Canada Reads 2018 @ the Library


Canada Reads returned to St. Albert Public Library with our 3rd annual Canada Reads panel!

Last year, over 60 people came to listen to what our local celebrity experts had to say in defence of their book, and added their own voices to the debate.  This year our panellists include Charmaine Brooks, Nolan Crouse, Julia Sorensen, Jesse Lipscombe, and returning champion Lynda Moffat.

Be part of a fun, stimulating evening, and help us decide what Canada’s Next Great Read will be.  Click here to register for this fun, free evening.

Friday March 23, 2018
7:00-9:00 pm
Forsyth Hall at St. Albert Public Library

Check out detailed information about the five contenders, and let us know which book you think should win!

American War by Omar El Akkad @ the Library

Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto @ the Library

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline @ the Library

Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson @ the Library

The Boat People by Sharon Bala @ the Library

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the March 15, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Glorious heresies

The Glorious Heresies : a novel

By Lisa McInerney

One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland’s post-crash society. Biting, moving and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies explores salvation, shame and the legacy of Ireland’s twentieth-century attitudes to sex and family. Winner of the 2016 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.



Lesser BohemiansThe Lesser Bohemians : a novel

By Eimear McBride

Upon arrival in London, an eighteen-year-old Irish girl begins anew as a drama student, with all the hopes of any young actress searching for the fame she’s always dreamed of. She struggles to fit in; then she meets an attractive older man. A captivating story of passion and innocence set across the bedsits of mid-nineties London, McBride holds new love under her fierce gaze.


St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the March 8, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Difficult womenDifficult women : short stories

By Roxane Gay

A collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection. The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. Wry, beautiful and haunting.



Bad girls throughout historyBad girls throughout history : 100 remarkable women who changed the world

By Ann Shen

The 100 revolutionary women highlighted here were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. From pirates to artists, warriors, daredevils, scientists, activists, and spies, the accomplishments of these incredible women vary as much as the eras and places in which they effected change.

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the March 1, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

circle-by-eggersThe Circle : a novel

By Dave Eggers

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. But what begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge. Movie release April 28.


zookeepers-wifeThe Zookeeper’s Wife : a war story

By Diane Ackerman

1939: the Germans have invaded Poland. The keepers of the Warsaw zoo, Jan and Antonina Zabinski, survive the bombardment of the city, only to see the occupiers ruthlessly kill many of their animals. Opposed to all the Nazis represented, the Zabinskis save as many as three hundred people from extermination. A moving and dramatic story of the power of empathy and the strength of love. Movie release March 31.


St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the February 22, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

15-dogs-coverFifteen Dogs : an apologue

By Andre Alexis

A bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto veterinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking and those who embrace the change. Shortlisted for Canada Reads.



waiting-for-first-lightWaiting for First Light : my ongoing battle with PTSD

By Romeo Dallaire

A no-holds-barred self-portrait of a top political and military figure whose nights are invaded by despair, but who at first light faces the day with the renewed desire to make a difference in the world. Dallaire, traumatized by witnessing genocide in Rwanda, reflects on the nature of PTSD and the impact of that deep wound on his life since 1994, and on how he motivates himself and others to humanitarian work despite his constant struggle. On the Canada Reads longlist.

Do you know about Canada Reads 2017 @ Sapl on Friday, March 17? Find out more here.