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Congratulations to Alice Munro

Click on the image for the story on Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature...

Click on the image for the story on Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize for Literature...

The Luminaries – 2014 Man-Booker Prize

luminaries “Sometimes – rarely – a novel arrives that is so good all you can do is shake your head in wonder. Brilliant in design, masterful in execution, and intensely pleasurable to inhabit, The Luminaries is a masterpiece, the work of a writer of apparently limitless range and talent.” —Peter Hobbs, author of In the Orchard, the Swallows

Lynn Coady wins Giller Prize

hell goingWinner of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. With astonishing range and depth, Scotiabank Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady gives us eight unforgettable new stories, each one of them grabbing our attention from the first line and resonating long after the last. A young nun charged with talking an anorexic out of her religious fanaticism toys with the thin distance between practicality and blasphemy. A strange bond between a teacher and a schoolgirl takes on ever deeper, and stranger, shapes as the years progress. A bride-to-be with a penchant for nocturnal bondage can’t seem to stop bashing herself up in the light of day. Equally adept at capturing the foibles and obsessions of men and of women, compassionate in her humour yet never missing an opportunity to make her characters squirm, fascinated as much by faithlessness as by faith, Lynn Coady is quite possibly the writer who best captures what it is to be human at this particular moment in our history.
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Monthly Pick

Book Club Pick for March – The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

March 20th 6:30pm dinner, 7:30pm discussion
Location TBA

Fifth ChildDoris Lessing’s contemporary gothic horror story—centered on the birth of a baby who seems less than human—probes society’s unwillingness to recognize its own brutality.Harriet and David Lovatt, parents of four children, have created an idyll of domestic bliss in defiance of the social trends of late 1960s England. While around them crime and unrest surge, the Lovatts are certain that their old-fashioned contentment can protect them from the world outside—until the birth of their fifth baby. Gruesomely goblin-like in appearance, insatiably hungry, abnormally strong and violent, Ben has nothing innocent or infant-like about him. As he grows older and more terrifying, Harriet finds she cannot love him, David cannot bring himself to touch him, and their four older children are afraid of him. Understanding that he will never be accepted anywhere, Harriet and David are torn between their instincts as parents and their shocked reaction to this fierce and unlovable child whose existence shatters their belief in a benign world.

Book Club Pick for February – The Crooked Maid by Dan Vyleta

February 20th 6:30pm dinner, 7:30pm discussion

Crooked MaidFrom the writer praised as a cross between Hitchcock and Dostoyevsky, a dark and suspenseful novel set in post-war Vienna among the spectators in a criminal trial

Shortlisted for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Mid-summer, 1948. Two strangers, Anna Beer and young Robert Seidel, meet on a train as they return to Vienna, where life is just resuming after the upheavals of war. Men who were conscripted into the German army are filtering back home, including Anna’s estranged husband, Dr. Anton Beer, who was held prisoner in a brutal Russian camp. But when Anna returns to their old apartment, she finds another man living there and her husband missing.

At his own house, Robert is greeted by a young maid with a deformed spine. The household is in disarray, with his mother addicted to narcotics and his stepfather, an industrialist and former Party member, hospitalized after a mysterious attack.

Determined to rebuild their lives, Anna and Robert each begin a dogged search for answers in a world where repression is the order of the day. Before long, they are reunited as spectators at a criminal trial set to deliver judgment on Austria’s Nazi crimes.

In The Crooked Maid, Dan Vyleta conjures up a city haunted by its sins and a people caught between the needs of the present and debts owed to the past.

Book Club Pick for January – My Best Stories by Alice Munro

Venue: Veronica’s Place

munroMy Best Stories is a dazzling selection of stories—seventeen favourites chosen by the author from across her distinguished career. The stories are arranged in the order in which they were written, allowing even the most devoted Munro admirer to discover how her work developed. “Royal Beatings” shows us right away how far we are from the romantic world of happy endings. “The Albanian Virgin” smashes the idea that all of her stories are set in B.C. or in Ontario’s “Alice Munro Country.” “A Wilderness Station” breaks short story rules by transporting us back to the 1830s and then jumping forward more than a hundred years. And the final story, “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” which was adapted into the film Away from Her, leads us far beyond the turkey-plucking world of young girls into unflinching old age.

Every story in this selection is superb. It is a book to read—and reread—very slowly, savouring each separate story. This collection of small masterpieces deserves a place in every book lover’s home.

Taliban Cricket ClubNovember Pick – The Taliban Cricket Club by Timeri N. Murari

November 20th at The Tin Mill (6:30pm dinner; 7:30pm discussion)

Rukhsana is a spirited young journalist working for the Kabul Daily in Afghanistan. She takes care of her ill, widowed mother and her younger brother, Jahan. With the arrival of a summons for Rukhsana to appear before the infamous Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the family’s world is shattered.

 

October Book Club Pick

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

by Rachel Joyce

 

The Tin Mill, 6:30pm dinner; 7:30pm discussion

September Book Club Pick

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Winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Stephen Leacock Medal, the Prix des libraires du Quebec and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and a #1 national bestseller, The Sisters Brothers is a violent, lustful, hung-over and hilarious odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier.

The Tin Mill 6:30pm dinner; 7:30pm discussion

June Book Club Pick – The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

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“Instantly entrancing.”—Elle
 
“[An] original and brilliant first novel . . . a mesmerizing storyteller . . . I would like to hand Vanessa Diffenbaugh a bouquet of bouvardia (enthusiasm), gladiolus (you pierce my heart) and lisianthus (appreciation). . . . And there is one more sprig I should add to her bouquet: a single pink carnation (I will never forget you).”—Brigitte Weeks, The Washington Post
 
“A captivating novel in which a single sprig of rosemary speaks louder than words . . . The Language of Flowers deftly weaves the sweetness of newfound love with the heartache of past mistakes. . . . [It] will certainly change how you choose your next bouquet.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
Thursday, June 20 (note change of date)

May Book Club Pick – The Painted Girls by Cathy Buchanan

painted girlsThe discussion touched  on several themes found in the book - themes like love, redemption, classism, sexism, poverty. It was generally felt that Degas was an ass; Marie was pretty amazing; Antoinette was also amazing and the story maybe tied up a little too neatly! We were impressed with Buchanan’s research and her ability to weave such a sensory story out of rather sketchy facts. Overall rating was 7.76 – not bad!

Book Club – March 20th

The book is 419 by Will Ferguson.

The venue – The Tin Mill, Uxbridge

The time – 6:30pm dinner; 7:30pm discussion.

December Book Club

reading between the wines Seasonal Book Club Party - Talk books, buy books, steal books December 11th at Blue Heron Books 7:30pm

January Book Club

munro My Best Stories by Alice Munro Venue: Veronica's Place Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

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Our April Artist

 

Anne León

  4. Detail of #3 Leon & Dortbudak, Fusion entry Jan 08 008 Potter, Painter, Photographer   At the age of 11, just before we left New Zealand in 1956, Anne had two lessons on the potter’s wheel. Little did the teacher know that she had introduced Anne to a love which has lasted a life time. While her husband was studying at Cornell University he discovered a student union clay studio in 1967. Anne took a short course there and ended up working there three days a week. As soon as they arrived in Toronto Anne set up with a treadle wheel and began teaching and exhibiting soon after. Anne has taught pottery, breathed pottery, looked at European, South American,American and Canadian museum’s collections of pottery, had articles published in England and Canada about potters in England and Ecuador, collected pottery, photographed pottery,  exhibited pottery and sold pottery.....   Along the way, after about ten intense years of focusing on my studio pottery, I also fell in love with painting, printmaking and photography and have also exhibited in all these media.

Upcoming in the Studio

  • March 8 – Vintage Art Anything, 1-5pm
  • March 22 – Fine Art Private Collections, 1-5pm
  • April 12 – Floral, Big Bold Artworks, 1-5pm
  • April 26 – 1-5pm & April 27– 11-4pm – BHAM Art Show & Sale – Pottery & Fine Art
  • May 3 – 10-5pm & May 4 – 11-4pm – Artists of Uxbridge Art Show and Sale

Ted Barris on TV

great escapePeter Mansbridge goes One on One with Ted Barris. Check out the interview here.
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