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Book Club Invite: Small Great Things

Join us for our next book club! Spend a relaxed evening chatting about the book (and often many other life topics!), with your favourite drink in hand.

Date: Tuesday, 18 April 2023

Time: 19:30

RSVP: by 17 April 2023

Member Cost: Free!

Guests: €5,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)


The mystery begins in the Readers’ Room

Tilburg International Club Expat Book Clubreview by Anne Durand

8 Feb 2023. We met to discuss the book The Readers’ Room, by Antoine Laurain. It is a short book, translated from French (everyone agreed the translation was excellent!), with a lot of suspense. We discussed how the author’s greatest source of inspiration – fairytales – might show up in the story, mental health, artificial intelligence and how art/fiction can inspire or even foretell (!!) reality. Overall, we quite liked the book, although not everyone was convinced about the ending. 

The Book

Like many of Laurain’s novels, this book centers on an object: a book. More specifically, a manuscript from a mysterious author that arrives at the reader’s room of a Parisian publishing house.


Movie in Review: Are we Living?

ticMovie Night Livingreview by Max Baumgart and Shiva Shekhar

27 Jan 2023. On a Friday night, some TIC folks met again at  Cinecitta for movie night. This time, „Living“ was on play. „Living“ is a 2022 British drama film, directed by Oliver Hermanus.

According to Wikipedia, it is adapted from a screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro that itself was adapted from the 1952 Japanese film Ikiru directed by Akira Kurosawa.

That one again was inspired by the 1886 Russian novella „The Death of Ivan Ilyich“ by Leo Tolstoy. What a chain of adaptations! Shouldn’t that be in itself already a good indicator of a great movie? At least story wise. (more…)

Book in Review: A New Twist on an Old Lesson

Tilburg International Club Expat Book Club

review by Anne van Oorschot

17 Jan 2022. “Your ability to change everything – including yourself – starts here” – ELIZABETH ZOTT

The Book

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans, the lonely, brilliant, Nobel-prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with – of  all things – her mind. True chemistry results.


A warm Welcome Back

by Katie Schweitzer

13 Jan 2023. The Welcome Back Borrel was a lot of fun. For the current members, we conducted some club business including voting in the new members of the board, myself included, and then afterward we had snacks and drinks and met some new people as well.


Book Discussion Review: 100th Book Celebration!

Tilburg International Club Expat Book Clubreview by Katie Schweitzer & Anne van Oorschot

18 Oct 2022. When the Tilburg International Club came into being back in March 2008, the Book Discussion group was created as well. Our first meeting was well attended and our first book was Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami. While members to the group have come and gone, we are still going strong and recently read our 100th book!

For our 100th book we read The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow and gathered together to discuss it. Since 100 books is no small feat, we also had a party to celebrate!


President’s Message – March 2023

Katie Schweitzer TIC President

Where are we now

Hi Everyone! As you know, I have taken over as President and as one of my new duties, I am writing my first president’s message. I feel a lot of responsibility taking on this leadership role in such a long-standing club, but I also have a lot of enthusiasm about how we can continue to do fun activities together and also ways we can  improve and grow.

So far this year we’ve had some great events, including the Welcome Back Borrel, which was a lot of fun. For the current members, we conducted some club business including voting in the new members of the board, myself included, and then afterward we had snacks and drinks and met some new people as well. We started the “Welcome Back” borrel originally after coming out of Covid lockdown, but it applied just as well to catching up after the holiday season, and I think it’s a nice new tradition.


Meet the board! tíc Treasurer

Dietrich Haas

In the summer of 2019, I was lucky that my German company offered me an expat position responsible for our internal accounting at our Tilburg automotive production plant. Since I had been abroad several times during my studies and for work before, I did not hesitate to accept this offer. I was keen on learning about our neighbouring country which I had only known until then for our close rivalry in soccer and for the constant flow of camper vans on our highways.

As to be expected, right from the start, every superficial stereotype was blown away and I really fell in love with the Dutch way of life, the people and the city. TIC had a significant share in this, providing a lot of helpful information in the beginning.


Meet the board! tíc President

Tilburg International Club Treasurer

tíc President, Katie Schweitzer

I have been living in the Netherlands since Aug 2017. I am originally from the US. I was raised outside of Philadelphia, PA, but moved to Washington, DC for my bachelor’s degree and then worked there for 5 years before moving to the Netherlands.

I knew I had wanted to move to Europe at some point. I had been going to Ireland to visit family – my mother is Irish – since I was a kid. But a study abroad semester in Germany really left a lasting impression. Not only did I love the lifestyle, I loved being able to travel to so many different countries, and experience different cultures, with only a short plane or train ride. (more…)

Join Book Club!

Expat Book Club

Are you up for a good discussion with a group of friendly book-lovers?

Would you like to expand your reading horizons by reading a book you may not have chosen yourself?

Do you want to spend a relaxed evening chatting about a book, and often many other life topics, with a cup of tea, coffee or perhaps glass of wine in your hand?

Join tíc’s Book Club where we meet up approximately once every 6 weeks to discuss the latest book pick by the group.


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