Book picks as published in the October 17, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Let Darkness bury the dead : a Murdoch mystery
By Maureen Jennings
A young man is found stabbed to death in the impoverished area of Toronto known as the Ward. Soon after, William Murdoch has to deal with a tragic suicide, also a young man. Two more murders follow in quick succession. The only common denominator is that all of the men were exempted from conscription. Meet Maureen Jennings at StarFest on October 20, 7 pm.
French exit : a tragedy of manners
By Patrick DeWitt
Frances Price – tart widow, possessive mother, and Upper East Side force of nature – is in dire straits, beset by scandal and impending bankruptcy. Her adult son Malcolm is no help. And then there’s the Price’s aging cat, Small Frank. One ocean voyage later, the curious trio land in their beloved Paris… See Patrick DeWitt at our StarFest event in the Arden Theatre on October 21, 2 pm.
Book picks as published in the October 10, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Trust : twenty reliable ways to build a better community
By David Johnston
Canada’s enduring success has been based on trust–trust in each other; in our businesses, organizations, and markets; and in our public institutions and the officials who run them. David Johnston identifies the 20 ways we can make ourselves, our organizations, and our institutions even more worthy of trust. See our former Governor General at StarFest in the Arden on October 17, 7 pm.
Our homesick songs : a novel
By Emma Hooper
The Connors have lived in the idyllic fishing village of Big Running, Newfoundland, for generations. But the fish have suddenly disappeared, causing Martha and Aidan Connor, parents to Finn and Cora, to travel north for work, spending months away as other residents abandon the village altogether. Meet the author at our StarFest event on October 18, 7 pm.
Book picks as published in the October 3, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Sofie & Cecilia : a novel
By Katherine Ashenburg
The story of a lifelong female friendship, set in the art world of Sweden between 1900 and 1940 and loosely based on the lives of celebrated artists Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn. Ashenburg transports us behind both the public and domestic scenes of these larger-than-life men to reveal the lesser-known but equally rich stories of the women who married them. Come to our StarFest event on October 15.
The Boat people : a novel
By Sharon Bala
An extraordinary novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage only to face the threat of deportation amid accusations of terrorism. The Boat People is a spellbinding and timely novel that provokes a deeply compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis. Meet the author at our StarFest event on October 16, 7 pm.
Book picks as published in the September 26, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Wildwood : a novel
By Elinor Florence
To earn her inheritance, a single mother from Arizona must spend a year enduring pioneer conditions in the remote Alberta backwoods. If she makes it through the year, she can sell the land to fund her daughter’s medical treatment. A local farmer hopes to stop her plan to sell to an oil company. See the author at our StarFest event on October 9, 7 pm.
Washington Black : a novel
By Esi Edugyan
Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born. When his master’s eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified. But “Titch” is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist. Hear more at our StarFest event on October 10, 7:30 pm.
Book picks as published in the September 19, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Starlight : a novel
By Richard Wagamese
The final novel from Richard Wagamese centres on an abused woman on the run who finds refuge and then redemption on a farm run by an Indigenous man with wounds of his own. A radiant novel about the redemptive power of love, mercy, and compassion – and the land’s ability to heal us. With astonishing scenes set in the rugged backcountry of the B.C. Interior.
Women talking : a novel
By Miriam Toews
Based on real events that happened in a remote Mennonite community where more than 100 girls and women were drugged and assaulted in the night. Although focussed on a particular time and place, the novel contains within its 48 hours and setting inside a hayloft an entire universe of the experience of women (and therefore men, too) in our contemporary world.