We can’t speak 100 languages. We can do the next best thing: align our brains in the thought patterns, progressions, and images those languages produce. We can read books in translation. And that’s why wetarted the Grackle and Grackle Book Club. Join us in the discussion of (mostly) contemporary books-in-translation.
The Book of Everything.
The Book of Everything
by Guus Kuijer.
Translated from the Dutch by John Nieuwenhuizen.
At no risk of hyperbole, this lives among the most perfect, most sparkling books I’ve ever read. While it is a YA book, it deals with issues of abuse. But it is also a happy book, a sort of impossible book I love. It is timely.
Yoko Towada wrote Memoirs of a Polar Bear in Japanese, then translated it to German. Susan Bernofsky
translated it into English. Towada blurs the lines between animals and humans, freedom and imprisonment, mothers and children in her quest to discover what it is to live. It is slim, but it took me a long time to read. Precocious teens may like. Here is the link to the New York Times Book Review of it.
This book club selection is the harks-back-to-the-golden-age-of-sci-fi epic novel from Cixin Liu. President Obama called it “wildly imaginitive” in his interview with the New York Times Book Editor. It is a page-turner full of empathetic characters and big questions, winner of the Hugo Award, and just what you want to kick off the summer with. A good beginning for the summer reads.The Three-Body Problem was written in Chinese by Cixin Liu, and translated to English by Ken Liu. Read more about it here.
(July &) August 9.
Head of the Saint was written by Brazilian writer Soccoro Accioli, and translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn. It tells the story of a young boy on a quest to find his family in a small village after the deat of his mother. I’ll post a full review in a couple weeks, until then this is a nice start. This is a YA novel adults will also love.
A General Theory of Oblivion was written by Angolan author Jose Eduardo Aguilusa, and is also translated by Daniel Hahn. It recently won the Mann Booker Prize. Read more about it here.
Antígona González is a novel in poems, written in Spanish by Sara Uribe and translated by Houstonian John Pluecker. It tells the story of a woman looking for the body of her disappeared brother, and it was longlisted for the Best Translated Books Award in 2017. Read more about it here. Hopefully, he’ll join the book club and talk translation with us.
Payment Information: We’ll have a donation jar in the room where you can pay a suggested price of $10 a class; if you can’t pay, or want to donate less, that’s okay. We want you here! In either event, if you intend to join follow this link to a page that looks like this, but at the bottom there is a registration button! Registration is free — but do let us know if you’re coming!
Congregation Emanuel on Sunset at Mandell is offering free childcare for parents trying to clean up. Children must be toilet trained. (FILLED)
City Art Works Parents whose children are not in school the week of September 6-9th may bring them to City ArtWorks studios in Spring Branch for art classes from 10am to noon Tuesday through Friday. Children who show proof of free-lunch certificates or whose homes have flooded are welcomed at no charge. All others will be registered at a reduced rate for $120 for the four days of two hour-classes.
Conmigo With HISD and other schools out again next week, Conmigo Spanish is hosting a “Harvey Day Camp” next Friday, Sept 8th from 9 – 2 p.m. $50 per child. Ages 4-8. Register by emailing email@example.com. Spots are limited to first 20.
Discover Gymnastics Due to HISD’s postponed school start date with affects from Hurricane Harvey, we will be offering Camp on Tuesday, Sept.5th through Friday, Sept.8th. Full Days and Half Days are available. Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up will NOT be available. Limited spaces open for Camp next week. Please call us at 713-680-0045 if you need to enroll in Camp.
Gymboree I received an email from Sarah on the list you guys are compiling and wanted to share that all 4 of the Gymboree centers are open and hosting community open gym from 9:00-2:00. We are going to be open Sat, Sun and even on labor day to invite families in. This is the least we can do to give back to the community.
Mad Science Price varies according to location. Between 100 and 250 dollars.
Language Kids We have reopened a Spanish immersion summer camp at the Bellaire location for next week. We know many parents are struggling with the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. Some parents are dealing with flooded homes and other parents need to get back to work, and most school districts have postponed the start of classes until September 11. Children need to get back into a routine, but also to have fun, play and learn. We hope this can help. If your home was flooded, we can provide your child with a scholarship. (FILLED)
Nature Discovery Center — I heard they are offering classes, but cannot find a link. (FILLED)
Rice University is working on a program for its staff. I imagine other companies are, too.
Texas Rock Gym $65 a day, $290 a week Please plan to pack a lunch and snacks. If circumstances make it difficult for you to do so, just let us know ahead of time and we will make arrangements to have food for your child. Due to staffing limits we will have to cap participation to 50 kids per day.
The Tailored Teacher Drop off care for demo work or just a parent break after the week. We will be available Saturday 9/2, and Monday, 9/4- Friday 9/8. Follow this link to sign up. Select Parents Night Out (yes, we know it’s actually for Day!) and the day and time you will be dropping your children off. https://www.tailoredteacherllc.com/book-online
University of Houston:
UH is providing a Child Watch Program for Students, Faculty and Staff at the Campus Rec Center, from Tues through Thurs. The program is FREE and will serve kids ages 5-12 years of age. Space, as you can imagine, is limited. Registration is strongly encouraged and will be taken by phone at 713-743-9506 on a first come, first serve basis beginning Sunday, Sept. 3, from 12 – 5 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 4, between 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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