GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Summer festivals are over, but with school starting next week in Vaud and Geneva it is time for a series of popular autumn events. Please note that I am no longer updating the GenevaLunch events calendar, which will soon disappear from the site. I will occasionally feature a group of events here.
Morges book fair
Le Livre sur les quais, a celebration of books, is expected to pull in 20,000 people again, 4-6 September. Some 325 have been invited to take part and the three days offer a number of readings, theatre, and more.
The Geneva Writers Group is a partner this year and is promoting the English language side of the event:
“The invited English language authors will include Jonathan Coe, Amanda Hodgkinson, Helen Dunmore, Esther Freud, Chris Tsiolkas, Petina Gappah, Tessa Hadley, Paul Lynch, Louis de Bernieres, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Dimitri Elias Legere, Frank Westerman, Jenny Colgan, Peter Stamm, and from GWG Michele Baillat Jones, Patti Marxsen, Susan Tiberghien. Plus for children and teens, Kevin Crossley Holland.
The GWG will give two writing workshops, Travel Writing, Sunday, 13:30 (to be led by Jo Ann Rasch) and Writing Workshop for Teens Saturday 11:00 (to be led by Katie Hayoz). Workshops are free. Please register at email@example.com. Verify the time slot on final program at www.lelivresurlesquais.ch
Also on Saturday, there will be a dialogue about Biography and Autobiography, with Patti Marxsen and Susan Tiberghienscheduled at 11:00. And another about Translation, with Michele Baillat Jones and Patti Marxsen, scheduled at 17:15. These events are also free. Sign-ups on line, www.lelivresurlesquais.ch. Again verify time slot when final program is posted.
And great news: the GWG will have a program on the boat cruise from Geneva to Morges Sunday morning. We did this two years ago, the ride is beautiful. The cost from Geneva to Morges (including breakfast) is 20chf, and from Nyon to Morges 15chf.
– From Geneva to Nyon, Breakfast with GWG, featuring ten of our writers who published in the last year, presented by Jennifer Bew Ott. The boat leaves at 9:00, coffee and croissants will be served.
– From Nyon to Morges, Tessa Hadley will present her work and give a reading. She will be introduced by Jennifer Bew Orr. Tessa is one of the invited UK authors, who will also be teaching at the next Geneva Writers’ Conference March 18-20, 2016. The boat leaves Nyon at 10:15.
Note: I’m one of the Sunday cruise authors, giving a reading about wine along the shores of Lake Geneva from my book Vineglorious! Switzerland’s Wondrous World of Wines.
Register for the cruise: firstname.lastname@example.org
Swiss wines at the Vinea wine fair
The annual outdoor Swiss wines fair, Vinea, takes place 4 and 5 September, under tents in the beautiful Valais wine region. This is the events 22nd year and its popularity is centred around the relaxed atmosphere that lets visitors sample wines from all of the country’s wine regions.
From this year’s press release:
“A new architectural approach, which re-centres the event around the Hôtel de Ville in Sierre, clearly has appeal: as registration closes, the 2015 wine fair is fully booked. Taking part are … 72 individual producers and nearly 80 associations of grouped producers have made commitments to be present … Those holding stands include seven of the eight noteworthy winners of the title “Winery of the Year”, given by the Grand Prix du Vin Suisse. Also lined up are six associations that regroup wineries: AOP IGP Suisses, Clos Domaines et Châteaux, the Mondial du Chasselas, Schaffhauser Blauburgunderland, Sion Passion, Ticinowine.
Ticino will have a particularly strong presence this year because, in addition to tasting its wines, visitors will have a chance to sample cheese polenta from Locarno, Switzerland’s Ville du Goût 2015.
… The wine fair is designed to encourage friends to meet up and share a good time. A new space allows visitors to continue to enjoy themselves together during the evening, after the stands have closed. A cash Swiss wine bar and light foods restaurant will be open, with live music, from 19:00-23:00. This “after-event” will add a festive note to the wine fair.
Friday 4 September: 15:00-20:00, CHF30
Saturday 5 September: 11:00-19:00, CHF30
“after-event”, 4 and 5 September: 19:00-23:00, free entry with a VINEA wine fair ticket, or CHF10 entry per person
Classical music in magical settings
The Lake Geneva region is famous for its summer music concerts, but back-to-school doesn’t mean they are over. The September Musical held in a number of settings around Montreux and Vevey offers a fine selection of concerts, including some at the Chillon castle.
27 August – 8 September, prices vary depending on concerts
Matisse at the Gianadda Foundation
Review and details, GenevaLunch 19 August
Economic growth and climate protection
The Graduate Institute gears up with autumn speakers starting 28 August, 17:30, with Unilever’s CEO Paul Polman. Polman chairs the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and he’s a member of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. His presentation “explores the dynamics of the new climate economy, leading in to a discussion of the Global Commission’s latest “Better growth, better climate” report.”