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  • The library is now open on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm!
  • A BIG thank you to 100 Women Who Care South Okanagan for their incredibly generous donation of $3,900, which will go towards our Coding Club and STEAM programming! 

Adult Programs

Adult presentation in auditorium

General Program Information

 

How much do the programs cost? They are all FREE

Book Clubs

Who can join? Everyone 18 years and older is welcome to join!  

What is the difference between the three book clubs? The two afternoon book clubs read the exact same books, just in a different order. The evening book club has a different set of books entirely.   

Can I join more than one club? You are welcome to join the evening book club, and one of the afternoon book clubs. 

Where do I get the book? Come to the circulation desk, and see if there is a copy OR pick a copy up when the book club meets.

Learning at Lunch

Who can come? This program is designed for adults, but anyone may come. We also have a ton of excellent children's programing available specifically for our younger patrons!

When does it start? At 12:00pm (noon).

Tuesday Night Movies

Who can come? Everyone 18 years and older is welcome to come to our Tuesday Night Movies.

When does it start? The doors open at 5:45pm and the movie starts at 6:00pm.

 

 

A Novel Idea: H is for Hawk

Monday, October 16
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

H is for Hawk

Title: H is for Hawk

Author: Helen Macdonald

H is for Hawk tells Macdonald's story of the year she spent training a goshawk in the wake of her father's death. Her father, Alisdair Macdonald, was a respected photojournalist who died suddenly of a heart attack in 2007. Having been a falconer for many years, she purchased a young goshawk to help her through the grieving process.

** There is a large print copy of the book available in the book club set. 

Learning at Lunch: The Green Mountain of Oman

Friday, October 27
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Join Jerry Buzzell on a tour of Jebel Akhdar, the green mountain of Oman. The highest mountain in Oman, terraced fields support local production of rosewater, pomegranates, walnuts, apricots, black grapes, and peaches.

In the 1950s, the mountain housed a stronghold in the inland tribal rebellion against the Sultan in Muscat. In 2003, Jerry and his friend Laurence happened upon the remains of a wrecked RAF Venom fighter-bomber piloted by Owen Watkinson.

Come and learn about the culture, history, and stories of a downed fighter on Jebel Akhdar!

 

A Mystery in the Library

Saturday, October 28
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Mystery in the Library

Must be 19 years or older to participate. 

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-mystery-in-the-library-tickets-37072981285

Cost: $20 / person (to be paid in person at the Library by cash or cheque)

His Majesty, King Henry the Eighth, has disappeared!

Now it is up to the other literary characters in the library, who leave their books at night after the library has closed, to discover what happened to him and solve the mystery before 10pm!

Join the Library and the Museum for an interactive evening of mystery. 

 

 

Between the Covers: A House in the Sky

Monday, October 30
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

A House in the Sky

Title: A House in the Sky 

Authors: Amanda Lindhout and Sarah Corbett

A House in the Sky is a 2013 memoir by Amanda Lindhout, co-written with the journalist Sara Corbett. It recounts Lindhout's experience in southern Somalia as a hostage of teenage militants from the Hizbul Islam fundamentalist group.

** A large print copy of the book is available in the book club set. 

After Dark: The Cellist of Sarajevo

Tuesday, October 31
06:30 pm to 07:30 pm

The Cellist of Sarajevo

Title: The Cellist of Sarajevo

Author: Steven Galloway

This brilliant novel with universal resonance tells the story of three people trying to survive in a city rife with the extreme fear of desperate times, and of the sorrowing cellist who plays undaunted in their midst.
 
One day a shell lands in a bread line and kills twenty-two people as the cellist watches from a window in his flat. He vows to sit in the hollow where the mortar fell and play Albinoni’s Adagio once a day for each of the twenty-two victims. The Adagio had been re-created from a fragment after the only extant score was firebombed in the Dresden Music Library, but the fact that it had been rebuilt by a different composer into something new and worthwhile gives the cellist hope.
 
Meanwhile, Kenan steels himself for his weekly walk through the dangerous streets to collect water for his family on the other side of town, and Dragan, a man Kenan doesn’t know, tries to make his way towards the source of the free meal he knows is waiting. Both men are almost paralyzed with fear, uncertain when the next shot will land on the bridges or streets they must cross, unwilling to talk to their old friends of what life was once like before divisions were unleashed on their city. Then there is “Arrow,” the pseudonymous name of a gifted female sniper, who is asked to protect the cellist from a hidden shooter who is out to kill him as he plays his memorial to the victims.
 
In this beautiful and unforgettable novel, Steven Galloway has taken an extraordinary, imaginative leap to create a story that speaks powerfully to the dignity and generosity of the human spirit under extraordinary duress.

Learning at Lunch: TBA

Friday, November 3
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Subject to be announced

Tuesday Night Movies: Casablanca

Tuesday, November 7
06:00 pm to 08:30 pm

Casablanca

 

Title: Casablanca

Rated: PG

Cost: FREE

Bring your bowl for popcorn

Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid). Laszlo is a famed rebel, and with Germans on his tail, Ilsa knows Rick can help them get out of the country.
 
 

Collaboration and Understanding in a Successful Wine Cluster,

Thursday, November 9
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

UBCO Poster

The second speaker in the series considers the role of value threats in helping to develop group identity. Lack of identity hinders the wine industry from acting collectively, with implications for the development of a region and its perception as a global player. Davies focuses on the role of value threats in affecting inter-group relations, making normally distinct and competitive subgroups quickly come together into a common ‘in-group’.

Davies - an expert on inter-group relations, specifically on stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination - explores common means by which an identity that becomes salient can impact collaboration and understanding, leading to regional socio-economic success.

Learning at Lunch: Hypnotherapy

Friday, November 17
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

Colourful Mandela

Join Bob Kittle as he discusses stepping into a new, and totally different,  vocation after retiring from a major police service.  He will discuss a number of hypnotherapy related items, such as the comparison between hypnotherapy and stage hypnosis, Theory of the Mind, who can be hypnotized, and the value of hypnotherapy.

 

A Novel Idea: Love and Death in Burgundy

Monday, November 20
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Love and Death in Burgundy

Title: Love and Death in Burgundy

Author: Susan C. Shea

After three years of living in the small town of Reigny-sur-Canne, all Katherine Goff really wants is to be accepted by her neighbors into their little community. But as an American expat living in the proud region of Burgundy, that’s no easy task.
 
When the elderly Frenchman who lives in the village chateau is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, the town is turned into a hot bed of gossip and suspicion, and Katherine suddenly finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into the small town’s secrets. A motherless teenager, a malicious French widow, a brash music producer, and a would-be Agatha Christie are among those caught up in a storm that threatens to turn Katherine’s quiet life upside down. As more and more of the villagers' secrets are brought to light, Katherine must try to figure out who, if anyone, in the town she can trust, and which one of her neighbors just might be a killer.

Creativity and Voice in a Successful Economy

Thursday, November 23
12:00 pm to 01:00 pm

UBCO Poster

The third speaker in the series deals with the role of creativity in the expression of voice. Sacchetti’s particular concern is voice that brings about wider participation in socio-economic processes. She focuses on innovative
ways to influence the economic emancipation of regions and localities, and reflects on what people in a particular context may do or want to do - in terms of their aspirations and actions - to impact the development of their region. In addressing these issues, attention is drawn to lessons and implications for the BC wine industry.
 
Sacchetti is interested in the development of inclusive economies and localities, and building inclusive relations amongst communities of interest at all societal levels.

Between the Covers: H is for Hawk

Monday, November 27
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

H is for Hawk

Title: H is for Hawk

Author: Helen Macdonald

H is for Hawk tells Macdonald's story of the year she spent training a goshawk in the wake of her father's death. Her father, Alisdair Macdonald, was a respected photojournalist who died suddenly of a heart attack in 2007. Having been a falconer for many years, she purchased a young goshawk to help her through the grieving process.

** There is a large print copy of the book available in the book club set. 

After Dark: Swimming Lessons

Tuesday, November 28
06:30 pm to 07:30 pm

Swimming Lessons

Title: Swimming Lessons

Author: Claire Fuller

In this spine-tingling tale Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but she never sends them. Instead she hides them within the thousands of books her husband has collected. After she writes her final letter, Ingrid disappears.
 
Twelve years later, her adult daughter, Flora comes home to look after her injured father. Secretly, Flora has never believed her mother is dead, and she starts asking questions, without realizing that the answers she’s looking for are hidden in the books that surround her.
 
** A large print copy is available in the book club set. 

Identity and Cohesion in a Successful Wine Cluster

Thursday, November 30
06:00 pm to 07:00 pm

UBCO Poster

The speaker series culminates in a discussion of the capabilities and strategies that are needed to achieve global recognition for the British Columbia wine cluster. Pesme considers the importance of a shared identity across the region, and collaboration across the industry. He focuses on how people in the wine industry perceive themselves and their relationships with each other, their relationships with the land and wider environment, and other distinct features of BC as a wine territory.
 
The presentation includes comparisons across wine regions in the world, and highlights the challenges that arise for today's wineries in BC. Pesme also considers new global trends in the industry, which require adaptation to new practices, understanding of new markets, restructuring, and professionalization of its actors.

 

Tuesday Night Movies: Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Tuesday, December 5
06:00 pm to 08:30 pm

Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Title: Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Rated: PG

Cost: FREE

Bring your bowl for popcorn

Crusading nobleman Robin of Loxley escapes from prison in Jerusalem and returns home to find that the evil Prince John has confiscated his family estate and is abusing the citizenry. Robin enlists his blind attendant, Blinkin, his friend Will Scarlett O'Hara and Little John  to help regain his home. Robin also hopes to woo the beautiful Maid Marian, but her chastity belt may prove a challenge 
 
 
 

A Novel Idea: Between Life and Death

Monday, January 15
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Between life and death

Title: Between Life and Death

Author: Yoram Kaniuk

In Between Life and Death, famed Israeli writer Yoram Kaniuk describes the four months during which he lay unconscious in a Tel Aviv hospital, hovering between the world of the living and that of the dead. Told in an arresting, dreamlike style that blends playfulness with fearless honesty, Kaniuk attempts to penetrate his own lost consciousness and understand what led him to fight for his life with such tenacity.
 
Shifting between memory and illusion, imagination and testimony, Kaniuk inquires into the place of death in society, the lust for life, and the force of human relationships. He also writes movingly about the Holocaust survivors of his childhood neighborhood, and the battles of the 1948 War of Independence, in which he fought. Full of renewed vitality at the age of seventy-four, Kaniuk announced his rebirth in Between Life and Death, and left us a treasure of world literature that is sure to become a classic

Between the Covers: Love and Death in Burgundy

Monday, January 29
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Love and Death in Burgundy

Title: Love and Death in Burgundy

Author: Susan C. Shea

After three years of living in the small town of Reigny-sur-Canne, all Katherine Goff really wants is to be accepted by her neighbors into their little community. But as an American expat living in the proud region of Burgundy, that’s no easy task.
 
When the elderly Frenchman who lives in the village chateau is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, the town is turned into a hot bed of gossip and suspicion, and Katherine suddenly finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into the small town’s secrets. A motherless teenager, a malicious French widow, a brash music producer, and a would-be Agatha Christie are among those caught up in a storm that threatens to turn Katherine’s quiet life upside down. As more and more of the villagers' secrets are brought to light, Katherine must try to figure out who, if anyone, in the town she can trust, and which one of her neighbors just might be a killer.

After Dark: Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan

Tuesday, January 30
06:30 pm to 07:30 pm

Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan

Title: Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan

Author: Ruth Gilligan

At the start of the twentieth century, a young girl and her family emigrate from Lithuania in search of a better life in America, only to land on the Emerald Isle instead. In 1958, a mute Jewish boy locked away in a mental institution outside of Dublin forms an unlikely friendship with a man consumed by the story of the love he lost nearly two decades earlier. And in present-day London, an Irish journalist is forced to confront her conflicting notions of identity and family when her Jewish boyfriend asks her to make a true leap of faith. These three arcs, which span generations and intertwine in revelatory ways, come together to tell the haunting story of Ireland’s all-but-forgotten Jewish community. Ruth Gilligan’s beautiful and heartbreaking Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan explores the question of just how far we will go to understand who we really are, and to feel at home in the world.

Tuesday Night Movies: Arsenic and Old Lace

Tuesday, February 6
06:00 pm to 08:30 pm

 

Arsenic and Old Lace

Title: Arsenic and Old Lace

Rated: PG

Cost: FREE

Bring your bowl for popcorn

Writer and notorious marriage detractor Mortimer Brewster falls for girl-next-door Elaine Harper, and they tie the knot on Halloween. When the newlyweds return to their respective family homes to deliver the news, Brewster finds a corpse hidden in a window seat. With his eccentric aunts, disturbed uncle, and homicidal brother, he starts to realize that his family is even crazier than he thought. 
 
 
 
 

A Novel Idea: News of the World

Monday, February 19
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

News of the World

Title: News of the World

Author: Paulette Jiles

It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.
 
In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.
 
Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.
 
Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself. Exquisitely rendered and morally complex, News of the World is a brilliant work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
 
** This book has a large print copy in the book club set. 

Between the Covers: Between Life and Death

Monday, February 26
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Between life and death

Title: Between Life and Death

Author: Yoram Kaniuk

In Between Life and Death, famed Israeli writer Yoram Kaniuk describes the four months during which he lay unconscious in a Tel Aviv hospital, hovering between the world of the living and that of the dead. Told in an arresting, dreamlike style that blends playfulness with fearless honesty, Kaniuk attempts to penetrate his own lost consciousness and understand what led him to fight for his life with such tenacity.
 
Shifting between memory and illusion, imagination and testimony, Kaniuk inquires into the place of death in society, the lust for life, and the force of human relationships. He also writes movingly about the Holocaust survivors of his childhood neighborhood, and the battles of the 1948 War of Independence, in which he fought. Full of renewed vitality at the age of seventy-four, Kaniuk announced his rebirth in Between Life and Death, and left us a treasure of world literature that is sure to become a classic

After Dark: When Breath Becomes Air

Tuesday, February 27
06:30 pm to 07:30 pm

When Breath Becomes Air

Title: When Breath Becomes Air

Author: Paul Kalanithi

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.
 
What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.
 
Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.
 
** A large print copy is available with this book club set

Tuesday Night Movies: Arrival

Tuesday, March 6
06:00 pm to 08:30 pm

Arrival

 

Title: Arrival

Rated: PG

Cost: FREE

Bring your bowl for popcorn

Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touch down in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.
 
 
 
 

A Novel Idea: All Our Wrong Todays

Monday, March 19
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

All Our Wrong Todays
 
Title: All Our Wrong Todays
Author: Elan Mastai
 
It's 2016, and in Tom Barren's world, technology has solved all of humanity's problems—there's no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocadoes. Unfortunately, Tom isn't happy. He's lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you're heartbroken and have a time machine? Something stupid.
Finding himself stranded in a terrible alternate reality—which we immediately recognize as our 2016—Tom is desperate to fix his mistake and go home. Right up until the moment he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and the woman who may just be the love of his life.
Now Tom faces an impossible choice. Go back to his perfect but loveless life. Or stay in our messy reality with a soulmate by his side. His search for the answer takes him across continents and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.
Filled with humor and heart and packed with insight, intelligence, and mind-bending invention, All Our Wrong Todays is a powerful and moving story of life, loss, and love.
 
** A large print copy of the book is available in the book club set. 

Between the Covers: News of the World

Monday, March 26
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

News of the World

Title: News of the World

Author: Paulette Jiles

It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.
 
In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.
 
Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.
 
Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself. Exquisitely rendered and morally complex, News of the World is a brilliant work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.
 
** This book has a large print copy in the book club set. 

After Dark: The High Mountains of Portugal

Tuesday, March 27
06:30 pm to 07:30 pm

The high mountains of Portugal

Title: The High Mountains of Portugal

Author: Yann Martel

The High Mountains of Portugal is a suspenseful, mesmerizing story of a great quest for meaning, told in three intersecting narratives touching the lives of three different people and their families, and taking us on an extraordinary journey through the last century. We begin in the early 1900s, when Tomás discovers an ancient journal and sets out from Lisbon in one of the very first motor cars in Portugal in search of the strange treasure the journal describes. Thirty-five years later, a pathologist devoted to the novels of Agatha Christie, whose wife has possibly been murdered, finds himself drawn into the consequences of Tomás's quest. Fifty years later, Senator Peter Tovy of Ottawa, grieving the death of his own beloved wife, rescues a chimpanzee from an Oklahoma research facility and takes it to live with him in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, where the strands of all three stories miraculously mesh together.
 
Beautiful, witty and engaging, Yann Martel's new novel offers us the same tender exploration of the impact and significance of great love and great loss, belief and unbelief, that has marked all his brilliant, unexpected novels.
 
** A large print copy of the book is available with the book club set. 

Tuesday Night Movies: To Kill a Mockingbird

Tuesday, April 3
06:00 pm to 08:30 pm

 

To Kill a Mockingbird

Title: To Kill a Mockingbird

Rated: PG

Cost: FREE

Bring your bowl for popcorn

Scout Finch, and her older brother, Jem  live in sleepy Maycomb, Ala., spending much of their time with their friend Dill and spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. When Atticus, their widowed father and a respected lawyer, defends a black man named Tom Robinson against fabricated rape charges, the trial and tangent events expose the children to evils of racism and stereotyping.
 

 

A Novel Idea: The Hesitation Cut

Monday, April 16
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

The Hesitation Cut

Title: The Hesitation Cut

Author: Giles Blunt

Nothing could be more serene than the life of Brother William, a young Benedictine monk who had turned his back on the world ten years earlier to retreat to a monastery in upstate New York. But then Lauren Wolfe, a troubled young poet, comes to use the library to research a book on Heloise and Abelard; one sight of the faint scars from a failed suicide attempt on Lauren's wrist is enough to turn the monk's life upside down. Every suppressed romantic impulse rises to the surface: his desire to rescue and soothe her trumps his vows of obedience, poverty and chastity. Soon he is simply Peter, a gentle young man who has followed his beloved to New York City because he needs to look out for her, as sincerely as he once pursued his calling.

Of course, just because you love doesn't mean your love will be returned. Just because your intentions are good doesn't mean you'll achieve what you intend. No one illuminates the extreme psychological states this tale of obsession explores better than Giles Blunt. And no reader will ever see the end coming...

After Dark: The Gardens of Consolation

Tuesday, April 24
06:30 pm to 07:30 pm

 

Gardens of Consolation

Title: The Gardens of Consolation

Author: Parisa Reza 

In the early 1920s, in the remote village of Ghamsar, Talla and Sardar, two teenagers dreaming of a better life, fall in love and marry. Sardar brings his young bride with him across the mountains to the suburbs of Tehran, where the couple settles down and builds a home. From the outskirts of the capital city, they will watch as the Qajar dynasty falls and Reza Khan rises to power as Reza Shah Pahlavi. 
Into this family of illiterate shepherds is born Bahram, a boy whose brilliance and intellectual promise are apparent from a very young age. Through his education, Bahram will become a fervent follower of reformer Mohammad Mosaddegh and will participate first-hand in his country's political and social upheavals.
 
 

Between the Covers: All Our Wrong Todays

Monday, April 30
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

All Our Wrong Todays
 
Title: All Our Wrong Todays
Author: Elan Mastai
 
It's 2016, and in Tom Barren's world, technology has solved all of humanity's problems—there's no war, no poverty, no under-ripe avocadoes. Unfortunately, Tom isn't happy. He's lost the girl of his dreams. And what do you do when you're heartbroken and have a time machine? Something stupid.
Finding himself stranded in a terrible alternate reality—which we immediately recognize as our 2016—Tom is desperate to fix his mistake and go home. Right up until the moment he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and the woman who may just be the love of his life.
Now Tom faces an impossible choice. Go back to his perfect but loveless life. Or stay in our messy reality with a soulmate by his side. His search for the answer takes him across continents and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future—our future—is supposed to be.
Filled with humor and heart and packed with insight, intelligence, and mind-bending invention, All Our Wrong Todays is a powerful and moving story of life, loss, and love.
 
** A large print copy of the book is available in the book club set. 

Tuesday Night Movies: The Untouchables

Tuesday, May 1
06:00 pm to 08:30 pm

The Untouchables

 

Title: The Untouchables

Rated: 18A

Cost: FREE

Bring your bowl for popcorn

After building an empire with bootleg alcohol, legendary crime boss Al Capone rules Chicago with an iron fist. Though Prohibition agent Eliot Ness attempts to take Capone down, even his best efforts fail due to widespread corruption within the Windy City's police force. Recruiting an elite group of lawmen who won't be swayed by bribes or fear, including Irish-American cop Jimmy Malone, Ness renews his determination to bring Capone to justice 
 

 

A Novel Idea and Between the Covers: Truly Madly Guilty

Monday, May 28
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

Truly Madly Guilty

Title: Truly Madly Guilty

Author: Liane Moriarty

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty turns her unique, razor-sharp eye towards three seemingly happy families.
 
Sam and Clementine have a wonderful, albeit, busy life: they have two little girls, Sam has just started a new dream job, and Clementine, a cellist, is busy preparing for the audition of a lifetime. If there’s anything they can count on, it’s each other.
 
Clementine and Erika are each other’s oldest friends. A single look between them can convey an entire conversation. But theirs is a complicated relationship, so when Erika mentions a last minute invitation to a barbecue with her neighbors, Tiffany and Vid, Clementine and Sam don’t hesitate. Having Tiffany and Vid’s larger than life personalities there will be a welcome respite.
 
Two months later, it won’t stop raining, and Clementine and Sam can’t stop asking themselves the question: What if we hadn’t gone?
 
In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.
 
** There is a large print copy of the book available with the book club set. 
 
*** A Novel Idea and Between the Covers Book Clubs are merged for the last two months of the year

After Dark: The Break

Tuesday, May 29
06:30 pm to 07:30 pm

The Break

 

Title: The Break

Author: Katherena Vermette

When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break ― a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house ― she calls the police to alert them to a possible crime.
In a series of shifting narratives, people who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim ― police, family, and friends ― tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night. Lou, a social worker, grapples with the departure of her live-in boyfriend. Cheryl, an artist, mourns the premature death of her sister Rain. Paulina, a single mother, struggles to trust her new partner. Phoenix, a homeless teenager, is released from a youth detention centre. Officer Scott, a Métis policeman, feels caught between two worlds as he patrols the city. Through their various perspectives a larger, more comprehensive story about lives of the residents in Winnipeg’s North End is exposed.
A powerful intergenerational family saga, The Break showcases Vermette’s abundant writing talent and positions her as an exciting new voice in Canadian literature.
 
 
 

Tuesday Night Movies: Dirty Dancing

Tuesday, June 5
06:00 pm to 08:30 pm

 

Dirty Dancing

Title: Dirty Dancing 

Rated: 14A

Cost: FREE

Bring your bowl for popcorn

Baby is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she's disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort's dance instructor, Johnny, enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby's father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she's determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer 
 
 

 

A Novel Idea and Between the Covers: The Trespasser

Monday, June 25
01:00 pm to 02:00 pm

The Trespasser

Title: The  Trespasser

Author: Tana French

In bestselling Tana French’s newest “tour de force,”* being on the Murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she’s there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she’s getting close to the breaking point. 
 
Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers’ quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner. There’s nothing unusual about her—except that Antoinette’s seen her somewhere before.
 
And that her death won’t stay in its neat by-numbers box. Other detectives are trying to push Antoinette and Steve into arresting Aislinn’s boyfriend, fast. There’s a shadowy figure at the end of Antoinette's road. Aislinn's friend is hinting that she knew Aislinn was in danger. And everything they find out about Aislinn takes her further from the glossy, passive doll she seemed to be.
 
Antoinette knows the harassment has turned her paranoid, but she can’t tell just how far gone she is. Is this case another step in the campaign to force her off the squad, or are there darker currents flowing beneath its polished surface?
 
** A large print copy of the book is available with the book club set. 
*** A Novel Idea and Between the Covers Book Clubs are merged for the last two months of the year. 

After Dark: The News Sorority

Tuesday, June 26
06:30 pm to 07:30 pm

 

The News Sorority

Title: The News Sorority 

Author: Sheila Weller

For decades, women battered the walls of the male fortress of television journalism. After fierce struggles, three women—Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, and Christiane Amanpour—broke into the newsroom’s once impenetrable “boys’ club.” These women were not simply pathbreakers, but wildly gifted journalists whose unique talents enabled them to climb to the top of the corporate ladder and transform the way Americans received their news.
Drawing on exclusive interviews with their colleagues and intimates from childhood on, The News Sorority crafts a lively and exhilarating narrative that reveals the hard struggles and inner strengths that shaped these women and powered their success. Life outside the newsroom—love, loss, child rearing—would mark them all, complicating their lives even as it deepened their convictions and instincts. Life inside the newsroom would include many nervy decisions and back room power plays previously uncaptured in any media account. Taken together, Sawyer’s, Couric’s, and Amanpour’s lives as women are here revealed not as impediments but as keys to their success.
Raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Diane Sawyer was a young woman steering her own unique political course in a time of societal upheaval. Her fierce intellect, almost insuperable work ethic, and sophisticated emotional intelligence would catapult Sawyer from being the first female on-air correspondent for 60 Minutes, to presenting anchoring the network flagship ABC World News. From her first breaks as a reporter all the way through her departure in 2014, Sawyer’s charisma and drive would carry her through countless personal and professional changes.
Katie Couric, always conveniently underestimated because of her “girl-next-door” demeanor, brazened her way through a succession of regional TV news jobs until she finally hit it big. In 1991, Couric became the cohost of Today, where, over the next fifteen years, she transformed the “female” slot from secondary to preeminent while shouldering devastating personal loss. Couric’s greatest triumph—and most bedeviling challenge—was at CBS Evening News, as the first woman to solo-anchor a nighttime network news program. Her contradictions—seriously feminist while proudly sorority-girlish—made her beyond easy typecasting, and as original as she is relatable.
A glamorous, unorthodox cosmopolite—raised in pre-revolution Iran amid royalty and educated in England—Christiane Amanpour would never have been picked out of a lineup as a future war reporter, until her character flourished on catastrophic soil: her family’s exile during the Iranian Revolution. Once she knew her calling, Amanpour shrewdly made a virtue of her outsider status, joining the fledgling CNN on the bottom rung and then becoming its “face,” catalyzing its rise to global prominence. Amanpour’s fearlessness in war zones would make her the world’s witness to some of its most acute crises and television’s chief advocate for international justice.
Revealing the tremendous combination of ambition, empathy, and skill that empowered Sawyer, Couric, and Amanpour to reach stardom, The News Sorority is a detailed story of three very particular lives and a testament to the extraordinary character of women everywhere.
 
 
 

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