Fall 2018 Book Club Lineup

September: A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

Date: Wednesday, September 26 at 7:30pm

The undisputed master returns with a riveting new book—his first Smiley novel in more than twenty-five years
Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience for its justifications.

Interweaving past and present so that each tells its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. In a story resonating with tension, humor and moral ambivalence, le Carré and his narrator Peter Guillam present the reader with a legacy of unforgettable characters, old and new.

October: The Boat People by Sharon Bala

Date: Wednesday, October 31 at 7:30pm

By the winner of The Journey Prize, and inspired by a real incident, The Boat People is a gripping and morally complex novel about a group of refugees who survive a perilous ocean voyage to reach Canada – only to face the threat of deportation and accusations of terrorism in their new land.

When the rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees reaches the shores of British Columbia, the young father is overcome with relief: he and his six-year-old son can finally put Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war behind them and begin new lives. Instead, the group is thrown into prison, with government officials and news headlines speculating that hidden among the “boat people” are members of a terrorist militia. As suspicion swirls and interrogation mounts, Mahindan fears the desperate actions he took to survive and escape Sri Lanka now jeopardize his and his son’s chances for asylum.

Told through the alternating perspectives of Mahindan; his lawyer Priya, who reluctantly represents the migrants; and Grace, a third-generation Japanese-Canadian adjudicator who must decide Mahindan’s fate, The Boat People is a high-stakes novel that offers a deeply compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis. Inspired by real events, with vivid scenes that move between the eerie beauty of northern Sri Lanka and combative refugee hearings in Vancouver, where life and death decisions are made, Sharon Bala’s stunning debut is an unforgettable and necessary story for our times.

November: Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Date: Wednesday, November 28 at 7:30pm

“In my reckless and undiscouraged youth,” Lillian Boxfish writes, “I worked in a walnut-paneled office thirteen floors above West Thirty-Fifth Street…”

She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, “in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.”

Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now—her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl—but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed—and has not.

A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young.

Book Club Author Visit!

Attention all Book Club Members!

Jean E. Pendziwol will be attending our upcoming book club meeting to join in the discussion about her new novel, and our March reading selection, The Light-Keeper’s Daughters!

The meeting will take place in the Penthouse (8th floor) of The Edinburgh Retirement Residence (10 Vaughan Street) at 7:30pm on Wednesday, March 28.

We hope to see you there!

Spring Book Club List

April: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Session 1: Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30pm

May: The Pigeon Tunnel by John Le Carre

Session 1: Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, May 30 at 7:30pm

Attendees only need to attend one session per month and can select whichever date is most convenient for them. New members are always welcome.

For more information or to join the Book Club, give us a call at 613-742-5030 or send us an e-mail at staff@booksonbeechwood.ca

Happy Reading!

Winter 2018 Book Club List

January: The Chosen Maiden by Eva Stachniak

Session 1: Wednesday, January 10 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, January 31 at 7:30pm

February: Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Session 1: Wednesday, February 14 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, February 28 at 7:30pm

March: The Light-Keeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol

Session 1: Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30pm

Attendees only need to attend one session per month and can select whichever date is most convenient for them. New members are always welcome.

For more information or to join the Book Club, give us a call at 613-742-5030 or send us an e-mail at staff@booksonbeechwood.ca

Happy Reading!

Fall 2017 Book Club List

September The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

Session 1: Wednesday, September 13 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30pm

October: Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Session 1: Wednesday, October 11 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30pm

November: Crying for the Moon by Mary Walsh

Session 1: Wednesday, November 8 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, November 29 at 7:30pm

Attendees only need to attend one session per month and can select whichever date is most convenient for them. New members are always welcome.

For more information or to join the Book Club, give us a call at 613-742-5030 or send us an e-mail at staff@booksonbeechwood.ca

The Book Club will be taking a break after May for the summer. Keep an eye on our website for the club’s return in September for the fall session.

Happy Reading!

Book Club List for April and May 2017

AprilCommonwealth by Ann Patchett

Session 1: Wednesday, April 12 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, April 26 at 7:30pm

MayThe Marriage Bureau by Penrose Halson

Session 1: Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, May 31 at 7:30pm

Attendees only need to attend one session per month and can select whichever date is most convenient for them. New members are always welcome.

For more information or to join the Book Club, give us a call at 613-742-5030 or send us an e-mail at staff@booksonbeechwood.ca

The Book Club will be taking a break after May for the summer. Keep an eye on our website for the club’s return in September for the fall session.

Happy Reading!

Book Club Reads Through March 2017

FebruaryMinister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter

Session 1: Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30pm

March: Birdie by Tracey Lindberg

Session 1: Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30pm

 

Attendees only need to attend one session per month and can select whichever date is most convenient for them. New members are always welcome.

For more information or to join the Book Club, give us a call at 613-742-5030 or send us an e-mail at staff@booksonbeechwood.ca

Book Club Reads for September through November 2016

illegalhillSeptemberThe Illegal by Lawrence Hill

Session 1: Wednesday, September 14 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30pm

October: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Session 1: Wednesday, October 12 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30pm

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November: The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami

Session 1: Wednesday, November 9 @ 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, November 30 @ 7:30pm

Attendees only need to attend one session per month and can select whichever date is most convenient for them. New members are always welcome.

 

For more information or to join the Book Club, give us a call at 613-742-5030 or send us an e-mail at staff@booksonbeechwood.ca

Book Club Reads for April and May

outlinecuskApril: Outline by Rachel Cusk

Session 1: Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30pm

May: The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

Session 1: Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30pm

arttraveldebottonAttendees only need to attend one session per month and can select whichever date is most convenient for them. New members are always welcome.

For more information or to join the Book Club, give us a call at 613-742-5030 or send us an e-mail at staff@booksonbeechwood.ca

Book Club Lineup for 2016

mJanuary: They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson

Session 1: Wednesday, January 13 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, January 27 at 7:30pm

 

February: Arctic Summer by Damon Galgut

Session 1: Wednesday, February 10 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30pm

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March: Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

Session 1: Wednesday, March 9 at 7:30pm

Session 2: Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30pm

Attendees only need to attend one session per month and can select whichever date is most convenient for them. New members are always welcome.

For more information or to join the Book Club, give us a call at 613-742-5030 or send us an e-mail at staff@booksonbeechwood.ca