The Friends Book Club meets at the Millennium Library at 10:15 a.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, September to June. You will find us in a meeting room on the second floor (ask for directions at the Special Services desk). Casual drop-ins and new members are always welcome.

For more information phone Faith Johnston at (204) 813-3624 or Joan Curle at (204) 254-6697.

More about the Book Club

The Friends began two book clubs in 2001, one which met in the day time, the other in the evening. Lynda Bagacki was designated by the Friends’ board to oversee the daytime one. Lynda passed the baton to Faith Johnston a few years ago. If Faith’s name rings a bell, you may have read one her best-selling books! And Faith isn’t the only published member; Hazel Birt is the writer and illustrator of a number of books.

As with most book clubs, books are suggested and voted on and chosen a few months ahead. The titles are varied. “Many of us find that we read books we would normally not choose and that are interesting to us” (Hazel Birt).

At each meeting, the person who originally suggested the title will start the discussion by reviewing the book and then they go around the table so that everyone has the opportunity to share their own opinions. Listening and considering other points of view is important: “They often see things I miss or see things from a different angle.” (Valerie Wilson).

The books chosen for the 2018-2019 season are:

September 18          A House Without Windows  – Nadia Hashimi

October 16              The Parcel  – Anosh Irani

November 20         A Boy in Winter   – Rachel Seiffert

December 11           The Zookeeper’s Wife  (non-fiction)  – Diane Ackerman

January 15              Wolf Willow  – Wallace Stegner (classic)

February 19           An American Marriage  – Tayari Jones

March 19                The Water Beetles – Michael Kaan

April 16                  The House of Mirth  – Edith Wharton (classic)

May 21                    I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh

June 11                   Choosing books for next year