MET Book Club

MET Book Club

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Are you keen to read more in your source and target languages? Would you like to discuss your reading with friends and colleagues from MET? Join the MET Book Club!

The Book Club began as a companion to METM20, with a reading list focused on Basque literature and culture. Once 2021 arrived, we broadened our horizons and diversified our reading list.


About once a month, we meet on Zoom to discuss the selected book. Because members choose whether to read in the original or in translation, the mix of languages adds extra linguistic spice to our spirited discussions.

Current reads and upcoming discussion dates
We're now on summer hiatus! At our meeting in September we'll discuss what we read over the summer and pick some autumn reads. If you're keen to read some of the books doctored by METM22 keynote Sally O-J, check out her list of authors.

Date: Tuesday, 6 September 2022 at 18:00 (Madrid time)

On Tuesday evenings during November-March and between group discussion sessions, we gather our books and a beverage and meet on Zoom to read in companionable silence for an hour, starting at 18:00 (Madrid time).

We have a private, MET-members-only Facebook group, where we exchange impressions and resources about the reading picks and stay abreast of the silent reading and discussion events. We also maintain a running list of member-recommended reads for those not on Facebook.

If you have any questions about the Book Club, contact Kit Cree.

2022 reads

  • The Faraway Nearby – Rebecca Solnit
  • No One Is Talking About This – Patricia Lockwood
  • Jews Don't Count – David Baddiel
  • Wide Sargasso Sea – Jean Rhys
  • Go, Went, Gone – Jenny Erpenbeck

2021 reads

  • Girl, Woman, Other – Bernardine Evaristo
  • The Shadow King – Maaza Mengiste
  • An Unnecessary Woman – Rabih Alameddine
  • Beowulf: A New Translation – Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart
  • Stories of Your Life and Others – Ted Chiang
  • Born a Crime – Trevor Noah

2020 reads

  • Martutene – Ramón Saizarbitoria
  • Obabakoak (Obaba) – Bernardo Atxaga
  • Patria (Homeland) – Fernando Aramburu