Canada Reads at the Library

Friday, March 5, 2021
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Click here to register for an evening of lively, literary debate!

And now, our panellists and the CBC Canada Reads titles they will be defending:

Check out the Library’s catalogue to access these titles, or support a local bookstore and buy from Audreys Books or Glass Bookshop.

Be part of a fun, stimulating evening, and help us decide what Canada’s Next Great Read will be.

Weekend Picks

Today’s holds are tomorrow’s checkouts! So place yours on the newest in TV, foreign film, documentary, and of course, blockbusters!

Martin Eden

Adapted from a 1909 novel by Jack London yet set in a provocatively unspecified moment in Italy’s history, this is a passionate and enthralling story in the tradition of great Italian classics. Martin is a self-taught proletarian with artistic aspirations who hopes that his dreams of becoming a writer will help him rise above his station and marry a wealthy university student. The dissatisfactions of working-class toil and bourgeois success lead to political awakening and destructive anxiety.

Wander Darkly

A traumatic accident leaves a couple, Adrienne and Matteo, in a surreal state of being that takes them on a disorienting journey through the duality of their shared moments. By reliving fond recollections from the beginning of their romance while also navigating the overwhelming truths of their present, they must rediscover the love that truly binds them together.

Perry Mason

Set in 1932 Los Angeles, this series will focus on the origin story of famed defense lawyer Perry Mason, based on characters from Erle Stanley Gardner’s novels.

Freaky

Seventeen-year-old Millie Kessler is just trying to survive High School when she becomes the newest target of The Butcher, her town’s infamous serial killer. The Butcher’s mystical ancient dagger causes him and Millie to wake up in each other’s bodies, and Millie learns that she has just 24 hours to get her body back before it is permanent. While Millie races against the clock to reverse the curse, The Butcher discovers that having a female body is the perfect cover for a little killing spree.

Feels Good Man

What happens when an innocent character created in an artist’s early adulthood morphs into a widely recognizable symbol of hatred only a decade later? This is the issue that underground comic book artist Matt Furie must grapple with as he seeks to reclaim his character, Pepe the Frog, from the grip of the Alt-Right.

The Capote Tapes

Answered Prayers was meant to be Truman Capote’s greatest masterpiece, an epic novel of New York City’s glittering jet-set society, following his smashing success with Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood. Instead, it sparked his downfall. Through access to never-before-heard audio archives and interviews with Capote’s friends and enemies, including Dick Cavett, Lauren Bacall, Norman Mailer and André Leon Talley, this documentary reveals the rise and fall of America’s most iconic gay writer.

 

 

 

Weekend Picks

Geoff’s Top 10 of 2020

In a year where I read very few books and watched many flicks from our streaming services and of course many more from our deep DVD & Blu-Ray collection, I’m very excited to share these picks!

In no particular order, here they are!

Enjoy,

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? 

Glengarry Glen Ross

I Am Not Your Negro

The Fly

The King of Comedy

The Master

The Age of Innocence 

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold

Sunset Boulevard

The Love Witch 

Tuesday Afternoon Book Club | February Selection

Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens

Print| eBook (Libby) | eAudiobook (Libby)

Register to drop-in and discuss one of the most talked about and bestselling books in recent memory.

Additional “book club only” print copies are available at the downtown location of the Library.

To pick up a copy, come to the front doors of the Library inside St. Albert Place (face coverings are mandatory). Call 780-459-1682 when you arrive and be ready to provide your library barcode number, email address and phone number over the phone. A staff member will bring down your book to you after recording your contact information.

The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 2:00 PM via Zoom.

Register to drop-in and discuss one of the most talked about and bestselling books in recent memory.

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

FURTHER READING

About Delia Owens

An Interview with Delia Owens | BookBrowse

A bona fide smash: Delia Owens talks all things ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ | Amazon

Delia Owens: A Natural Way of Storytelling | BookPage

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens review – in the swamps of North Carolina | The Guardian

The Dark History Behind the Year’s Bestselling Debut Novel | Slate

Questions for Discussion | Book Club Kit from deliaowens.com

VIDEO

Delia Owens on ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ | CBS News

Delia Owens: ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ | PBS Bookwatch

Weekend Picks

SAPL Top 10 of 2020

Drum roll please… here they are, the Top 5 circulated movies of 2020!

I hope you all continue to discover more deep-cuts, classics, and entertaining flicks from our shelves in 2021.

#5 |Ad Astra (540 checkouts)

#4|Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (555)

#3 | Once Upon A Time in Hollywood (600)

#2| Gemini Man (758)

#1| Joker (760)

Numbers 10-6

 

The Unlocking Season
By Gail Bowen

Family has always been at the heart of Bowen’s series featuring Joanne Kilbourn (now Kilbourn-Shreve).  Now at the age of 60 Joanne is going back to her adolescence when she and Sally Love were the best of friends.  Sisters and Strangers, a new six-part TV series, is being produced by her good friend Roy Brodnitz who has asked her to work on the script.  It captures the tumultuous time between two men – Joanne’s biological father and the man she called father throughout her youth and the relationships that were made and broken during those years.

Before production even begins, Roy Brodnitz disappears and is later found in a state of severe hysteria and fear.  Nothing prepares Joanne and the production crew for his horrible death and Joanne is determined to find out the circumstances leading up to it.  Supported by family and close friends, Joanne is forced to make some serious decisions about what she should reveal in order to preserve Roy’s legacy.  Which skeletons should remain in the closet?

Joanne gives this book 3 daggers out of 5!

Offbeat’s Top Books

Here they are, Offbeat’s favourite reads from 2020! Would you like to see your top picks posted this time next year? Then join the club! Here’s how. 

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

I’m going through all her books! They are quite interesting. You get a great feel of how remote the locations are in this book.

 

Rule of Three by Eric Walters

I’ve enjoyed all the books in this series with my daughter. It’s been such a great experience with lots of bonding.

 

In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Since travel is off-limits, travel books have been great.

 

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas J. Preston

I heard about this book from one of the Offbeat member’s top picks from last year. Loved it!

 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I got wrapped up in this story and could not put it down. Scenes of a fading starlett were done very well.

 

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Just a fabulous read. Sounds like people either love or hate it, but I loved it.

 

The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamil

Didn’t do as much reading I normally do but this move was a very memorable read.

 

Untamed by Glendon Doyle

Just loved it. Simply put.

 

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

Desperately needed to talk to people about it this book after reading it. 

 

Aria by Nazanine Hozar

I got this book as a gift from the book club and absolutely loved it.

The Trip to Echo Springs by Olivia Laing

Part memoir, part travelogue, this is just and an honest and artfully written book on the connection between alcohol and the relationships of some of literature’s memorable names.

Seniors Book Cub | February Selection

Akin
by Emma Donoghue

Print | eBook

The Seniors Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 2:00 PM via Zoom.

Please register here to discuss Emma Donoghue’s novel Akin, a brilliant tale of love, loss and family.

A retired New York professor’s life is thrown into chaos when he takes his great-nephew to the French Riviera, in hopes of uncovering his own mother’s wartime secrets. Noah is only days away from his first trip back to Nice since he was a child when a social worker calls looking for a temporary home for Michael, his eleven-year-old great-nephew. Though he has never met the boy, he gets talked into taking him along to France. This odd couple, suffering from jet lag and culture shock, argue about everything from steak haché to screen time, and the trip is looking like a disaster. But as Michael’s ease with tech and sharp eye help Noah unearth troubling details about their family’s past, both of them come to grasp the risks that people in all eras have run for their loved ones, and find they are more akin than they knew. Written with all the tenderness and psychological intensity that made Room a huge bestseller, Akin is a funny, heart-wrenching tale of an old man and a boy who unpick their painful story and start to write a new one together. (Publisher)

Further Reading

About Emma Donoghue

About Akin (including a personal note by Emma Donoghue)

A Chatelaine interview

A Waterstones Blog interview

A Guardian book review

A Washington Post book review

An Irish Independent book review

An Irish Times book review

Discussion Questions

Historical background on Nice, France

Excelsior Hotel, Nice – historyWatch & LISTEN

About Odette Abadi (co-founder of the Marcel Network)

Washington Post article about the Marcel Network

 

WATCH & LISTEN

An Appel Salon (Toronto Public Library) video interview

A CBC Books video trailer

Interview by Shelagh Rogers on CBC’s The Next Chapter

Interview by Tom Power on CBC’s Q

 

 

Monday Evening Book Club | February Selection

Man’s Search for Meaning
by  Viktor E. Frankl

Print | eBook (simultaneous use) on Libby (Overdrive)

The Monday Evening Book Club meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM via Zoom.

Register to drop-in and discuss this thought-provoking and inspirational classic.

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of those he treated in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl’s theory—known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”)—holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.

At the time of Frankl’s death in 1997, Man’s Search for Meaning had sold more than 10 million copies in twenty-four languages. A 1991 reader survey by the Library of Congress and the Book-of-the-Month Club that asked readers to name a “book that made a difference in your life” found Man’s Search for Meaning among the ten most influential books in America. (From the publisher.)

Further Reading

About Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl at Ninety: An Interview

Book Reviews

Discussion Questions

 

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