Monday Evening Book Club June Selection

Dear Life MunroThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet on June 9 at 7 pm in the Training Room to discuss Dear Life by Nobel Prize author Alice Munro.

About this short story collection:

With her peerless ability to give us the essence of a life in often brief but spacious and timeless stories, Alice Munro illumines the moment a life is shaped — the moment a dream, or sex, or perhaps a simple twist of fate turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into another way of being. Suffused with Munro’s clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these stories (set in the world Munro has made her own: the countryside and towns around Lake Huron) about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a vivid and lasting portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary the ordinary life can be. (source: mcclelland.com)

Author Biography

Dear Life Interview

Dear Life Review

Nobel Prize Video Interview

Discussion Questions

 

 

Monday Evening Book Club May Selection

Complete PersepolisThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet on May 12 at 7 pm in Forsyth Hall. This month we are venturing into discussing a book in a different format, the graphic novel The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, an internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips.

Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.
Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom–Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.

About Marjane Satrapi

An interview with the author

A video interview with Satrapi

Discussion Questions

Persepolis movie

 

 

Senior Book Club May Selection

Life after lifeThe Seniors Book Club will meet on May 14th at 2 pm in the Training Room to discuss Life after life by Kate Atkinson, a British novel that was frequently named as one of the best books of 2013.

About the book:

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, 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 any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.
Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant—this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best, playing with time and history, telling a story that is breathtaking for both its audacity and its endless satisfactions . (From the publisher.)

Author Biography

A Goodreads interview with Kate Atkinson

A Video interview with Kate Atkinson

Book Reviews

Discussion Questions

 

 

 

Monday Evening Book Club April Selection

PilgrimageThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet April 14th at 7:00 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss The Pilgrimage by local author Diana Davidson.

About the book:

Pilgrimage opens in the deep of winter of 1891 on the Metis and missionary settlement of Lac St. Anne, Canada. A young woman of mixed-blood named Mahkesis is carrying the child of the married Englishman who manages the Hudson Bay Company trading post. She is forced to reveal her devastating secret to her Cree grandmother. As an unmarried Catholic girl, Mahkesis waits for a miracle in the very place others come for redemption. Set in a northern landscape, Pilgrimage is a brilliant debut novel about love and loss and women and men trying to survive the violent intimacy of a small place in a changing colonial empire.

 

 

Visit author Diana Davidson’s website

An Edmonton Journal review of the book

Discussion questions for Pilgrimage

History of Lac Ste Anne and the pilgrimage

Seniors Book Club April Selection

Painted GirlsThe Seniors Book Club will meet April 9th at 2:00 pm in the Training Room to discuss Painted Girls by Canadian author Cathy Marie Buchanan.

About the book:

Paris, 1878. Following their father’s sudden death, the Van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without his wages, and with the small amount their laundress mother earns disappearing into the absinthe bottle, eviction from their lodgings seems imminent. With few options for work, Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opera, where for a scant seventeen francs a week, she will be trained to enter the famous Ballet. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds work as an extra in a stage adaptation of Émile Zola’s naturalist masterpiece L’Assommoir. Marie throws herself into dance and is soon modelling in the studio of Edgar Degas, where her image will forever be immortalized as Little Dancer Aged 14. Meanwhile, Antoinette, derailed by her love for the dangerous Émile Abadie, must choose between honest labour and the more profitable avenues open to a young woman of the Parisian demimonde. Set at a moment of profound artistic, cultural and societal change, The Painted Girls is a tale of two remarkable sisters rendered uniquely vulnerable to the darker impulses of “civilized society.” In the end, each will come to realize that her salvation—her survival, even—lies with the other.  (source: http://www.harpercollins.ca)

Cathy Marie Buchanan’s website

Youtube interview

Globe & Mail review

Discussion Questions