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Life / Friday, 8 Feb 2019

Book Club: Umbrellas of Cherbourg

The impetus for the Lars Book Club was to create a home for creatives reading creative-related books.In all honesty, it was a selfish move to hold me accountable for reading more. Over the years we’ve read some awesome books, but I started to notice that I wasn’t so thrilled with the movies I was spending my time on. They’re generally dictated to me through Netflix rather than seeking out visually stimulating or thoughtfully made films.  So, we decided to try something new out this month Hope you like it!–Brittany

Umbrellas of Cherbourg

After such a great response to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, whose movie had just reached theaters, we decided to try something new this year, and add another cultural and artistic aspect to Lars Book Club: movies! Movies can move us, enchant us, remain unforgettable, or just plain beautiful. We’ll post questions and have artwork just like each month we read a book, but instead we’ll be discussing a film! What do you think? Are you willing to try it?

February often makes us think of love in the air, so we’re starting this new idea off with the 1964 French musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Writer and director Jacques Demy displayed a bold new type of musical film, one where every word of dialogue is sung, and the whole movie is full of vibrant, almost jarring color. But although the film may be fabulous candy for the eye, there are tough decisions made and harsh realities to face in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

Follow along with us @larsbookclub as we chat about the movie this month!

Lars Book Club is led by Julie Richardson

Life + Projects + Uncategorized / Thursday, 31 Jan 2019

January book club artwork: Becoming

When we announced our book club book for January, I didn’t expect such enthusiasm behind it. I’m so glad! Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, really is inspiring regardless of politics. The book inspired our new series of interviews focused on women in creative positions. If you haven’t had a chance to read some of them, I encourage you to do so.

To support the book, I asked illustrator and artist, Cat Seto of Ferme à Papier to create an illustrative quote and she NAILED it. I love how it turned out. It reads, “Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.” It fits so well with our theme for the month, and you know what, we’re making it the theme of the year.

Learn how to print this free printable posters and bookmarks below!

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Life / Sunday, 6 Jan 2019

January book club: Becoming

Happy New Year, readers! We’re so excited for another year of discovering great books and culture with you all, not to mention sharing the work of an amazing artist each month! There will be printables, gorgeous photos, interviews, and fun discussions. Thanks for being here!

Without further ado, we’re starting this year off with a bang with our former first lady’s memoir, BecomingFrom her humble beginnings in Southside Chicago to her days in the White House, Michelle Obama shares the many life experiences that have shaped her. She’s humble, funny, and honest, as she observes what America is today and frankly asks each of us who we want to become. I started reading it over the break after listening to Oprah’s stellar interview on her podcast and I wasn’t able to put it down! We had another book lined up for January but I couldn’t think of a better book to inspire a fresh start to a new year. Her theme of “becoming” reinforces the idea that we are constantly evolving and can become anything we want to be. It’s so inspiring.

Follow along with us on @larsbookclub, where we’ll discuss quotes or sections from Becoming all month! Stay tuned for artwork later this month as well. Enjoy!

You can find the book here 

If you have any ideas of thoughts about the Lars Book Club, please leave them below!

 

Book Club + Life / Tuesday, 27 Nov 2018

November Book Club Art

November Book Club ArtReaders!! How have you liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? So many of you said you’d read it, and would read it again! Have you read the book and seen the movie (and which did you like better)? This book truly strikes a chord with so many of us, whether we relate to the book’s themes of loss, love, or uniting with others in the face of something dark and terrible. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows included some superb questions in the back of their book (really, they’ve touched on everything!), but here are some others we’d like to ask you! Please feel free to share your thoughts on Instagram @larsbookclub! This month’s fantastic artwork was illustrated by Emma Block and will have you dreaming of a cozy night in!

November Book Club Art

Discussion Questions

1. How did the book’s format of letters and telegrams influence the story? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not?

2. The book was filled with fabulous characters. Which one did you relate to the most? How were Dawsey and Markham V. Reynolds different, and what kind of influence did they have on Juliet?

3. How has a book or book club helped you make lasting personal connections? Do you think books really can find their way to you at just the time you need it?

November Book Club Art

Download the Book Print and Bookmark Here!

November Book Club Art

If you enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, you might like:

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner (a 2016 book club pick!)

The Summer Before the War: A Novel by Helen Simonson

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir: A Novel by Jennifer Ryan

 

Photography by Jane Merritt  |  Artwork by Emma Block 

Book Club + Life / Friday, 2 Nov 2018

November Book Club Book

November Book Club Book

November Book Club

Have you ever read a book at just the right time, when you needed it most in your life? Did it seem almost like that book serendipitously found you for a reason? Written words are powerful – they can change us, they can carry us through hard and good times, and they can bring people together. This month we’ll be reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Set during WWII on the small island of Guernsey located between southern England and France, this is a story of love, loss, and living amongst the enemy. A London writer finds a new subject to become passionate about as the Islanders try to move on after the Nazi occupation of their tranquil island. Told in reflective, heart-breaking, witty, and hilarious letters and telegrams, this book endears you to its amazing characters. If you haven’t read this yet, you’re in for a treat. If you have, read it with us again! It recently became a movie, but we promise the book is better. 😉 Stay tuned for artwork later this month, and follow along with @larsbookclub. We want to hear your thoughts! Enjoy!

Photography by Jane Merritt