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

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 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 except in September
 which will be the second Monday. 
Theme month is February, this year it is the environment. Three books are listed and you may choose one of them, or any other book on the theme topic. 

 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

                Zooming Mysteries  Book Club - 3rd Monday 1:30 p.m.

                Convenor:  Joan Savoie

                Crime, Mystery, or Thriller; Is there a difference? Joining this book club will definitely show there is a difference in the style of writing and the suspense presented in each category.

                The Zooming Mysteries book group meets entirely on Zoom, so if you are a winter traveler, or need to be away from home, you are able to continue enjoying staying connected. All books for the coming year are listed below.

                Date Title Author  Presenter
                 Sep 23, 2023 The Paris Apartment Lucy FoleyJoan 
                Oct 16, 2023 The Widow Makers of Makabar Hill Sujata Massy
                Nov 20, 2023 The Water Rat of Wanchai  Ian Hamilton 
                Dec 18, 2023 Raven Black - Book 1, Shetland Mysteries Ann Cleeves 
                 Jan 15, 2024 Jade Dragon Mountain Elsa Hart  
                Feb 19, 2024 Fractured Karin Slaughter  
                Mar 18, 2024 Dreadful Water Thomas King  
                Apr 15, 2024 The Long Weekend Gilly MacMillan  
                May 20, 2024 The Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle Stuart Turton  
                 Novel Women - 3rd Tuesday 1:00 p.m.
                Convenors: Sally Babij
                'Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.' 

                The Novel Women Group will meet in person this year except for January,  February and March which will be on Zoom. Our reading list for 2023/24 comprises an eclectic selection of fiction and non-fiction books:

                Date  Book
                      Sep 19 Meet and Greet on Zoom    Sally
                 Oct. 17

                Looking for Jane - Heather Marshall  

                 Nov. 21

                The Spy and the Traitor - Ben Macintyre

                 Dec. 19
                No Meeting

                 Jan. 16
                Transcription - Kate Atkinson 
                Cathy - on Zoom
                 Feb. 20

                The Last Garden in England - Julia Kelly  

                Sheila on Zoom
                 Mar. 19
                State of Terror - Louise Penny and Hillary Clinton 
                Adele H - on zoom
                 Apr. 16

                Act of Oblivion - Robert Harris

                 May 16

                Sandrine's Case - Thomas Cooke 


                June 18
                 Get-together - TBA

                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 2023-24 are listed below.

                 Date  Theme Comments  
                 Oct. 4

                 History of Food 

                Edible history of humanity from agricultural society to industrial food and food insecurity due to climate change, wars, and inflation.



                 Nov. 1  Chocolate & Wine

                History of chocolate - discovery, exploration, introduction to Europe. Luxury item? Cultural connotations - Valentine? 
                Cocoa in sweets, main courses and fondues. Health benefits.  E
                nvironmentally sustainable? Wine history, classification, competitions, production in different countries; environmental considerations. Wine Wars. Cookbooks. Sommeliers.

                 Dec. 6

                Food, Faith and Religion

                 Diverse theological, philosophical, and anthropological insights into how food is revered, forbidden and sacrificed.

                 Jan. 3  International Year of Camelids  The importance of Camelids for their milk, meat, farming and to carry food products for pilgrimages.

                 Feb 7Herbs, Spices, Medicinal ValuesThe history of Spice Trade Routes: origin of cinnamon and vanilla? British East India Company and impact on Tea, world trade, and colonialism. Herbs and spices as medicine; history of healers, herbalists, witches, midwives, modern discoveries.

                 Mar. 6 Does What You Eat Improve Longevity?

                 Allergies, food sensitivities, healing foods, Blood Diet, Heart Smart Diet, Glycemic Diet, Keto Diet, Fasting Diet, Grapefruit Diet, Paleo Diet, Vegetarian Diet, Genetics. Share your favorite “healthy” recipe.  Zoom
                 Apr 3 Food Critics / Celebrity  ChefsMichelin-star reviews, how restaurants pivoted during Covid, the gig economy, Uber Eats, tip inflation, regional cooking trends. The growth of food magazines and cookbooks.

                 May 1 Food for ThoughtAn informative book that is important, thought provoking, and seriously considers different consumption and digestion.

                June 5 Outing Restaurant for lunch and discuss the next year

                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.

                2022/23 - This year's book selections are:

                Month  Title   Host
                 September 5th
                Inconvenient Indian
                 October 3rd
                The Girl from Berlin
                 November 7th
                The Maid
                 December 5th
                Still Life
                 January 2nd
                The Personal Librarian
                 February 6th
                The Wonder
                 March 6th
                Barometer Rising
                 April 3rd
                Red Notice
                 May 1st
                The Last Green Valley
                 June 5th

                The Exile


                Prose and Cons Book Club under construction

                             Convenor:  Tomi Hunter

                 Meeting Date  Book Title/Activity  Presenter
                 September 2023 A Grandmother Begins the Story, by Michelle Porter  Molly

                 October 2023 

                My Name is Lucy Brown, by Elizabeth Strout  Joan
                 November 2023 The Gold Diggers, by Charlotte Gray  Elena
                 December 2023  Christmas Social  
                 January 2024 Lessons in Chemistry  Margaret
                 February 2024 The Collectors’ Daughter by  Paul Gill  Joy
                 March 2024 A Place Called Solace by  Mary Lawson  Sandy
                 April 2024 Fresh Water for Flowers, by Valerie Perron  Janice
                 May 2024    Ann
                 June 2024  Gettogether  

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