Book Club

    A pile of books with Book Club written out across the spines Thursday, October 18, 2018
    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. Book reviewer: Beverley Fingerhut. Fall titles include: The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish, The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain, and Exit West by Mohsin Ahmid.


    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.


    The Weight of Ink by Rachel KadishThursday October 18, 2018
    The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

    Winner of a 2017 National Jewish Book Award and USA Today Bestseller

    An intellectual and emotional jigsaw puzzle of a novel, The Weight of Ink is a sophisticated work of historical fiction about women separated by centuries, and the choices and sacrifices they must make in order to reconcile the life of the heart and mind.

    Set in London of the 1660s and of the early twenty-first century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an immigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city; and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history.

    As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of seventeenth-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation. Enlisting the help of Aaron Levy, an American graduate student as impatient as he is charming, and in a race with another fast-moving team of historians, Helen embarks on one last project: to determine the identity of the documents' scribe, the elusive ‘Aleph’.






    The Gustav Sonata with a rose and musical notes

    Thursday November 15,  2018
    The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

    International Bestseller and Winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction

    A breathtakingly radiant story of an unlikely childhood friendship that survives the test of time.

    Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem only a distant echo. An only child, he lives alone with Emilie, the mother he adores but who treats him with bitter severity. He begins an intense friendship with a Jewish boy his age, talented and mercurial Anton Zweibel, a budding concert pianist. The novel follows Gustav’s family, tracing the roots of his mother’s anti-Semitism and its impact on her son and his beloved friend. Moving backward to the war years and the painful repercussions of an act of conscience, and forward through the lives and careers of the two men, one who becomes a hotel owner, the other a concert pianist, The Gustav Sonata explores the passionate love of childhood friendship as it is lost, transformed, and regained over a lifetime. It is a powerful and deeply moving addition to the beloved oeuvre of one of our greatest contemporary novelists.

    The Gustav Sonata is a work of extreme and painful beauty, the story of one profound love amid many failed relationships, and of the conflict between passion and self-control. Rose Tremain is one of the very finest British novelists, and deserves, with this brilliant novel, to reach a wide new audience.” — Salman Rushdie


    book cover of Exit WestThursday January 24
    Exit West by Mohsin Ahmid

    Generously sponsored by Penguin Random House

    Named One Of The 10 Best Books Of The Year By The New York Times, Finalist For the 2017 Man Booker Prize and National Book Critics Circle Awards 

    A New York Times bestseller, Exit West is an astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands. 

    In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. . .
    Exit West follows these remarkable characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.



    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.



    “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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