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.
Book picks as published in the Sept. 4, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Albatross : a novel
By Terry Fallis
Adam is your average high-school student–well, except for that obsession with fountain pens–when his life changes forever. Based on a study by a quirky Swedish professor that claims that every human being, regardless of athletic inclination, has a body that is suited to excel in at least one sport, it turns out that Adam is good–very good, in fact–at golf. But here’s the catch: Adam doesn’t really like golf.
Aria : a novel
By Nazanine Hozar
Nazanine Hozar’s stunning debut takes us inside the Iranian revolution–but seen like never before, through the eyes of an orphan girl. Through Aria, we meet three very different women who are fated to mother the lost child: reckless and self-absorbed Zahra, wealthy and compassionate Fereshteh, and finally, the mysterious, impoverished Mehri, whose connection to Aria is both a blessing and a burden.
Book picks as published in the August 28, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
The Innocents : a novel
By Michael Crummey
A brother and sister are orphaned in an isolated cove on Newfoundland’s northern coastline. Still children with only the barest notion of the outside world, they have nothing but the family’s boat and the little knowledge passed on haphazardly by their mother and father to keep them. This novel is richly imagined and an unflinching exploration of the bond between brother and sister.
If, then : a novel
By Kate Hope Day
In the quiet haven of Clearing, Oregon, four neighbors find their lives upended when they begin to see themselves in parallel realities. Startling, deeply imagined, and compulsively readable, Kate Hope Day’s debut novel is about the choices we make that shape our lives and determine our destinies–the moments that alter us so profoundly that it feels as if we’ve entered another reality.