CIR Book Clubs

Great reads and great discussions. CIR is proud to host two book clubs, one that focuses on non-fiction works and the other on fiction. We think both are indispensable to the global citizen.

Non-Fiction Club

Six times a year, members of the non-fiction book club select and discuss a book, which provides insights into current and historical international issues. Meetings are typically held at 5:00 pm on the first Tuesday of odd-numbered months, at the CIR office:  413 Grant Avenue, Suite D.  The office is just north of Paseo de Peralta and right next to the concrete bridge that joins Grant with Rosario Street.

Call Virginia McCallum, Book Club Coordinator, for more information: 515-290-1221, vleemcc@gmail.com.

Also if you have suggestions for future book selections, let Virginia know.  We’re always interested in recommendations.

The book selection for May 2017 is:

The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev’s Freedom to Putin’s War

by Arkady Ostrovsky

WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE LIONEL GELBER PRIZE
FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

“For better or for worse, Mr. Putin has forced the world to reckon with a surly and combative Russia again. Mr. Ostrovsky provides a much needed, dispassionate and eminently readable explanation of how it happened.” An insider’s story about how Russian contest of ideas, myths, and invented histories shaped Russia once Communist rule crumbled.

Fiction Book Club

New for 2017, the Fiction Book Club explores culture through story and imagination. We agree completely with the statement from Adm. James Stavridis at our 2016 Gala that reading fiction is essential to our cultural consciousness. This first meeting has been RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, February 2 at 2pm here at CIR’s offices as we discuss our inaugural book: The Orphan Master’s Son.orphan-masters-son

The Orphan Master’s Son is a 2012 novel by American author Adam Johnson. It deals with intertwined themes of propaganda, identity and state power in North Korea. The novel was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

443 pages. Published in 2012.

Join us on the 30th! Email Sandy <sandy@sfcir.org> if interested in joining us.