Monday Evening Book Club January Selection

The Monday Evening Book Club will meet in Forsyth Hall on January 9 at 7:00 pm. Our pick this month is The Prison Book Club, a memoir by Ann Walmsley.

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About the book

An attack in London left journalist Ann Walmsley unable to walk alone down the street, and shook her belief in the fundamental goodness of people. A few years later, when a friend asked her to participate in a bold new venture in a men’s medium security prison, Ann had to weigh her curiosity and desire to be of service against her anxiety and fear.
But she signed on, and for eighteen months went to a remote building at Collins Bay Institution, meeting a group of heavily tattooed book club members without the presence of guards or security cameras. There was no wine and cheese, no plush furnishings. But a book club on the inside proved to be a place to share ideas and regain a sense of humanity.
From The Grapes of Wrath to The Cellist of Sarajevo, Outliers to Infidel, the book discussions became a springboard for frank conversations about loss, anger, redemption, and loneliness. The books changed the men and the men changed Walmsley. (Publisher)

About the author

Ann Walmsley is a magazine journalist whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail and Maclean’s. She is the recipient of four National Magazine Awards and a Canadian Business Journalism Award. In November 2016, Walmsley won the 25th annual $10,000 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction for The Prison Book Club. 

Ann Walmsley founded her first book club at age nine. She lives in Toronto with her family. (Publisher)

Book Clubs for Inmates website

The book club at the big house: How reading makes a difference in prison (Globe and Mail)

The darkness inside Canada’s prisons: Michael Enright interviews Carol Finlay (podcast)

When an author visits a [prison] book club

Book review in the Globe and Mail

Book review in Quill and Quire 

Book review in the Winnipeg Free Press

Carol Finlay on The Morning Show (video)

Ann Walmsley website

Seniors Book Club October Selection

The Seniors Book Club will meet in the 2nd floor “Training Room” on Wednesday, October 12 at 2 pm. Our pick this month is The Prison Book Club, a memoir by Ann Walmsley.

prison-book-club

About the book:

An attack in London left Ann Walmsley unable to walk alone down the street, and shook her belief in the fundamental goodness of people. A few years later, when a friend asked her to participate in a bold new venture in a men’s medium security prison, Ann had to weigh her curiosity and desire to be of service against her anxiety and fear.
But she signed on, and for eighteen months went to a remote building at Collins Bay Institution, meeting a group of heavily tattooed book club members without the presence of guards or security cameras. There was no wine and cheese, no plush furnishings. But a book club on the inside proved to be a place to share ideas and regain a sense of humanity.
From The Grapes of Wrath to The Cellist of Sarajevo, Outliers to Infidel, the book discussions became a springboard for frank conversations about loss, anger, redemption, and loneliness. The books changed the men and the men changed Walmsley. (Publisher)

 

Book Clubs for Inmates website

The book club at the big house: How reading makes a difference in prison (Globe and Mail)

The darkness inside Canada’s prisons: Michael Enright interviews Carol Finlay (podcast)

When an author visits a [prison] book club

Book review in the Globe and Mail

Book review in Quill and Quire 

Book review in the Winnipeg Free Press

Carol Finlay on The Morning Show (video)

Ann Walmsley website

 

 

 

 

Seniors Book Club September Selection

precious-cargoThe Seniors Book Club will meet in the 2nd floor “Aquarium” meeting room on Wednesday, September 14 at 2 pm. Our pick this month is Craig Davidson‘s memoir Precious Cargo : my year driving the kids on school bus 3077.

About the book:

Surprising and revelatory non-fiction from a talented young writer whose last book, “Cataract City,” was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Trillium Book Prize, and was a Globe Best Book and national bestseller. In this new work of intimate, riveting, and timely non-fiction, based loosely on an award-winning article he published, Davidson tells the story of one year in his life – driving a school bus full of special-needs kids. Davidson shows us how his evolving relationship with the kids on that bus, each of them struggling physically as well as emotionally and socially, slowly but surely changed his life along with the lives of the precious cargo in his care. This is the extraordinary story of that year and those relationships. It is also a moving, important and universal story about how we see and treat people with special needs in our society. (Publisher)

Craig Davidson’s website

Author biography on Wikipedia

Craig Davidson’s blog – reader questions

A Chatelaine interview

A Radio interview on CBC’s The Next Chapter

A TVO article and video interview

A CBC’s The Current podcast and transcript

A Globe and Mail review

A Quill and Quire review

Craig Davidson aka Nick Cutter