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    Book Club in a Bag

    Little Mosque on the Prairie

    by Adrienne - 0 Comment(s)

     

    I grew up being just a wee bit overly fond of Little House on the Prairie. I couldn't help it I think. I was given a copy of Little House in the Big Woods as my first chapter book for Christmas when I was six. A lifelong love of both reading and drawing (yes Garth Williams did great drawings!!) was born. Heritage Park was my favourite haunt. I even used to wear calico dresses and aprons to school… given the chance. Sooo when Little Mosque on the Prairie came out I was quite intrigued. Apparently I was not the only one, as the CBC miniseries by the same name is quite popular. And yes, the library has all 6 episodes on DVD.

    Join us on Wednesday November 12th at 7:30pm to meet the creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie, Zarqa Nawaz for an evening of storytelling and humour, as she shares her new book Laughing All the Way to the Mosque. Register Here. Zarqa is apparently quite charming and entertaining in person. Get a glimpse of her book here and check out Mario Toneguzzi's article on her in the Calgary Herald on November 8th. Zarqa's latest offerings are more comic departures than her earlier more somber NFB documentary Me and the Mosque (which does contains some droll elements).

    With her book she hopes to dispel a lot of misconceptions prevalent in popular portrayals of Muslim women in the media. As the name implies Laughing All the Way to the Mosque is a hilarious picture of Muslim life in the suburbs. Nawaz details how she grew up in a household where according to her father, the Quran says it's okay to eat at McDonald's-but only if you order the McFish.

    Canadian Authors Honoured

    by Sonya

    Who's just been appointed to the Order of Canada? Two fantastic Canadian authors! And both have new titles on offer for your reading pleasure.

    Louise Penny

    The author of the much-loved Inspector Gamache series set in Three Pines, Quebec, has lots to celebrate! Her latest in this series, How the Light Gets In, somehow manages to surpass the already high expectations of her fans. (Well, this one, at least.)

    Join the hold list if you haven't already had the pleasure of Inspector Gamache's company in this latest installment.

    Douglas Coupland

    This inimitable author's latest novel, Worst. Person. Ever., promises to be as funny as any of his titles. Click on the title or book cover to read the summary.

    Discover Alice Munro

    by Sonya - 0 Comment(s)

    I first discovered Alice Munro through her classic short story collection The Lives of Girls and Women. Several stories from this collection were on my assigned reading list for English class in high school, and I remember being drawn in by the perfect portrayal of the characters' inner lives. Although I have always preferred full length novels, Alice Munro is an exception. It is so exciting to see a Canadian winner of the Nobel prize, and one so deserving!

    Throughout her long career, Alice Munro has produced numerous brilliant stories and never stagnated as a writer. Even though she has announced her retirement from writing at the age of 82, her work continues to dazzle readers and critics alike. If you're new to Munro, or haven't read her work since high school, take the opportunity to celebrate her achievement by reading one of her many short story collections. Her latest title, Dear Life, was published in 2012—add your name to the hold list today. Will it be her last collection? We can only hope not.

    More from Alice Munro:

    If the waiting lists for Alice Munro's collections are too long for you just now, try some of these other authors whose short stories I love:

    Winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Announced!

    by Shannon S - 0 Comment(s)

    The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes is the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

    The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes

    Tony Webster, now that he is older, is trying to make sense of some of the ways he has behaved towards other people. He discovers that how he remembers events may not be the same way that others remember them.

    It was one of six titles shortlisted including:

    Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch

    After surviving an encounter with an escaped tiger, Jaffy Brown, a nineteenth-century street urchin, goes to work for Mr. Charles Jamrach, alongside Tim, a good but sometimes spitefully competitive boy with whom he forms a long, close friendship. Years pass and Mr. Jamrach recruits the two boys, now teenagers, to capture a fabled dragonlike creature during the course of a three-year whaling expedition. Jaffy and Tim are forced to confront man's relationship to the natural world and the wildness it contains.

    The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

    Set against the backdrop of the great California Gold Rush, this darkly comic novel follows the misadventures of the fabled Sisters brothers, two hired guns, who, under the order of the mysterious Commodore, try to kill Hermann Kermit Warm, a man who gives them a run for their money.

    Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

    The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He was twenty years old. He was a German citizen. And he was black. Fifty years later, Sid, Hiero's bandmate and the only witness that day, is going back to Berlin.

    Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman

    Lying in front of Harrison Opuku is a body, the body of one of his classmates. Armed with a pair of camouflage binoculars and detective techniques absorbed from television shows like CSI, Harri and his best friend, Dean, plot to bring the perpetrator to justice. Told in Harri's infectious voice and multicultural slang, Pigeon English follows in the tradition of our great novels of friendship and adventure, as Harri finds wonder, mystery, and danger in his new, ever-expanding world.

    Snowdropsby A.D. Miller

    Witnessing the progression of regional corruption in his work as a British lawyer in early 2000s Moscow, Nick Platt rescues two sisters from a purse snatcher and pursues a glamorous romantic relationship with one of the sisters before he is asked to help with a dubious family endeavor.

    The winner receives £50,000 and each of the six shortlisted authors, including the winner, receives £2,500 and a designer bound edition of their book.

    Looking for more Award Winning Reads? Why don’t you contact your local library or try NoveList. Did you know that your Calgary Public Library card gives you access to this great database full of ideas for what to read next? If you want to use this resource for great reads, just click here and log on with your Calgary Public Library card.

    *Annotations courtesy of NoveList.