The Nairobi Non-Fiction Book Club is for people looking to read thoughtful intelligent books. If you like to read non-fiction this will be your place.
Each month we read a selected book and meet to discuss it. A facilitator leads the discussion and poses a series of prepared questions. Volunteer facilitators are welcome.
Each month members vote on a book in a meet up poll from a selection of books suggested by members. Books selected will cover a wide range of non-fiction topics. The winner becomes the selected book to be read at the next event (usually after 5-8 weeks).
Books that are selected for the poll should have a sufficient number of copies available in Kenya. An email is sent to members announcing the meet up once the book has been selected for this date. Stay tuned.
Discussion ground rules
What to say?. “Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary? Does it improve upon the silence?”
1. Respect the moderator’s direction. Someone has to direct verbal traffic. Moderators attempt to give everyone who wants to speak an opportunity, which also involves reigning in runaway discussions and sometimes favouring those in the group who haven’t spoken yet.
2. Stay focused on the book itself. It’s tempting to go off on a tangent on an interesting subject – especially one interesting to you. However, a book club is premised on discussing a SPECIFIC book, not a general subject area, and assumes that in general participants have read the book. You are welcome to attend if you haven’t read it but unless your comments relate to specific points in the book, keep them very brief, and in fairness to those who have read the book, refrain from asking others to recapitulate the content, so that we can maximize discussion time.
3. Try to be succinct. Sharing your thoughts is a great chance to express yourself – though if you go on too long, others may tune out. Two minutes is a good rule of thumb for a holding listeners’ attention. Challenge yourself to be succinct.