Seniors Book Club October Selection

The Seniors Book Club will meet in the 2nd floor “Training Room” on Wednesday, October 12 at 2 pm. Our pick this month is The Prison Book Club, a memoir by Ann Walmsley.


About the book:

An attack in London left Ann Walmsley unable to walk alone down the street, and shook her belief in the fundamental goodness of people. A few years later, when a friend asked her to participate in a bold new venture in a men’s medium security prison, Ann had to weigh her curiosity and desire to be of service against her anxiety and fear.
But she signed on, and for eighteen months went to a remote building at Collins Bay Institution, meeting a group of heavily tattooed book club members without the presence of guards or security cameras. There was no wine and cheese, no plush furnishings. But a book club on the inside proved to be a place to share ideas and regain a sense of humanity.
From The Grapes of Wrath to The Cellist of Sarajevo, Outliers to Infidel, the book discussions became a springboard for frank conversations about loss, anger, redemption, and loneliness. The books changed the men and the men changed Walmsley. (Publisher)


Book Clubs for Inmates website

The book club at the big house: How reading makes a difference in prison (Globe and Mail)

The darkness inside Canada’s prisons: Michael Enright interviews Carol Finlay (podcast)

When an author visits a [prison] book club

Book review in the Globe and Mail

Book review in Quill and Quire 

Book review in the Winnipeg Free Press

Carol Finlay on The Morning Show (video)

Ann Walmsley website





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