Seniors Book Club June Selection

ImageThe Seniors Book Club will meet June 12th at 2:00 pm in the Training Room to discuss the classic novel The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham.

Set in England and Hong Kong in the 1920s, The Painted Veil is the story of the beautiful but love-starved Kitty Fane. When her husband discovers her adulterous affair, he forces her to accompany him to the heart of a cholera epidemic. Stripped of the British society of her youth and the small but effective society she fought so hard to attain in Hong Kong, she is compelled by her awakening conscience to reassess her life and learn how to love.

The Painted Veil is a beautifully written affirmation of the human capacity to grow, to change, and to forgive.

(source: www.randomhouse.ca)

Read a Commentary on the novel

Link to Quotes from the book

Find a review of the Movie

Monday Evening Book Club June Selection

ImageThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet on June 10th at 7 pm in the Training Room to discuss  The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

The year is 1926. After four harrowing years on the Western Front, young Tom Sherbourne takes up the post of lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. In the small coastal town on his way to Janus, Tom meets the headstrong, vibrant Isabel. They fall in love, and on his first shore leave they marry, then return to Janus together—both eager to begin their life, cocooned from the rest of the world with just each other, the gulls, and the stars for company. Years later, after two miscarriages and one still birth, Isabel’s grief is all consuming. But one fateful, April morning she hears the sound of cries carried in on the wind: a small boat has washed ashore, its occupants a dead man and a squalling baby girl. Tom wants to report the boat immediately, but Isabel resists, pleading with him to put it off for just one day. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim the girl as their own and name her Lucy—a devastating, resounding choice that forever changes two worlds. (source: www.simonandschuster.com)

Listen to a podcast interview with M.L.Stedman

Read a review of the book

Link to Discussion Questions

Monday Evening Book Club May Selection

Best Exotic Marigold HotelThe Monday Evening  Book Club will meet May 13th at 7 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach.

The novel was originally published in Britain in 2004 under the title “These Foolish Things” and is now also a major motion picture starring Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Tom Wilkinson, Judi Dench, Penelope Wilton and Celia Imrie.

When Ravi Kapoor, an over-worked London doctor, is driven beyond endurance by his obnoxious father-in-law, he asks his wife: ‘Can’t we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.’ His prayer seems to have been answered when his entrepreneurial cousin, Sonny, sets up a retirement home, recreating a lost corner of England in a converted guesthouse in Bangalore. Travel and set-up are inexpensive, staff willing and plentiful – and the British pensioners can enjoy the hot weather and take mango juice with their gin.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a brilliant comedy of manners, mixing acute observation with a deeper message about how different cultures cope in the modern world.

Watch an interview with Deborah Moggach

Read the Biography page on the author’s website

Information about the Movie

Seniors Book Club May Selection

419The Seniors Book Club will meet May 8th at 2 pm in the Training Room to discuss Will Ferguson‘s novel “419“, the 2012 winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize for fiction.

From internationally bestselling travel writer Will Ferguson, author of Happiness™ and Spanish Fly, comes a novel both epic in its sweep and intimate in its portrayal of human endurance. A car tumbles through darkness down a snowy ravine. A woman without a name walks out of a dust storm in sub-Saharan Africa. And in the seething heat of Lagos City, a criminal cartel scours the Internet, looking for victims.

Lives intersect. Worlds collide. And it all begins with a single email: “Dear Sir, I am the daughter of a Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help…

Will Ferguson takes readers deep into the labyrinth of lies that is 419, the world’s most insidious Internet scam.

When Laura Curtis, a lonely editor in a cold northern city, discovers that her father has died because of one such swindle, she sets out to track down—and corner—her father’s killer. It is a dangerous game she’s playing, however, and the stakes are higher than she can ever imagine. Woven into Laura’s journey is a mysterious woman from the African Sahel with scars etched into her skin and a young man who finds himself caught up in a web of violence and deceit.

And running through it, a dying father’s final words: “You, I love.

Visit Will Ferguson’s Homepage

Watch an interview with Will Ferguson

A Map of Nigeria

The story of the real Amina Lawal

Read a Wikipedia article about Nigerian email scams

RCMP information on scams and fraud

Please note: WILL FERGUSON IS COMING TO ST. ALBERT ON JUNE 14TH! Click here for more information.

Seniors Book Club April Selection

The Seniors Book Club will meet  April 10th @ 2:00 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss Death Comes to Pemberley by  P. D. James.

Death Comes to Pemberleyabout the book …

A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem.

It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball.

Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery.

(source: www.randomhouse.ca)

For more about P. D. James, visit the author’s website

Read an interview with the author

Link to a Globe and Mail review

Monday Evening Book Club April Selection

Up and DownThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet April 8th @7:00 pm in the Training Room to discuss Up and Down by Terry Fallis.

about the book ...

On his first day at Turner King, David Stewart quickly realizes that the world of international PR (affectionately, perhaps ironically, known as “the dark side”) is a far cry from his previous job on Parliament Hill. For one, he missed the office memo on the all-black dress code; for another, there are enough acronyms and jargon to make his head spin. Before he even has time to find the washroom, David is assigned a major project: devise a campaign to revitalize North America’s interest in the space program – maybe even show NASA’s pollsters that watching a shuttle launch is more appealing than going out for lunch with friends. The pressure is on, and before long, David finds himself suggesting the most out-of-this-world idea imaginable: a Citizen Astronaut lottery that would send one Canadian and one American to the International Space Station. Suddenly, David’s vaulted into an odyssey of his own, navigating the corporate politics of a big PR agency; wading through the murky but always hilarious waters of Canada-U.S. relations; and trying to hold on to his new job while still doing the right thing.

source: https://www.mcclelland.com/

Find out more about the author and his novels on his blog

Seniors Book Club March Selection

The Seniors Book Club will meet March 13th in Forsyth Hall to discuss Ru by Kim Thuy.

about tImagehe book …

A runaway bestseller in Quebec, with foreign rights sold to 15 countries around the world, Kim Thúy’s Governor General’s Literary Award-winning Ru is a lullaby for Vietnam and a love letter to a new homeland. Ru. In Vietnamese it means lullaby; in French it is a small stream, but also signifies a flow – of tears, blood, money. Kim Thúy’s Ru is literature at its most crystalline: the flow of a life on the tides of unrest and on to more peaceful waters. In vignettes of exquisite clarity, sharp observation and sly wit, we are carried along on an unforgettable journey from a palatial residence in Saigon to a crowded and muddy Malaysian refugee camp, and onward to a new life in Quebec. There, the young girl feels the embrace of a new community, and revels in the chance to be part of the American Dream. As an adult, the waters become rough again: now a mother of two sons, she must learn to shape her love around the younger boy’s autism. Moving seamlessly from past to present, from history to memory and back again, Ru is a book that celebrates life in all its wonder: its moments of beauty and sensuality, brutality and sorrow, comfort and comedy.

Kim Thuy interviews on youtube

A CBC audio recording of an interview with Kim Thuy

A Globe and Mail book review

A Wikipedia article on Vietnamese Boat People

Discussion questions for Ru

Monday Evening Book Club March Selection

The Monday Evening Book Club will meet March 11 in Forsyth Hall to discuss The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by German author Jan-Philipp Sendker.

About the book …

A poArt of Hearing Heartbeatsignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present. When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

Explore the book’s website: find author information, photos, a video, a reader’s guide, etc.

Watch the author talk about the book.

How the story finally came to be published in the U.S.

June 2012 to February 2013 Selections

Book Clubs

February Selection – Seniors Book Club

Submitted by shughes on February 5, 2013 – 12:07pm

The Seniors Book Club will meet Wednesday, February 13 @ 2:00 pm in the Training Room to discuss Up and Down, the latest novel by Canadian humorist Terry Fallis.

More about the book:

February Selection – Monday Evening Book Club

Submitted by shughes on February 5, 2013 – 10:22am

The Monday Evening Book Club will meet February 11 @ 7:00 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss Freddy’s War by Edmonton author Judy Schultz.

More about this award-winning book:

In 1941, a young man imagines thrilling battles and heroic acts when he lies about his age and joins the army. Assigned to the Winnipeg Grenadiers, part of the Canadian army in Hong Kong, Freddy McKee becomes a prisoner of war six weeks after arriving in Hong Kong.

Seniors Book Club Favorites

Submitted by shughes on January 10, 2013 – 3:42pm

A great winter reading list of Senior Book Club favorites from our December meeting:

 

Island by Victoria Hislop

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Blanche Neige by Maxe L’hermenier  (graphic novel)

January Selection – Monday Evening Book Club

Submitted by lmjohnson on January 4, 2013 – 12:38pm

The Monday Evening Book Club will meet January 14th at 7 pm in the Training Room (please note the change of location!). We will discuss Happiness Economics by Shari Lapena, a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

Will Thorne is a stalled poet, married to Judy, a wildly successful celebrity economist.

January Selection – Seniors Book Club

Submitted by lmjohnson on January 4, 2013 – 12:25pm

The Seniors Book Club will meet Wednesday, January 9th at 2 pm in Forsyth Hall. We will discuss The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach.

The novel was originally published in Britain in 2004 under the title “These Foolish Things” and is now also a major motion picture starring Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Tom Wilkinson, Judi Dench, Penelope Wilton and Celia Imrie.

Monday Evening Book Club Favorites

Submitted by shughes on December 14, 2012 – 10:38am

Enjoyed being together at our Book Club Christmas party. Thank you for the delicious food, the fun and all your book suggestions. Your “favorites” make a great holiday reading list.

Seasons Best Wishes Everyone!

Monday Evening Book Club Christmas Party

Submitted by shughes on November 30, 2012 – 11:58am

The Monday Evening Book Club will meet December 10th @ 7:00 pm in Forsyth Hall for our Christmas Party!  Please bring a plate of treats to share, a wrapped new or gently used book for our “secret” book exchange, and be prepared to give a brief talk about a book you enjoyed this year outside of our book club reads.

We always have a great time so hope you can join us!

Seniors Book Club Christmas Party

Submitted by shughes on November 29, 2012 – 4:46pm

The Seniors Book Club will meet December 12th @ 2:00 pm in the Training Room for our Christmas Party! Please bring  a wrapped new or gently used book for our “secret” book exchange, and be prepared to give a brief talk about a book you have enjoyed outside of our book club reads.

 We always have a great time so hope you can join us!

Luise & Sandra

November Selection – Seniors Book Club

Submitted by lmjohnson on November 5, 2012 – 4:19pm

The Seniors Book Club will meet November 14th @ 2 pm in the Training Room. We will discuss The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by German author Jan-Philipp Sendker.

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.

November Selection – Monday Evening Book Club

Submitted by lmjohnson on November 5, 2012 – 4:01pm

The Monday Evening Book Club will meet in Forsyth Hall on November 12th @ 7 pm, to discuss The Winter Palace : a novel of Catherine the Great by award-winning Toronto author Eva Stachniak.

Behind every great ruler lies a betrayal.

October Selection – Monday Evening Book Club

Submitted by shughes on October 3, 2012 – 10:21am

The Monday Evening Book Club will meet October 15th @7 pm in Forsyth Hall to discuss Death Comes to Pemberley by Baroness P.D. James.

A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem.

October Selection – Seniors Book Club

Submitted by shughes on September 21, 2012 – 5:10pm

The Seniors Book Club will meet Wednesday, October 10th @ 2 pm in the Training Room to discuss Freddy’s War by Edmonton author Judy Schultz.

More about this award-winning book:

September Selection – Seniors Book Club

Submitted by lmjohnson on July 16, 2012 – 12:29pm

The Seniors Book Club will meet September 12th @ 2 pm in the 2nd floor Training Room to discuss The Winter Palace by award-winning Toronto novelist Eva Stachniak.

Behind every great ruler lies a betrayal.

September Selection – Monday Evening Book Club

Submitted by lmjohnson on July 14, 2012 – 11:56am

The Monday Evening Book Club will meet September 10th @7 pm in the Training Room to discuss The Antagonist by Edmonton author Lynn Coady.

A finalist for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize, and named one of the best books of the year by Amazon, the Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star, The Antagonist tells the story of Gordon Rankin (“Rank”), a former hockey enforcer driven to seek revenge on a old friend who has published a nove

June Selection – Seniors Book Club

Submitted by shughes on May 25, 2012 – 9:37am

The Seniors Book Club will meet Wednesday, June 13th at 2:00 pm in the library’s Training Room to discuss the delightful An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor.

More about the book, third in the author’s Irish Country series: