Monday, 25 March 2013

Our March Selection

“For to know a man's library is, in some measure, to know his mind.”
- Geraldine Brooks, March

Dear Members,

Despite how it feels outside right now, we can look forward to better days knowing that Spring weather is right around the corner! That means longer days, flowers blossoming, and more outdoor trips.
This month, we have something very special in store for the book club: but first, some fun and interesting events to look forward to next month around the city- I hope to see some of you there!

March 27: Authors at the Harbourfront Centre: Readings with Cathy Buchanan of The Painted Girls, Colin McAdam of A Beautiful Truth, and Taiye Selasi of Ghana Must Go.
April 2nd: Author M.L. Stedman, of "The Light Between Oceans", which was our August 2012 book club pick, will be doing a book signing at Indigo Bay and Bloor at 7pm!
April 11-14: The Toronto Art Expo will be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
April 17: The 1939 Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland, will be playing at Silvercity Fairview. Fun for those who love the classics.
April 20: Our meeting!

Special Announcement: 
It is with great pleasure to announce that we have secured yet another author visit in our next meeting! Cathy Buchanan of the best-selling novel, The Painted Girls, will be dropping by. As a result, this month's pick will be her latest book. Feel free to come with questions, and for those who may have already read The Painted Girls, you can give a try at her other novel, The Day the Falls Stood Still. Many thanks to our member JoAnne, who helped make this event possible. 

Summary for The Painted Girls: A heart-ending, gripping novel set in belle époque Paris and inspired by the real-life model for Degas’s Little Dancer Aged 14 and by the era's most famous criminal trials. Following their father’s sudden death, the Van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Without his wages, and with the small amount their laundress mother earns disappearing into the absinthe bottle, eviction seems imminent. With few options for work, Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opéra, where she will be trained to enter the famous Ballet and meet Edgar Degas. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds employment—and the love of a dangerous young man—as an extra in a stage adaptation of Émile Zola’s Naturalist masterpiece L’Assommoir. Set at a moment of profound artistic, cultural, and societal change,The Painted Girls is a tale of two remarkable sisters rendered uniquely vulnerable to the darker impulses of “civilized society.”

For more interesting tidbits, please visit her website!

Happy reading!

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