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Bridge Culture Club in August features WWII novel ‘Once We Were Here’

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Bridge Culture Club returns in August with a historical fiction novel set during World War II, “Once We Were Here” by author and Grand Rapids native Christopher Cosmos, who will join readers to discuss his book.


A novel and sweeping romance, “Once We Were Here” is a tale of how Greece helped the Allies to win World War II. The story pays tribute to the men and women who fought and sacrificed for their country, for each other and for freedom.


Please bring your lunch and join Bridge Culture Club to discuss the book on Zoom from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m Wednesday, Aug. 16. You’ll have an opportunity to submit questions for Cosmos during the event. Bridge membership and engagement director Amber DeLind will moderate this discussion.

To receive an invitation and Zoom link to this discussion, please complete this event registration form

Here’s our schedule

  • Book announced: July 11
  • First discussion questions on Parts 1 and 2 posted on Bridge Culture Club closed Facebook group: July 28
  • Second discussion questions on Part 3 posted on Bridge Culture Club closed Facebook group: August 4
  • Third discussion questions on Part 4 and the epilogue posted on Bridge Culture Club closed Facebook group: August 11
  • Live Zoom discussion: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. August 16

How to get the book

For Bridge Club members: We will provide an e-version of the selected book as a membership benefit. If you’re not already a member: Join today for as little as $1 and support our nonprofit newsroom. Members will receive a link to their free book via email from membership and engagement director Amber DeLind.

If you are not a Bridge Club member but would like to borrow the book or buy the book: You can order “Once We Were Here” from Cosmos’ website, visit your library or download it from a Michigan library system to an e-reader or smartphone via Libby. The book may also be available at local bookstores, some of which offer curbside pickup. Call your local bookstore to inquire.


How to take part in the online discussion

Please join our closed Facebook group by clicking here to participate in weekly discussions of the book in the lead-up to our Zoom event. Bridge Michigan staff will approve your membership in this closed group. 

Over the next several weeks, we will post discussion questions about sections of the book’s chapters, and group members will be invited to interact with our team and with one another. See the box above for a schedule.

Participation in these weekly discussions is not required to participate in the Zoom discussion.

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