Massey Lecture 2018

City life meets Country Life!

In total we were 15 attending the 2018 Massey Lecture this year… members from both the Bass Lake Book Club and the ESA Book Club, as well as another Teacher Librarian friend.

If you missed it… the full five (5) lectures begin airing this evening, November 12th on CBC Radio One: Ideas.

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Save the Dates! Summer 2019 dates announced

Plan now to join us for our Summer 2019 Bass Lake Book Club adventures.

  • Victoria Long Weekend:  Sunday May 19th
  • Canada Day Weekend:  Sunday June 30th
  • Civic Holiday Weekend:  Sunday August 4th
  • Labour Day Weekend:  Sunday Sept 1st
  • Thanksgiving Weekend:  Sunday Oct 13th

Follow the blog, or join our e-mail distribution list, to keep up to date about our book club meetings, and other events and get-togethers.

New members are always welcome to join us.

And another poem!!

Written for a Creative Writing Class…

 

The Best View Ever

There is the dock where Bob the Dog paddleboards.

Up the shore the asshole on his jet ski cuts a figure 8.

Our little bay is clogged with water lilies every July

Inviting my canoe to glide ever-closer for a better look.

The sun sets behind the canopy of pines.

Will it be a better day tomorrow or another day like today?

No matter.

I am alone on a rock toasting the best view ever.

 

By Catherine Brydon, Bass Lake ON cottager

An Irish Limerick

Written while travelling in Ireland, Fall 2018…

There once was two eejit’s from Mactier
Who came to Ireland for the beer
They loved the emerald green
So they rented a camping machine
We signed up for a winding slow ride
Not knowing it was all on the left side
Off we go down one lane roads
When meeting oncoming trucks you need to be bold
So narrow you can scratch your arm
No fear the mirrors already have seen much harm
Garry said we were a long long way to Tipperary
So off to ring of Kerry.

By MaryAnn Beaudin

Labour Day Book Pick

We’ve chosen our book… We made a collective decision to read ‘Seven Fallen Feathers’ by Tanya Talaga… without bothering with a Pick List.

Even more radical, we settled on our book for Thanksgiving as well… A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

Each of these titles has been bandied about – indeed a few of us have already read one or the other, or both – and we decided that it’s high time we just get on with it and read and discuss them.

 

And the title is…

For our August Civic Holiday 2018 Book Club get together… The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (Feminist Fiction)

 

  • Published April 3rd, 2018
  • ‘The perfect feminist blockbuster for our times’ (Kirkus)

 

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings, an electric novel not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.

To be admired by someone we admire—we all yearn for this: the private, electrifying pleasure of being singled out by someone of esteem. But sometimes it can also mean entry to a new kind of life, a bigger world.

Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer—madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place—feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.

Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.