Happy New Year from BL

Happy New Year!  After  a day housebound on account of freezing rain, New Year’s Eve and Day has brought squalls and streamers off Georgian Bay… leaving us with 6 to 8 inches of lovely fresh snow (see photos attached).

As you plan for the coming year, mark the following dates on your calendar:

  • Sunday May 17th
  • Sunday June 28th
  • Sunday July 26th
  • Sunday September 6th
  • Sunday October 11th

Do also set aside Thursday March 19th for our annual Field Trip to the final day of taping for Canada Reads 2020.

  • This year’s Canada Reads theme and the longlist of 15 books will be announced on Jan. 8, 2020.
  • The final books and the panellists who will be defending them will be revealed on Jan. 22, 2020.
  • The debates will take place March 16-19, 2020.

That’s a wrap!

That’s it for this season of the Bass Lake Book Club.

Please refer to the attached PDF file for the summary notes regarding our discussion of CROW by Amy Spurway, which was generally very well received by all, and provoked lots of interesting conversation.

Amy Spurway will be appearing at the Toronto International Festival of Authors on Sunday November 3rd.  Find details and purchase tickets here.

October Notes

Anthony DeSa @ the Mactier Public Library

Reminder to all that Giller nominated Canadian author Anthony DeSa will be speaking about his recently released novel Children of the Moon at the Mactier Public Library starting at 7pm on Thursday July 25th.

A representative from Parry Sound Books will be at the Library with copies of this book, and titles from Anthony’s backlist, for sale and for signing.

See you all there.

The 2019 Leacock Medal for Humour

I thought you might be interested to know that both Eden Robinson’s Trickster Drift, and Lindsay Wong’s memoir, The Woo Woo, have just been nominated for the 2019 Leacock Medal for Humour.

Also a few other titles – including Canadian YA – which I certainly wouldn’t have though to include on a list of ‘humour’ titles, but… what do I know…

Details here in this post at the CBC.

Tanya Talaga in Bracebridge!

Yes!  Tanya is coming to our neck of the woods!

I know a bunch of us went together to see her Massey Lecture last fall… and a few of us have seen her again at other events over the winter… but if you are still looking for a chance to listen to her.. this is it!

FNMI presents ~ An Evening with Tanya Talaga… in support of Indigenous Education.
  • Caisse Theatre in Bracebridge
  • Thursday May 16 @ 7:30 pm
  • All Seats $5.00
  • Reserved Seating

The Prison Book Club

If you are around… The Canadian Federation of University Women is hosting an Author’s Night with journalist Ann Walmsley, on Friday May 3rd, at the Caisse Theatre in Bracebridge.

The topic of the conversation will be her non-fiction book titled “The Prison Book Club.”

Check out a few reviews of the book: