Book picks as published in the Oct. 23, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Homes : a refugee story
By Winnie Yeung & Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah
A young boy recounts what it was like living in Syria during the civil war — the normal things like video games, sleepovers, and family jarringly juxtaposed with the constant threat of what could happen next. It also recounts both the gratefulness and the loneliness of the family’s immigration experience in Edmonton. The Oct. 27 StarFest event with the authors is sold out.
The North-West is our mother : The Story of Louis Riel’s People, the Metis Nation
By Jean Teillet
There is a missing chapter in the narrative of Canada’s Indigenous peoples–the story of the Métis Nation. Their story begins in the last decade of the eighteenth century in the Canadian North-West. Within forty years they were famous throughout North America for their military skills, their nomadic life and their buffalo hunts. Meet the author at our StarFest event on Oct. 28, 7 pm.
Book picks as published in the Oct. 16, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Chop Suey Nation : the Legion Cafe and other stories from Canada’s Chinese restaurants
By Ann Hui
In 2016, Globe and Mail reporter Ann Hui drove across Canada to write about small-town Chinese restaurants and the families who run them. Using her own family’s story as a touchstone, she explores the importance of these quintessentially Canadian restaurants in the country’s history. The StarFest event with Ann Hui on Friday, Oct. 25 is sold out.
Moon of the crusted snow : a novel
By Waubgeshig Rice
A daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice. With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. StarFest event tickets for Oct. 26 are still available!
Book picks as published in the Oct. 9, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
By Fran Kimmel
Attempting to heal their fractured family, Eric and Ellie Nyland move everyone back to Eric’s rural childhood home. When they discover that a young girl in their neighbourhood is being abused, the Nylands take her in while she waits for a new home. The story adeptly explores the way the girl and the family impact each other.
Learn more from Fran Kimmel about this powerful tale and others when she joins us for STARFest 2019 on Oct. 22 at 7 PM.
The Waiting Hours
By Shandi Mitchell
The Waiting Hours tells the interconnected stories of a 911 dispatcher, a police officer and a trauma nurse who work the tense hours between 3 and 6 AM, when emergency calls are typically most dire. Set during a heat wave with the threat of a hurricane looming, all three characters become enmeshed in a situation that will have life-altering consequences.
Join us on Oct. 24 at 7 PM to experience Shandi Mitchell in conversation with Jacqueline Baker for STARFest 2019.
Book picks as published in the Oct. 2, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
By Brian Francis
Toby has experienced significant loss in her young life, and struggles to let even her closest friends in. When the father that abandoned her returns, she learns that he is gay and a drag queen, and that he is totally unprepared to parent her. Toby discovers a more hopeful path through the support of her flawed but loving friends and family.
Experience Brian Francis is conversation with Mia Soetaert, a local LGBTQ advocate, on Oct. 20 at 2 PM.
By Anne Bokma
Seeking an alternative to the frenetic pace of daily life, Bokma endeavours on a year-long journey to find her own definition of spirituality. Raised in a fundamentalist Christian home, Bokma’s experiments in spiritual practices, which range from experiments with magic mushrooms to forest therapy, shift her outlook and mindset in surprising ways.
Join us on Oct. 21 at 7 PM to learn more from Anne Bokma when she joins us for STARFest 2019.
Book picks as published in the Sept. 25, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
By Linden MacIntyre
A compelling account of the devastation caused by the tsunami which hit Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula in 1929. Beyond the immediate devastation, MacIntrye unpacks the consequences resulting from the destruction of the local fishing industry as workers turned to mining for a steady income. When the mines in the area turned out to be radioactive, many more people died or suffered through shortened lives.
Come enjoy Linden MacIntyre in conversation with Ken Davis on Oct. 18 at 7:30 PM as part of STARFest 2019.
By Amy Jones
Ava and Mags are living out their personal dramas on the public stage. As the reluctant star of her family’s reality TV show, Ava is dealing with the unwanted consequences of fame, while Mags is a struggling musician whose personal demons rise the surface after a traumatic event. Ava and Mags develop an unlikely friendship which empowers them to reclaim their narratives.
Learn more from Amy Jones about her life and work when she joins us on Oct. 19 at 7 PM as part of STARFest 2019.