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) 

2023-24 Schedule
Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month except in September and January
 which will be on the second Monday. 
Three books are listed for February and you may choose one of them

 Date  Book  Host
 September 11th Lessons in Chemistry    by Bonnie Garmus  Suzanne
 October 2nd
    The Island of Sea Women   by Lisa See Sandy
     November 6th
      A Most Intriguing Lady   by Sarah Ferguson  Joelyn
       December 4th
        Snow Road Station    by Elizabeth Hay  Marion
         January 8th
          The Back of the Turtle   by Thomas King  Tricia
           February 5th

          Run Towards the Danger   by Sarah Polley
          Heart Matters    by Adrienne Clarkson
          My Stories, My Times    by  jean Chretien

           March 4th
            Coronation Year     by Jennifer Robson
             April 1st
              Lady Clementine    by Marie Benedict Margaret or Carol
               May 6th

                The Memory Keeper of Kyiv    by Eric Litteken

                Margaret or Carol
                 June 3rd Pot-Luck Lunch and Choose 2024-25 Books All contribute

                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 Laurie
                Nov 20, 2023 The Water Rat of Wanchai  Ian Hamilton Carol
                Dec 18, 2023 Raven Black - Book 1, Shetland Mysteries  Ann Cleeves Tricia
                 Jan 15, 2024 Dreadful Water   Thomas King   Joelyn
                Feb 19, 2024 Fractured  Karin Slaughter  Suzanne
                Mar 18, 2024 Jade Dragon Mountain  Elsa Hart  Elaine
                Apr 15, 2024 The Long Weekend  Gilly MacMillan  Cathie
                May 20, 2024 The Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle  Stuart Turton  Lorraine
                 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
                Pot-Luck Lunch
                Mary D.
                 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 21

                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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