Aug 242015
 August 24, 2015  Book Clubs

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeIf you missed August’s meeting, join us next week on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 at 7 pm (This session is full.  You must be a library member and registered to attend).

Next book title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.  This book was very popular when it came out and won the Alex Award in 2004.  The novel was Haddon’s first for adults, though it was still categorized in some places as a book for young readers.  A mystery mixed with humor and coming-of-age, it is easy to read and fun.  The book’s charm has taken off quite well that it has now become a Broadway phenomena.  Though it is a light read, there are tons of issues to discuss in the club.  Melissa looks forward to the meeting.

Aug 182015
 August 18, 2015  Book Clubs

On Thursday, September 10 at 2 pm, join librarian Alisa to discuss Alice Sebold‘s The Lovely Bones,

 “My name was Salmon, like the fish, first name Susie,” the novel disarmingly begins. “I was 14 when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.. . It was still back when people believed things like that didn’t happen.” Susie Salmon, whose bones are shut in an old safe and sunk in quicksand by her neighbour Mr Harvey, spends the book watching and narrating, from her perfect adolescent heaven, the tale of her loss and the rupture her murder brings about in the lives of her family, her killer and her friends.  (Source: The Guardian)

The Afternoon Book Circle is for registered members of the Library – drop by or call the reference desk to sign up. We will also be meeting on October 8 and November 12. Winter dates TBA.


Aug 182015
 August 18, 2015  Book Clubs

Join librarian Alisa on Monday, September 21 at the French Book Club to discuss Nancy Huston’s Fault Lines.

Nancy Huston’s novel, Fault Lines, which was originally published in French (winning France’s Prix Femina in 2006) and is translated by the author herself, is a family history and an exploration of the trauma of war. It’s a tale told backwards in four segments, each narrated by a six-year-old child from a different generation of the same family: Sol in 2004 California, obsessed with Iraq; Randall, encountering the 1982 Lebanon war after moving from New York to Haifa; Sadie in 1962 Toronto and New York; and Kristina in 1944-45 Germany. (Source: Quill & Quire)

The Club will meet on September 21 at 3pm for an in-depth conversation in French about this novel. The book up for discussion in October will be announced at the September meeting. We will also be meeting on October 19, November 16, and December 7.

To sign up, call the Reference Dept at 514-485-6900 or send us an e-mail at


Jul 202015
 July 20, 2015  Book Clubs

Thursday, July 23 at 10:30 am

Would you enjoy getting together with other reading enthusiasts to discuss a good book? We invite you to an entertaining discussion of the novel: All men are liars written by the Argentine-born writer Alberto Manguel. Internationally acclaimed as an anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist, and editor, Alberto Manguel is the bestselling author of several award-winning books.

In All men are liars, journalist Jean-Luc Terradillos is working on a biography about an elusive novelist named Alejandro Bevilacqua, who died around 30 years ago. Terradillos interviews four people, gathering four different life stories, and while trying to separate the truth from the lies introduces us to these tales which make up one man’s life. Nearly everything about Bevilacqua’s life is left up to the reader to decide.

Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, September 3 at 10:30 am. Please phone the library to register by dialing 514-485-6900, ext. 4110.

Jul 132015
 July 13, 2015  Book Clubs

Join librarian Alisa on Monday, August 10 at the French Book Club to discuss Amin Maalouf’s Les désorientés.

The novel tells the story of Adam, who returns to his native country after many years of exile in Paris for the funeral of a dear friend. It is an occasion to reflect on war, friendship, and the passage of time.

The Club will meet on August 10 at 3pm for an in-depth conversation in French about this novel. The book up for discussion in September will be announced at the August meeting.

To sign up, call the Reference Dept at 514-485-6900 or send us an e-mail at

Jul 132015
 July 13, 2015  Book Clubs

Thursday, August 6 at 2 pm, join librarian Alisa to discuss Frank McCourt’s Teacher Man,  which describes his experiences working in New York City high schools.

If you enjoyed Angela’s Ashes or simply want to read about the improbable adventures of an Irish-American nearly fired on his first day on the job, then this is the book for you.

The Afternoon Book Circle is for registered members of the Library – drop by or call the reference desk to sign up.


Jul 092015
 July 9, 2015  Book Clubs

Storied Life of A.J. FikryIf you missed last night’s meeting, join us next month on Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at 7 pm (This session is full. You must be registered and a library member to attend.)

Next book title: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A.J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family, and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.  A novel with mention of other great books and a story that focuses on re-examining one’s life, this tale is one filled with sad yet humorous moments.  It is a nice fast read for the Summer, which received star reviews and praise.  Melissa is wondering where the discussion will lead when the group gets together.

Jun 182015
 June 18, 2015  Book Clubs

Thursday, July 9 at 2 pm, join librarian Alisa to discuss Marina Lewycka‘s A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, shortlisted for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction.

The novel describes the reactions of two daughters when their widowed, 84-year-old father Nikolai marries a highly sexual and much younger Ukrainian immigrant, Valentina. Concerned about Valentina’s motives, Nadezhda and Vera are drawn back into contact with each other after a long period of estrangement. They find themselves united against a common enemy in Valentina, whose grasping, manipulative behavior escalates until the daughters finally succeed in obtaining a divorce for their father.

Nikolai, a former engineer who immigrated to Britain in the aftermath of the Second World War, is writing a history of tractors in Ukrainian, translated extracts from which appear throughout the text. In the process of sorting out Nikolai’s marital entanglements, Nadezhda also uncovers secrets from her family’s history and learns about their experiences during the Ukrainian famine and Stalin’s purges. (Source)

The Afternoon Book Circle is for registered members of the Library – drop by or call the reference desk to sign up. We will also be meeting on August 6.


Jun 172015
 June 17, 2015  Book Clubs, Special Events

Good Reads in the Garden posterGood Reads in the Garden
Thursday, July 2 at 2 pm

In the Ashkelon Gardens—behind the Library

Join us outdoors in the beautiful demonstration garden where our librarians will present their favourite books to discover this summer.

Come hear which books Alisa, Anne, Danielle, Janine, and Melissa have chosen as the best summer reads!

Light refreshments will be served.

Jun 172015
 June 17, 2015  Book Clubs

Fin & LadyIf you missed June’s talk, remember that the next one is only in August.  There will be no talk in July.  You are invited to join the Côte Saint-Luc Women’s Social Club at the ACC and hear CSL librarian, Melissa, talk about Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine.  It will be held on Wednesday, August 12th at 1:45pm.  Author of the popular The Three Weissmanns of Westport, this is the her most recent novel.

The book is about a bittersweet story of the bond between siblings.  Lady becomes Fin’s guardian when he loses his mother at eleven years old.  Their father (who was never really paternal to either of them) has long passed away, so now all they have is one another.  Lady takes the responsibility, at twenty-four, to look after Fin and make sure his finances are all in order for when he becomes of age.  But being so young herself and living in the era of psychedelic enlightenment, she feels unfit to be a proper guardian.

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 June’s title, The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden , Melissa will be happy to answer them.

The library has 2 copies 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