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.
Book picks as published in the Sept. 18, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
By David Bezmozgis
David Bezmozgis’ collection of short stories explores the lives of Jewish immigrants as they navigate their adopted homeland amidst the lingering effects of the past. From long-forgotten letters that unearth a secret life to tech innovations that allow people to visit their past, the stories highlight the diversity and complexity of immigrant lives. Learn more from Bezmozgis on his life and work on Oct. 16 at 7 pm in Forsyth Hall. Tickets for this and all StarFest events are on sale at the Library or on Eventbrite.
By Emma Donoghue
Noah, a retired professor, is looking forward to a vacation in the French Riviera when he is notified at the last minute that his great-nephew, 11-year-old Michael, needs a home temporarily. Truly an odd couple, the two of them argue over everything on their trip. As they learn more about their family’s past, they discover that they are more similar than they could have imagined. Experience Donoghue in conversation with Paula Simons at the Arden on Oct. 17 at 7:30 pm.
Book picks as published in the Sept. 11, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Break : a novel
By Katherena Vermette
When a Métis woman sees a possible crime she telephones the police. Told from the perspectives of various people connected to this violence in a Metis community, we hear their stories leading up to that fateful night. Join us for our first StarFest event of the season with Katherena Vermette on Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 pm in Forsyth Hall. Tickets at the library or on Eventbrite.
All the wrong places : a novel
By Joy Fielding
Drive to desperation by divorce, boredom, infidelity, or a beloved husband’s death, a young woman named Paige, her cousin and rival Heather, her best friend Chloe, and her mother, Joan, all decide to try their hand at online dating. One of them unwittingly makes a date with a killer. Experience Joy Fielding in conversation with mystery author Janice MacDonald at the Arden on Oct. 15, 7:30 pm.