the story of Tony Musulin, security-van man of Lyon who decided, with 11.6m€ in the back to just keep driving……French only but stars Francois Cluzet who is just so watchable!  ‘Secondary Effects’ is the last film from Steven Soderbergh and has had good reviews. VO and VF. ‘Perfect Mothers’ stars Naomi Watts and Robin Wright as mothers who develop more than a passing interest in each other’s son….and finally there is ‘Quartet’ quarterwhich tells the story of a group of ex-opera singers in a retirement home who put on a special performance. In VO which should mean English but in the case of the wonderful Billy Connolly, maybe not…..

Finally, if you are trying to entertain children in this bad weather, here is a tip sent in.  “My boys went to a birthday party yesterday that was held in part at a Marseille indoor skate park, popularly known as Palais de la glace et de la glisse.   3 euros for the skateboard section, boards and scooters only, must have or can rent helmet  (apparently, BMX is possible but at different times): http://www.palaisomnisports-marseille.com/


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