This Book Has Pictures! | Best of 2017

Welcome back! While we may have taken a break from writing about Graphic Novels in 2017, we did keep reading them. In no particular order, here are some of our favorite books from 2017.

The Sheriff of Babylon

By Tom King and Mitch Gerads

A crime story set in the heart of the Green Zone as Iraq attempts to recover from the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Multiple people, with multiple motives, attempting to solve an unsolvable crime.

Demon

By Jason Shiga

What starts as a suicide attempt, because something else entirely. What happens when you discover that you are not who you think you are? Dark at times, hilarious at others.

Godzilla in Hell

By James Stokoe,‎ Bob Eggleton,‎ Ulises Farinas,‎ Erick Freitas, Dave Wachter,‎ Brandon Seifert,‎ Buster Moody and Ibrahim Moustafa.

Who would win in a fight: Godzilla or Hell? Well thanks to a handful of talented creators we can finally put that classic debate to bed.

Another Castle: Grimoire

By Andrew Wheeler and‎ Paulina Ganucheau

Another Castle was a breath of fresh air disguised as more of the same. A plucky princess who could fight for herself? A rag tag group of characters that broke stereotypes and took your somewhere new? Yes, please.

Space Battle Lunchtime

By Natalie Riess

Take the glory of the televised cooking show and send it off to another galaxy. How do you cook when you’ve never tasted or ever seen the ingredients?

The Three Thieves series

By Scott Chantler

The final volume of the series came out in 2016, but we read them in 2017, so onto the list they go. An all-ages fantasy series that constantly grows with more depth, complexity and maturity as the series goes on.

Getting Out of Hope

By James Cadelli

People struggling with their lives seek out comfort within their community. Centered around the people living in and around an apartment building, we see how each of them does their best to make it to the next day.

Mirror: The Mountain

By Emma Rios and Hwei Lim

A mysterious world, with even more mysterious creatures. A quest for humanity for creatures that look nothing like humans. A beautiful book with lush and delicate art that is both subtle and over the top.

St. Albert Gazette Great Reading

Book picks as published in the January 3, 2018 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.

MorningstarMorningstar : growing up with books

By Ann Hood

Growing up in a mill town in Rhode Island, in a household that didn’t foster a love of literature, Hood discovered nonetheless the transformative power of books. She recollects how books influenced her teen psyche and introduced her to topics that could not be discussed at home. Later, books helped develop her political thinking and stoked her ambitions to travel the world.

 

 

Poetry will save your lifePoetry will save your life : a memoir

By Jill Bialosky

An unconventional and inventive coming-of-age memoir organized around fifty-one remarkable poems by poets such as Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens and Sylvia Plath, from a critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author and poet. While Bialosky’s personal stories animate each poem, they touch on many universal experiences.

Monday Evening Book Club January Selection

Image result for handmaid's taleThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet in Forsyth Hall on January 8 at 7 pm. This month we’re discussing The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

About the book…

In this multi-award-winning, bestselling novel, Margaret Atwood has created a stunning Orwellian vision of the near future. This is the story of Offred, one of the unfortunate “Handmaids” under the new social order who have only one purpose: to breed. In Gilead, where women are prohibited from holding jobs, reading, and forming friendships, Offred’s persistent memories of life in the “time before” and her will to survive are acts of rebellion. Provocative, startling, prophetic, and with Margaret Atwood’s devastating irony, wit, and acute perceptive powers in full force, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a mordant satire and a dire warning.

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, short-listed for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; Oryx and Crake, short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize; The Year of the Flood; and MaddAddam. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award, and lives in Toronto with the writer Graeme Gibson. (Publisher)

What critics said about The Handmaid’s Tale back in the 1980’s

Haunted by The Handmaid’s Tale – an article about the book by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood: The prophet of dystopia (New Yorker)

Emma Watson interviews Margaret Atwood about The Handmaid’s Tale

Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again (Boston Review)

Seniors Book Club January Selection

The Seniors Book Club will meet at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, January 10 in Forsyth Hall to discuss The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

About the book

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them. (Publisher)

About the author

Eowyn (A-o-win) LeMay Ivey was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters. Her mother named her after a character from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.

Eowyn works at the independent bookstore Fireside Books where she plays matchmaker between readers and books. The Snow Child, her debut novel, appeared in 2012; her second, To the Bright Edge of the World, was published in 2016. Her short fiction appears in the anthology Cold Flashes, University of Alaska Press 2010, and the North Pacific Rim literary journal Cirque.

Prior to her career as a bookseller and novelist, Eowyn worked for nearly a decade as an award-winning reporter at the Frontiersman newspaper. Her weekly articles about her outdoor adventures earned her the Best Non-Daily Columnist award from the Alaska Press Club. Her articles and photographs have been published in the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Magazine, and other publications.

Eowyn earned her BA in journalism and creative writing through Western Washington University’s honors program and studied creative nonfiction in University of Alaska Anchorage’s graduate program. She is a contributor to the blog 49Writers and a founding member of Alaska’s first statewide writing center.

The Snow Child is informed by Eowyn’s life in Alaska. Her husband is a fishery biologist with the state of Alaska. While they both work outside of the home, they are also raising their daughters in the rural, largely subsistence lifestyle in which they were both raised.

As a family, they harvest salmon and wild berries, keep a vegetable garden, turkeys and chickens, and they hunt caribou, moose, and bear for meat. Because they don’t have a well and live outside any public water system, they haul water each week for their holding tank and gather rainwater for their animals and garden. Their primary source of home heat is a woodstove, and they harvest and cut their own wood.

These activities are important to Eowyn’s day-to-day life as well as the rhythm of her year. (from LitLovers)

Myths and Legends: The Snow Maiden

Homesteading in Alaska

A conversation with Eowyn Ivey

NPR book review

Book review in The Guardian

Book review in The Globe and Mail