Nov 242015
 
 November 24, 2015  Book Clubs

reyrosaseverinaThursday, December 3 at 10:30 am

Come and participate in the upcoming book discussion of Severina, a novella by Guatemalan writer Rodrigo Rey Rosa, originally published in Spanish in 2011 and superbly translated into English by Chris Andrews. Rodrigo Rey Rosa is one of the most prominent writers on the contemporary Guatemalan literary scene. He is considered a master in the art of saying more with less.

The narrator, part owner of a bookstore, observes a beautiful young woman shoplifting his books. The bookseller falls in love with the book thief and allows her to continue stealing his books and his soul. Soon there are other serious problems stemming from his infatuation with Severina.  This deceptively simple book is full of surprises, and a strange effect of the author’s clear and precise prose is a sense that much more is going on than is said on the page.

Discover this book, along with some café con medialunas on Thursday, December 3 at 10:30 am in the MPR at the library.

To sign up and for more information, call María Luisa at 514-485-6900, ext. 4110.

Nov 192015
 
 November 19, 2015  Book Clubs

Frog Music

This event has been CANCELLED.

If you missed November’s talk, you are invited to join the Côte Saint-Luc Women’s Social Club at the ACC and hear CSL librarian, Melissa, talk about Frog Music by Emma Donoghue.  It will be held on Wednesday, January 13th at 1:45pm.  There is no talk in December.

This novel is by the same author who brought us Room.  Burlesque dancer Blanche Beunon tries to discover who murdered her friend Jenny, who was shot through a window in a railroad saloon in 1876 San Francisco, amidst a record-breaking heatwave and smallpox epidemic.  Based on true events, this story explores the issues of women’s rights and freedoms, their status and sexual urges.  There are no two better characters to prove society wrong than Blanche and Jenny.

You are encouraged to share your thoughts with others and to ask any questions you may have about the book—except for the ending!

If you have any questions about November’s title, Love Saves the Day, Melissa will be happy to answer them.

The library has 5 copies of the current book to be discussed.  Grab one off the shelf!

Coffee, tea and goodies will be provided after the talk, for some friendly socializing. Feel free to bring a friend.

Cost at the door for CSL Women’s Club Members: $3

Cost for Non-members: $4

Nov 052015
 
 November 5, 2015  Book Clubs

American WifeIf you missed November’s meeting, join us next month on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015 at 7 pm (This session is full.  You must be a library member and registered to attend).  It will be the last meeting before starting up again in April.

Next book title: American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

As we are in the midst of a new government and U.S. political debates, Melissa thought it fitting to select the current title.  The novel focuses on a fictionalized account of Laura Bush’s marriage to president George W. Bush.  When her husband is elected president of the United States, Alice Blackwell finds her new position as first lady increasingly tumultuous as she recalls her early life, her courtship and marriage, and the crisis that nearly destroyed their relationship.  She reflects on the privileges and difficulties of her position as her private beliefs conflict with her public responsibilities.  The discussion should raise many issues and memories, sparking a mini political debate.  Melissa anticipates a well rounded conversation.

Oct 262015
 
 October 26, 2015  Book Clubs

neruda-case_277_420Thursday, November 5 at 10:30 am

Would you like to attend our next book club meeting? We are a group of reading enthusiasts who meet over a riveting book, a cup of coffee and croissants at the library.

On November 5, we will discuss The Neruda Case written by the award-winning Chilean author, Roberto Ampuero. This is his first novel published in English.

In this fictional interpretation of Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda’s final days in 1973, the author successfully blends historical facts, including the hours prior to the coup that ended Salvador Allende’s government in 1973, with biographical details of Neruda’s complex life and love affairs.

Set against the backdrop of Chile’s political upheaval, Neruda, who’s ill with cancer seeks out and employs Cuban Cayetano Brulé in Valparaíso to investigate the whereabouts of a former acquaintance.

Never mind that Brulé is no detective. The aging poet persuades the young Brulé to become his “own private Maigret”. The mission seems straight forward, except Neruda has not only withheld critical information, but he has also sworn Brulé to secrecy. The plot twists from Mexico City to East Germany, from lies to truth, from uneasy peace to political coup, from life to death.

To sign up and for more information, call María Luisa at 514-485-6900, ext. 4110

Oct 152015
 
 October 15, 2015  Book Clubs

Love Saves the DayIf you missed October’s talk, you are invited to join the Côte Saint-Luc Women’s Social Club at the ACC and hear CSL librarian, Melissa, talk about Love Saves the Day by Gwen Cooper.  It will be held on Wednesday, November 18th at 1:45pm.

Losing her home when her owner passes away, Prudence the cat is taken in by her former owner’s grieving daughter, who maintains a meticulously organized life to avoid the pain of past losses and memories about her dynamic relationship with her mother.  Although one of the main characters is a feline, the story will make you feel warm and realize the worth of family and pets alike!  A touching tale with some strong messages.

You are encouraged to share your thoughts with others and to ask any questions you may have about the book—except for the ending!

If you have any questions about last month’s title, The Good Luck of Right Now, Melissa will be happy to answer them.

The library has 2 copies circulating of the current book to be discussed.  Take one out today!

Coffee, tea and goodies will be provided after the talk, for some friendly socializing. Feel free to bring a friend.

Cost at the door for CSL Women’s Club Members: $3

Cost for Non-members: $4

Oct 082015
 
 October 8, 2015  Book Clubs

Between GodsIf you missed October’s meeting, join us next month on Wednesday, November 4th, 2015 at 7 pm (This session is full.  You must be a library member and registered to attend).

Next book title: Between Gods: A Memoir by Alison Pick

Chosen as the CSL Reads title for this year, the author will be coming for a visit on October 22nd, at 7 pm.  The group will not only have the chance to read the book before she arrives but will then get together to discuss her work after the fact.  Pick is the author of two novels: Far To Go and The Sweet Edge, as well as collections of poetry.  In her memoir, she openly shares her struggle with choosing a religion and dealing with depression.  As there are many themes to focus on, the club should have an engaging conversation, especially if they have attended the author visit.  Melissa anticipates a successful turnout for the next meeting.

Sep 292015
 
 September 29, 2015  Book Clubs

bookunknownamericansThursday, October 8 at 10:30 am

Mark your calendars and join us on October 8 for an entertaining hour-long discussion on The Book of the Unknown Americans written by the talented and acclaimed Panamanian-American author, Cristina Henríquez.

Moving from Mexico to the United States when their daughter suffers a traumatic brain injury, the Riveras are willing to sacrifice everything in order to send their daughter to a special school. Henríquez evokes a profound sense of hope, and delivers a moving account of those who will do anything to build a future for their children—even if they have to confront endless difficulties including cultural barriers, and alienation.

In the words of Donna Seaman, the author has “compassionately imagined a gently comedic, and profoundly wrenching novel of big dreams and crushing reality, courageous love and unfathomable heartbreak.”

If you are a member of the library and would like to register, send an e-mail to mmorales@cotesaintluc.org.

Sep 102015
 
 September 10, 2015  Book Clubs

The Good Luck of Right NowIf you missed September’s talk, you are invited to join the Côte Saint-Luc Women’s Social Club at the ACC and hear CSL librarian, Melissa, talk about The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick.  It will be held on Wednesday, October 14th at 1:45pm.  This novel is by the same author who brought us The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into a popular movie.

Bartholomew Neil is 39 and has just lost his mother to cancer.  That in itself is sad but what is really quite troublesome is how he is a recluse—he never had any job or friends, besides the Irish priest from his congregation (Father McNamee).  Things take a turn when, after the funeral, Bartholomew finds a signed letter by Richard Gere in his mom’s underwear drawer.

You are encouraged to share your thoughts with others and to ask any questions you may have about the book—except for the ending!

If you have any questions about September’s title, Bone and Bread, Melissa will be happy to answer them.

The library has 3 copies circulating of the current book to be discussed.  Take one out today!

Coffee, tea and goodies will be provided after the talk, for some friendly socializing. Feel free to bring a friend.

Cost at the door for CSL Women’s Club Members: $3

Cost for Non-members: $4

Sep 032015
 
 September 3, 2015  Book Clubs

A Complicated KindnessIf you missed September’s meeting, join us next month on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 7 pm (This session is full.  You must be a library member and registered to attend).

Next book title: A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews

Doomed to work at the Happy Family Farm, a chicken slaughterhouse in a town run by religious fundamentalists, sixteen-year-old Nomi Nickel manages to bear witness to the dissolution of her family with a dark, sly wit.  She lives alone with her doleful father, who is a dutiful member of the town church.  Nomi, on the other hand, is inquisitive by nature and her compulsive questioning brings her into conflict with the town’s various authorities, most notably Hans Rosenfeldt, the sanctimonious church pastor.  As the contemporary story unfolds, a series of flashbacks reveal that Nomi’s irreverent older sister Tash, left town three years earlier with her boyfriend, Ian, and that Nomi’s mother, Trudie, also left, though under more mysterious circumstances.  As this novel won the Governor General’s Award in 2004 and the Canada Reads competition in 2006, there is a lot to dissect in the story.  Melissa is hoping the discussion will be just as engaging as last month’s gathering.

 

Aug 272015
 
 August 27, 2015  Book Clubs

Thursday, September 3 at 10:30 am

Join us at the library for an hour-long book discussion of: Captain Alatriste, the swashbuckling hero of the first in a magnificent adventure series of six historical novels from the acclaimed Spanish author Arturo Pérez-Reverte.

Captain Alatriste y Tenorio, a retired soldier and veteran of Spain’s Flemish wars, works as a hired sword in the 1620s which inevitably leads him into some dicey situations; the one detailed here is a commission to assassinate, under the cover of darkness, two Englishmen on a visit to Madrid. And what happens next is only the first in a series of riveting twists and turns, with implications that will reverberate throughout the courts of Europe. Splendidly paced and filled with a sense of the history and spirit of the age, this is popular entertainment at its best.

Our monthly meetings are entertaining, and informative. Read the book and come for the chat, coffee and croissants!

Reminder: In order to register and to get copies of the book, please call 514-485-6900, ext. 4110 or ask to speak with María Luisa.