About Book Surfing

Frequently asked questions
From literature we learn and explore, we reach different dimensions and discover new frontiers. Surfing invites freedom, it is flexible and enjoyable. BookSurfing is the mix of both, inviting strangers to learn and explore about each other in a comfortable and limitless environment.
BookSurfing is a leisure activity that encourages openness toward other human beings of any religion, race or gender. Everyone is invited to join, with no exceptions.
At a book club, participants know each other and meet together in order to discuss a book read by all members ahead of the meeting.
With BookSurfing, you experience something different from one surf to the next: Participants change, and the texts they bring with them are short and known only to them before the surf.
BookSurfing wants strangers to meet, both physically, intellectually and emotionally.
The texts allow participants who haven't met before to get to know each other. This is done through listening to each participant as they read their text aloud, and through the conversation that follows.The text choice speaks a lot about a person, their interests and their way of thinking; this is a great way of breaking the ice, and let the meeting begin.
Tel Aviv was home to the first surf, on June 6th 2013,hosted and moderated by its founder the Israeli author Raz Spector. Since then Raz has started and developed other BookSurfing groups in Israel and abroad. Each group is managed by one or more local admins. These admins are in charge of expanding their group, finding homes and other spaces to host future surfs, and arranging moderators for them.
Yes! The only restriction is size – the text you bring should be no more than a page and a half of a book (about 450 words). This is done in order to allow people to "absorb" the text while listening to it. The idea is that everyone brings texts that have some special meaning for them. Most of what you'll probably hear are poems and other literary texts, but there were those who brought emails, SMS texts, dedications, gardening instructions, birthday greetings and other totally non-literary texts.
Our experience has shown that with over 8 participants – it's difficult to create intimacy; and with less than 6 – the surf is less diverse and therefore less interesting.
Moderators assume responsibility for the surf – from inviting participants, through time keeping during the surf, to posting a summary. Yet they take part in the surf exactly like the other participants.
In principle, yes, however s/he must be trained, mentored and given feedback to by an experienced moderator.
Munching, mainly during the break, of the good food brought by the participants and presented by the host. And of course participants mingle and create a variety of social connections that go beyond the surf itself
If time allows, two rounds of reading may be held. In addition, sometimes the dynamics that develops somehow makes the "reserve" text even more relevant.
The moderator draws a list of participants out of those registered for the surf. S/he aims at creating a gender-balanced group as well as a diverse one (young and old; new and veteran surfers).
On average there are about 25 people registering to each surf, yet only 8 can take part (including the host and moderator). We recommend that you mention that you're new to BookSurfing when you register.
Most surfs last about 3.5 hours, including the break.
It is always advisable to let the moderator know of each delay. If it is a short one (up to 15 minutes), usually the moderator will wait for the late arrival. In case of a longer delay, or not being able to come at all, it is critical that you inform the moderator as early as possible, so that s/he can invite another participant.

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