Weekend Picks

Halloweenie Edition Vol. I

Good ghouls get together, break out the cocoa, and go full on cozy mode… it’s time to watch some spooky films!

Get Out

A young black man meets his white girlfriend’s parents at their estate, only to find out that the situation is much more sinister than it appears.


Don’t Breathe

A group of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong.


The Neon Demon

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has.


St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the October 11, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

First little bastard to call me grampsThe First little bastard to call me gramps : poems of the late middle ages

By Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson, winner of the Stephen Leacock medal for humour and former CBC Radio personality, delivers a “fresh and frisky” poetic take on transitioning into life as a retiree. His candid reflections on the trials, tribulations, and humiliations of growing old are funny, sharp, and irreverent. The StarFest event on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 pm is sold out.



seven fallen feathersSeven fallen feathers : racism, death, and hard truths in a northern city

By Tanya Talaga

From 2000 to 2011, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They were forced to leave home because there was no adequate high school on their reserves. Award-winning investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this northern city. Don’t miss this important StarFest event at the Arden on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 pm.

Joanne’s Mystery Picks


DI Ben Cooper seems very comfortable in his own skin these days even though his job as a DI means more responsibilities.  He’s settled into his new digs in Foolow and though the pain of losing his fiancé, Liz, still hurts, time is beginning to heal that wound.

When Reece Bower goes missing, Ben resurrects an old case and investigation.  Annette Bower, Reece’s wife, had gone missing ten years previously.  Reece was charged with her murder but when a witness came forward claiming to have seen Annette after her disappearance, the case against Reece was dismissed.  Everyone believed that Reece was guilty, but without a body, it was hard to prove anything.  And now Reece has gone missing and his new wife wants his disappearance investigated.  Ben’s investigation takes him into caves and abandoned mines, territory originally searched during the investigation into Annette Bower’s death.

Falling somewhere between a thriller and a “cosy”, Booth’s latest in the Cooper & Fry series provides us with a satisfactory story.  There aren’t any graphic or grisly scenes of bodies and no real “eureka” moments, but what we do see is the painstaking work that policing often is.

Weekend Picks

Friday the 13th Ed.

Local poets celebrated today with a poetic massacre as they wielded scissors and cut into their will to be weird at a cut up poetry workshop for teens. You too can discover the eccentric and most peculiar with some movie picks on the master of the cut-up technique, William S. Burroughs.

William S. Burroughs: a man within

William Burroughs: the Beats éminence grise, “literary outlaw,” culture hero to generations of poets, musicians, artists, and filmmakers who had their minds blown by his 1959 classic, banned-in-America “Naked Lunch.” This film covers his life in a straightforward manner, but the portrait drawn is at odds with the character who wrote in outlandish graphic detail about then-forbidden sexuality in the 1950s and ’60s.


Naked Lunch

A part-time exterminator writes of his drug induced fantasy world where he confronts giant talking bugs.


Kill your Darlings

A story of friendship, love, and murder in the early 1940s. The story recounts the pivotal year that changed Allen Ginsberg’s life forever and provided the spark for him to start his creative revolution. Based on true events and characters.




St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the October 11, 2017 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

his whole lifeHis whole life : a novel

By Elizabeth Hay

Ten-year-old Jim and his Canadian mother and American father are on a journey from New York City to a lake in eastern Ontario, charting the deepening bond between mother and son even as the family comes apart. An exploration of how members of a family can hurt each other, yet find openings of love and forgiveness. Come to our StarFest event on Friday, Oct. 20 at 7 pm.



Trial in VeniceA Trial in Venice : a novel

By Roberta Rich

The thrilling conclusion to the best selling historical trilogy by Roberta Rich. Set five years after “The Harem Midwife,” Hannah is forced back to Venice. Her beloved adopted son Matteo has been kidnapped and is in danger once more. And this time, so is Hannah. See this StarFest author at the library on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7 pm.