February 22, March 8, April 26, May 24
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Exchange and challenge ideas, meet new friends, and enjoy engaging discussions about books in a friendly and informal setting. Monthly gatherings are facilitated by Beverley Fingerhut. Spring titles include: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf, Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry and Judas by Amos Oz.
Make a day of it at the MNjcc – come for our morning Book Club gathering and stay for our afternoon cultural program, concert, lecture or workshop.
Thursday February 22: Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
Thursday March 8: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Thursday April 26: Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Thursday May 24: Judas by Amos Oz
Thursday February 22, 2018
Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
This Book Club gathering is generously sponsored by Penguin Random House Canada.
In a recent conversation with Shelagh Rogers and Joseph Boyden about storytelling as redemption, Richard Wagamese spoke about the role of stories in his life. Throughout his writing career, first as a journalist and then as a novelist, he said he’d sought clarity and connection between native people and settlers. “The story of Canada is the story of her relationship with native people,” he said. “If we lean over the back fence and share part of that story with the person on the other side of the fence, we bring each other closer.”
Franklin Starlight is called to visit his father, Eldon. He's sixteen years old and has had the most fleeting of relationships with the man. The rare moments they've shared haunt and trouble Frank, but he answers the call, a son's duty to a father. He finds Eldon decimated after years of drinking, dying of liver failure in a small town flophouse. Eldon asks his son to take him into the mountains, so he may be buried in the traditional Ojibway manner. What ensues is a journey through the rugged and beautiful backcountry, and a journey into the past, as the two men push forward to Eldon's end. From a poverty-stricken childhood, to the Korean War, and later the derelict houses of mill towns, Eldon relates both the desolate moments of his life and a time of redemption and love and in doing so offers Frank a history he has never known, the father he has never had, and a connection to himself he never expected.
A novel about love, friendship, courage, and the idea that the land has within it powers of healing, Medicine Walk reveals the ultimate goodness of its characters and offers a deeply moving and redemptive conclusion. Wagamese's writing soars and his insight and compassion are matched by his gift of communicating these to the reader.
Thursday March 8, 2018
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf’s inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis’s wife. His daughter lives hours away, her son even farther, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better–their pleasures and their difficulties–a beautiful story of second chances unfolds, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer’s enduring contribution to American literature.
Thursday April 26, 2018
Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Set against an Ireland besieged by conflict, The Secret Scripture is an engrossing tale of one woman’s life, and a vivid reminder of the stranglehold that the Catholic church had on individuals throughout much of the twentieth century.
Thursday May 24, 2018
Judas by Amos Oz
At once an exquisite love story and coming-of-age novel, an allegory for the state of Israel and for the biblical tale from which it draws its title, Judas is Amos Oz's most powerful novel in decades.
About The Facilitator
MNjcc Book Club facilitator Beverley Fingerhut is a former docent of the Art Gallery of Ontario, with honour degrees in both art and history. Currently Beverley is a National Program Director at the Centre of Excellence in Business Analysis at the Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business, and York University. She has over 30 years of experience in the areas of strategic planning, needs analysis, facilitation, and managing change. As an academic, Beverley has been the course director for Entrepreneur Business Development Skills for the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies as well as a Director and an adjunct professor in the Professional and Technical Writing Programme at York University.Beverley has assisted in researching, writing and editing two books and articles on complex decision making and strategic planning. In addition to her consulting and facilitation roles, Beverley has spoken at conferences on topics related to linking business and technology.
“I appreciate that [Beverley] spends the time researching the background of the author, relevant themes, time period and reviews of each book. She comes prepared to facilitate a discussion and makes sure that each participant has the chance to express their point of view. She sets the tone that this is a safe and respectful environment for everyone.” - Elyssa Marks
“I would like to thank you for initiating the Book Club program. It has been a very enjoyable experience to participate in the lively discussions following Beverley's thorough informative research, presentation and probing questions on the carefully chosen and interesting book selections.” - Beverley Ross
“I really enjoy this Book Club. Although I am involved in several other book groups, I find this one very special. I really appreciate all the work that Beverley puts into her presentations and I have enjoyed the selection of books. What I find most interesting is the group itself. We don't know one another and we come from different backgrounds, so we all bring different perspectives to our discussions.” - Maxanne Ezer