Books Afoot in Cambridge, England
March 27-April 2 and April 7-13, 2015
We're heading back to England, ready to explore an area we haven't visited yet: East Anglia. Based in Cambridge, we'll read and discuss literature by women writers from the area and meet with some of them as well as other book people, visit libraries and bookstores, get to know the fascinating university city, and explore some of the surrounding countryside and coast.
READING. The list of books everyone will read and we'll discuss will be available soon; participants will also receive an extensive list of other interesting titles for further reading.
ACCOMMODATIONS. Our Cambridge home will be the women's college, Newnham. Located on a quiet street, the collge is just a block from the River Cam and a short walk from the center of the city and many of the oldest colleges. We'll be staying in comfortable student rooms, all singles.
GETTING AROUND. This is a Books Afoot trip, which means we like to walk, and that's how we'll get around in the city. For excursions into the surrounding areas we'll use local buses and trains. We'll do several hikes in the lovely countryside.
GETTING THERE. There is frequent service to Cambridge by bus from Heathrow Airport (about a three hour trip) and by rail from King's Cross station in London (about an hour).
SCHEDULE. Our first gathering will be at supper on the first day, and we'll end after breakfast on the last day.
FEE. The fee for the trip is $1625. Ensuite rooms (private bathroom) are available for a supplement of $160.
The cost covers room and board (single room, six nights, two meals each day), local transportation, fees, snacks, special events, book group facilitation. It does not include your transportation to and from Cambridge or expenses in Cambridge not related to our group activities.
REGISTRATION: Registrations will be accepted in the order received. A deposit of $300 is required. The process has changed, so please read the instructions carefully.
To register:, indicating your interest and including your name, address and phone number. If you plan to travel with someone who's also registering, include that person's name.
1. Send an email to
2. When we receive your email, we'll reserve a space for you as of that date, and we will send you a registration form by email
3. Print out the registration form, complete it, and mail it to us, with your deposit. (If you need a hard copy of the form, let us know and we'll mail you one.) Registration forms will be accepted only by postal mail.
Our refund policy: If you have to cancel, we can refund your full deposit and any other payment you might have made, less a $25 administrative fee, until Dec. 15. After that, we can refund a percentage of your payments (full details will be included in information to participants-or ask, if you need these details now).
THE GROUP. Participants in Book Groups on the Road come from all over. Some readers come with a friend, and some come alone-everyone leaves with a new group of friends. Group size for this trip is limited to 12 readers.
FACILITATOR will be Mollie Hoben, co-founder of Minnesota Women's Press, Inc. and its BookWomen Center for Feminist Reading. She has designed and facilitated our Book Groups on the Road for more than 17 years, including eight book trips in England.
BOOK GROUPS ON THE ROAD PHILOSOPHY
We believe literature and travel make a rewarding combination. Reading the literature from a place illuminates our exploration of it, and our exploring enriches our reading. We plan Book Groups on the Road so that participants will have a chance to:
Discover great books by women writers from the area, and talk about them in group discussion;
Explore the landscapes that inspired the writers and the cultures that shaped them;
Meet with local bookpeople, visit local book shops and libraries;
Enjoy the company of other book-loving travelers;
And, as in every good book group, learn about yourself in the process.
Exploring off the beaten path interests us, as does meeting new people, seeing new things, and facing surprises with equanimity. We go with the flow!
Each Book Group on the Road is unique, personally designed and led by us.
The BookWomen Center for Feminist Reading, Minnesota Women's Press, Inc.
970 Raymond Ave., Suite 201, St. Paul MN 55114
651-646-3968 x 305 firstname.lastname@example.org www.womenspress.com