Monday Evening Book Club Christmas Party Book Talks

Our book talks generated an interesting  list of  favorite reads this year, both fiction and nonfiction. There are some great suggestions for holiday reading, and all titles are available from the library.

Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood – (Kathy)

Food for the Gods by Karen Dudley – (Michelle)

The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper – (Michelle)

Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – (Erin P)

Road Ends by Mary Lawson – (Luise)

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake – (Stena)

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – (Lynn)

Heaven is for Real; a little boy’s astounding story of his trip to heaven and back by Todd Burpo – (Lynn)

The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith – (Lynn)

Private Altars by Katherine Mosby – (Erin V)

Wild Swans; three daughters of China by Jung Chang – (Madeleine)

Madness Vase; a collection of poetry by Andrea Gibson – (Ewa)

And the Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini – (Linda R)

Angela’s Ashes; a memoir of a childhood by Frank McCourt – (Linda-Marie)

Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole – (Iris)

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – (Julie)

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened; a mostly true memoir by Jenny Lawson – (Julie)

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel – (Sandra)

Monday Evening Book Club Christmas Party

BookTree1The Monday Evening Book Club will meet Monday, December 9 at 7 pm in Forsyth Hall for our Christmas Party. Please bring a plate of treats to share, a wrapped new or gently used book for our “secret” book exchange, and be prepared to give a brief talk about a book you enjoyed this year outside of our book club reads.

This is always a fun time. Hope you can join us!

Sandra and Luise

Monday Evening Book Club November Selection

ChaperoneThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet Monday, November 18 at 7 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty.

The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922 and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever. For Cora, the city holds the promise of discovery that might answer the question at the core of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in this strange and bustling place she embarks on a mission of her own. And while what she finds isn’t what she anticipated, she is liberated in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of Cora’s relationship with Louise, her eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive. Drawing on the rich history of the 1920s,’30s, and beyond–from the orphan trains to Prohibition, flappers, and the onset of the Great Depression to the burgeoning movement for equal rights and new opportunities for women–Laura Moriarty’s The Chaperone illustrates how rapidly everything, from fashion and hemlines to values and attitudes, was changing at this time and what a vast difference it all made for Louise Brooks, Cora Carlisle, and others like them.

Monday Evening Book Club October Selection

Painted GirlsThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet Monday, October 21st at 7 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan.

Paris, 1878. Following their father’s sudden death, the Van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without his wages, and with the small amount their laundress mother earns disappearing into the absinthe bottle, eviction from their lodgings seems imminent. With few options for work, Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opera, where for a scant seventeen francs a week, she will be trained to enter the famous Ballet. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds work as an extra in a stage adaptation of Émile Zola’s naturalist masterpiece L’Assommoir. Marie throws herself into dance and is soon modelling in the studio of Edgar Degas, where her image will forever be immortalized as Little Dancer Aged 14. Meanwhile, Antoinette, derailed by her love for the dangerous Émile Abadie, must choose between honest labour and the more profitable avenues open to a young woman of the Parisian demimonde. Set at a moment of profound artistic, cultural and societal change, The Painted Girls is a tale of two remarkable sisters rendered uniquely vulnerable to the darker impulses of “civilized society.” In the end, each will come to realize that her salvation—her survival, even—lies with the other.  (source:

Visit the author’s website for more about the book.

Listen to a podcast interview with Cathy Marie Buchanan.

Read a review of the Painted Girls.

Join us at St Albert Public Library’s STARFest, October 23rd  at 7:00 pm in Forsyth Hall, to meet Cathy Marie Buchanan who will be discussing her bestselling novel, Painted Girls.

Monday Evening Book Club September Selection

419The Monday Evening Book Club will meet September 9th at 7 pm in the Training Room to discuss Will Ferguson‘s novel “419“, the 2012 winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize for fiction.

From internationally bestselling travel writer Will Ferguson, author of Happiness™ and Spanish Fly, comes a novel both epic in its sweep and intimate in its portrayal of human endurance. A car tumbles through darkness down a snowy ravine. A woman without a name walks out of a dust storm in sub-Saharan Africa. And in the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel scours the Internet, looking for victims.

Lives intersect. Worlds collide. And it all begins with a single email: “Dear Sir, I am the daughter of a Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help…

Will Ferguson takes readers deep into the labyrinth of lies that is 419, the world’s most insidious Internet scam.

When Laura Curtis, a lonely editor in a cold northern city, discovers that her father has died because of one such swindle, she sets out to track down—and corner—her father’s killer. It is a dangerous game she’s playing, however, and the stakes are higher than she can ever imagine. Woven into Laura’s journey is a mysterious woman from the African Sahel with scars etched into her skin and a young man who finds himself caught up in a web of violence and deceit.

And running through it, a dying father’s final words: “You, I love.

Visit Will Ferguson’s Homepage

Watch an interview with Will Ferguson

A Map of Nigeria

The story of the real Amina Lawal

Read a Wikipedia article about Nigerian email scams

RCMP information on scams and fraud