Book Clubs

'Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.'

Charles William Eliot   https://www.britannica.com/biography/Charles-William-Eliot

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Monday Morning Book Club - 1st Monday 9:30 a.m.
Convenor: Anne Brackstone

The Monday AM Book Club has reached capacity for the year, so will not be accepting new members.  We are sorry we cannot take any more members and we hope you will be able to join one of the other Book Clubs

A rather special group that restricts its choices to include only books that are available in an audible format. Most members read the print version, but some members of the group are unable to do so and read by listening. The opinions are always varied and firmly held leading to an exhilarating and amusing debate. We choose ten books with at least one from each section: Canadian Fiction, International Fiction, Classic and Non-fiction.

2021/22 - This year's book selections are:

Month  Title   Author 
 September 6th
Etta and Russel and James
Emma Hooper
 October 4th
Beloved
Toni Morrison
 November 1st
The Wake
Lindon Macintyre
 December 6th
Truth be Told
Beverly McLachlin
 January 3rd
From the Ashes
Jesse Thistle
 February 7th
A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles
 March 7th
Forgotten Daughter
Joanna Goodman
 April 4th
Night Watchman
Louise Erdich
 May 2nd
Agent Sonya
Ben Macintyre
 June 6th

Current Favourite Books

Discussion


 Monday Afternoon Book Club - 1st. Monday:  1:00 p.m.

Convenor:  Carol Fowler

'The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.'   (Roald Dahl, Matilda) 

2022-23 Schedule
Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month with the exception of September
 which will be held on the second Monday of the month.  Theme month is February and this year we chose to read a book on the environment. Three books are listed and you may choose one or more of those, or you may read any other book on the topic as well.


 Date  Book  Host
 September 12th Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides
 
 October 3rd
    The Boy in the Field by Margot Livesey
     
     November 7th
      The Windsor Knot by S. J. Bennett
       
       December 5th
        Dandelion by Jamie Chai Yun Liew
         
         January 2nd
          State of Terror by Hilary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny
           
           February 6th

          To Speak for the Trees by Diana Beresford-Kroeger and/or A Good War, Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency by Seth Klein and/or  Plastic Free, The Inspiring Story of a Global Environmental Movement and Why It Matters by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and/or a book of your choice

           
           March 6th
            Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan
             
             April 3rd
              Women Talking by Miriam Toews

               May 1st

                The Gown by Jennifer Robson


                 June 5th Pot-Luck Lunch and Choose 2023-24 Books


                 Novel Women - 3rd Tuesday 1:00 p.m.
                Convenors: Tomi Hunter and Sally Babij
                'Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.' 

                The Novel Women Group will meet in two groups this year.  Some will meet in members’ homes while others will meet simultaneously on-line using zoom.  The in-person meetings will be limited in number by the size of the host's house but all are welcome on-line.  We meet on the third Tuesday of each month starting at 1:00 p.m. 
                Our reading list for 2022/23 comprises an eclectic selection of fiction and non-fiction books:

                Date  Book
                InPerson Leader
                 Zoom Leader
                 Sept.20

                A Complicated Kindness - Miriam Toews

                Elena P.
                 
                 Oct. 18

                To Speak for the Trees Diana Beresford-Kroeger

                Tomi 
                 Mary D.
                 Nov. 15
                Braiding Sweetgrass - Robin Wall Kimmerer
                Sandy S.
                 
                 Dec. 21
                No Meeting

                 
                 Jan. 17
                The Night Portrait - Laura Morelli
                Janice S.
                Grania
                 Feb. 21
                The Rose Code - Kate Quinn
                Cheryl B.
                 Adele and Prue
                 Mar. 21
                The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor - Sally Armstrong
                Joan S.
                 Sally B.
                 Apr. 18

                The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris

                Margaret
                 
                 May 16

                The Golden Spruce - John Valliant

                Ann S.


                Spare Book
                 The Last Garden in England - Julia Kelly

                 

                Zooming Mysteries  Book Club - 3rd Monday 1:00 p.m.
                Convenor:  Cathie Faubert



                Date Theme Title Author  Presenter
                 Sep 19 Exchange ideasShare favorite Mystery books and finalize program   Cathy Faubert
                Oct 17 Classic Mystery Then There Were None Agatha Christie  Joelyn Gregory
                Nov 21 Australian The Broken Shore Peter Temple Carole Baker
                Dec 19 British The Little Stranger Sarah Waters Carmel Griffin 
                 Jan 16 Canadian The Beautiful Mystery Louise Penny  Joan Savoie
                Feb 20 Irish The Witch Elm Tara French  Pam Byrtus
                Mar 20 Scandinavian The Faceless Killers Henning Mankell  Carole Fowler
                Apr 17 Botswana The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency and The   Song of Comfortable Chairs Alex McCall Smith  Laurie Hansen Trip
                May 15 Book made into a         Movie Sharp Objects Gillian Flynn  Beth Patterson

                Twisted Sisters Book Club - 1st Wednesday 10:00 a.m.
                Convenor:  Cathie Faubert

                This unique book club asks members to think “outside the box.”  We meet on the first Wednesday of the month between 10:00 -12 noon. This year, all our meetings will be via ZOOM. Cathie will create lists of the shared book and distribute them to members 
                Our themes for 2022-23 are listed below.

                 Date  Theme Comments
                 Sept. 14  Beach Reads  Share our summer readings
                 Oct. 5

                 Writers over the past Century,  1922 to 2022, and their important messages

                 From the famous to the obscure, Ex. F. Kafka, B. Russell, I. Babel, F.S.  Fitzgerald, J Steinbeck, G.Steinem, E Wharton, A. Christie,
                J. Eugenides, M Atwood, etc.
                 Nov. 2  Propaganda Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
                 Dec. 7 Medieval TimesPeriod of European history extending from 500 to 1500CE  traditionally known as the Middle Ages
                 Jan. 11  International Author or Story Anything other than North American, possibly Russian or Ukrainian
                 Feb. 1  Folklore Books on folktales, ballads, folk drama, charms and riddles or children’s fables.
                 Mar. 1  Courage and Perseverance  Courage describes strengths that help you exercise your will and face adversity. The other strengths in Courage are bravery, honesty, perseverance and zest 
                 Apr. 5  Books about Performing Arts
                 Forms of creative activity that are performed in front of an audience, such as drama, music, and dance.
                 May 3 True Animal Stories Birds, cats, cougars, dogs, owls, elephants, tigers, whales, etc. that have impacted mankind



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