Monday Evening Book Club November Selection

Life after lifeThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet November 10th at 7 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss the intriguing historical novel Life after life by British author Kate Atkinson.


On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula’s apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its destiny? And if she can–will she?

Kate Atkinson’s homepage

Reading Guide

Discussion questions

New York Times review

Youtube video of an author interview

Chatelaine Q & A with Kate Atkinson

Seniors Book Club October Selection

Somewhere in FranceThe Seniors Book Club will meet Wednesday, October 8th at 2:00 pm in the Training Room to discuss Somewhere in France by featured STARFest author Jennifer Robson.

About the book…

A daring young woman will risk her life to find her destiny in this atmospheric, beautifully drawn historical debut novel—a tale of love, hope, and danger set during the First World War.

Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford wants to travel the world, pursue a career, and marry for love. But in 1914, the stifling restrictions of aristocratic British society and her mother’s rigid expectations forbid Lilly from following her heart. When war breaks out, the spirited young woman seizes her chance for independence. Defying her parents, she moves to London and eventually becomes an ambulance driver in the newly formed Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps—an exciting and treacherous job that takes her close to the Western Front.

Assigned to a field hospital in France, Lilly is reunited with Robert Fraser, her dear brother Edward’s best friend. The handsome Scottish surgeon has always encouraged Lilly’s dreams. She doesn’t care that Robbie grew up in poverty—she yearns for their friendly affection to become something more. Lily is the most beautiful—and forbidden—woman Robbie has ever known. Fearful for her life, he’s determined to keep her safe, even if it means breaking her heart.

In a world divided by class, filled with uncertainty and death, can their hope for love survive. . . or will it become another casualty of this tragic war?


STARFest Author Event   Visit with Jennifer Robson!

Jennifer Robson’s website

Author Interview

Review of Somewhere in France

Discussion Questions

The Great War: 100 years ago







New name, more content – our blog is growing!

GrowthOur blog has found a new home in the “Reader’s Corner” on the library website. We’re expanding our reach beyond our book clubs to bring you up-to-date information and musings about a wide range of literary news and events of interest to all St. Albert readers.

We welcome our new audience and appreciate any comments!

After-Hours at the Library with Angie Abdou

Friday, September 12th, 7 pmAbdou Between Cover

Abdou for city intranetAngie Abdou last visited the library in 2011 when her dark comedic novel, The Canterbury Trail was released. At that time her first novel, The Bone Cage was also being defended on CBC’s Canada Reads.  Join Angie after hours at the Library September 12 when she returns with Between, her newest satirical novel. Between explores the complexities of class, gender, marriage and parenthood when an upper middle class North American family hires a foreign nanny –  with jaw-dropping results. Reception to follow.  Give us a call  (780-459-1682) or visit the 2nd Floor Information Desk to reserve a spot.

Seniors Book Club September Selection

Burgess BoysThe Seniors Book Club will resume on September 10 at 2 pm in the Training Room. Our book choice for this month is The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout.

Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” wrote The New Yorker on the publication of her Pulitzer Prize–winning Olive Kitteridge. The San Francisco Chronicle praised Strout’s “magnificent gift for humanizing characters.” Now the acclaimed author returns with a stunning novel as powerful and moving as any work in contemporary literature.

Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan—the Burgess sibling who stayed behind—urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.

With a rare combination of brilliant storytelling, exquisite prose, and remarkable insight into character, Elizabeth Strout has brought to life two deeply human protagonists whose struggles and triumphs will resonate with readers long after they turn the final page. Tender, tough-minded, loving, and deeply illuminating about the ties that bind us to family and home, The Burgess Boys is Elizabeth Strout’s newest and perhaps most astonishing work of literary art. (

Elizabeth Strout’s website

Goodreads Interview with Elizabeth Strout

Publisher’s Reader’s Guide (including Discussion Questions)

A Washington Times review

A New York Times review

Somali diaspora in U.S. and Canada

Somali Americans (Wikipedia article)

NYT article about real “pig’s head” incident in Lewiston, Maine in 2006

2007 Follow-up on news story