St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the Oct. 23, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Homes, a refugee storyHomes : 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.


North-west is our motherThe 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.

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the Oct. 16, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Chop Suey NationChop 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 snowMoon 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!

Joanne’s Mystery Picks

The third sinThe Third Sin by Aline Templeton

When the body of a man is found in a car wreck on the Solway mud flats, it’s initially treated as an unfortunate accident.  That is until he’s identified as a man who was declared dead two years previously. DI Marjory (Big Marge) Fleming is called in to assist in the investigation, much to the chagrin of DI Len Harris who is relegated to following her lead.  

Her investigation finds that the dead man was part of a group called the Cyrenaics who believed that pleasure was the ultimate – until one of them died from an overdose.  The group disbanded, with some moving away, others disappearing, and one supposedly committing suicide. It is this last person who is now the center of their investigation.

Fleming and her team are tasked with investigating the recent death while having to review the case of the overdose death two years previously.  Their job is complicated enough without the constant hostility of Harris and his team who go as far as with-holding evidence with the aim of sabotaging the investigation.

A complicated case with complex characters leads to a whopping good mystery. Templeton is at the top of her game with this one.

5 Daggers
Joanne gives this “5 daggers out of 5”.

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the Oct. 9, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

frankimmelnewcoverNo Good Asking

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 Hoursshandimitchell

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.

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the Oct. 2, 2019 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

Break in Case of Emergency


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. 

My Year of Living Spiritually: From Woo-Woo to Wonderful – One Woman’s Secular Quest for a More Soulful Life


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.