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Book Club

illustrated books in a fifties colour scheme with some cups of teaThursdays;
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.

 FREE – please RSVP 1 week in advance to Deanna Di Lello at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or x250. 
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 March 8: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Thursday April 26: Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
Thursday May 24: Judas by Amos Oz


Our Souls at Night

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.

 

Book cover: Secret Scripture 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.

An epic story of family, love, and unavoidable tragedy from the two-time Man Booker Prize finalist. Now a major motion picture starring Rooney Mara. Sebastian Barry’s latest novel, Days Without End, is now available.

Sebastian Barry’s novels have been hugely admired by readers and critics, and in 2005 his novel A Long Way was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In The Secret Scripture, Barry revisits County Sligo, Ireland, the setting for his previous three books, to tell the unforgettable story of Roseanne McNulty. Once one of the most beguiling women in Sligo, she is now a resident of Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital and nearing her hundredth year. 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. The Secret Scripture is soon to be a film starring Rooney Mara and Vanessa Redgrave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book cover: JudasThursday 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.

SHORT-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE

Winner of the International Literature Prize, the new novel by Amos Oz is his first full-length work since the best-selling A Tale of Love and Darkness.

Jerusalem, 1959. Shmuel Ash, a biblical scholar, is adrift in his young life when he finds work as a caregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man named Gershom Wald. There is, however, a third, mysterious presence in his new home. Atalia Abarbanel, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, a beautiful woman in her forties, entrances young Shmuel even as she keeps him at a distance. Piece by piece, the old Jerusalem stone house, haunted by tragic history and now home to the three misfits and their intricate relationship, reveals its secrets.

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

smiling womanMNjcc 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.

  

Testimonials:

“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

 

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