Sunday, 1 November 2015

The October Edition

Matchbook Book Club presents:

The October Edition


Dear Members,

We're well into the Fall season, and the excitement's just only begun.
I can't believe October is already over- soon enough we shall be entering holiday season, and that's when things get festive!
There's lots of great events coming up, so make sure to join in on the fun including...

Taste of Iceland: starts November 12-15th. From food to films, can't wait for this as many of you know I'm very fond of that country!
For more information, visit their website here.

Roald Dahl Day: Sat November 14th, 1PM free screening of Fantastic Mr. Fox at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Tickets at

See you next month!

Thank you everyone who came out to our recent meeting! We discussed our latest pick, The Fishermen!

I'm pleased to hear that everyone enjoyed reading the book- there are parts where it was very dark, but all can agree on the magnificent storytelling and vivid imagery the author weaves on the tale of four brothers in Nigeria.
Thank you to everyone who voted for our next pick! Looking forward to reading it and discussing with you all soon.
The winner:
Summary: An attack in London left Ann Walmsley unable to walk alone down the street, and shook her belief in the fundamental goodness of people. In Canada a few years later, when her friend Carol asked her to participate in a bold new venture in a men’s medium security prison, Ann had to weigh her curiosity and desire to be of service with her anxiety and fear.
But she signed on, and for eighteen months went to a remote building at Collins Bay, meeting a group of heavily tattooed book club members without the presence of guards or security cameras.
There was no wine and cheese, plush furnishings, or superficial chat about jobs or recent vacations.
But a book club on the inside proved to be a place to share ideas, learn about each other, and regain humanity.
For the men, the books were rare prized possessions, and the meetings were an oasis of safety and a respite from isolation in an otherwise hostile environment. Having been judged themselves, they were quick to make judgments about the books they read. As they discussed the obstacles the
characters faced, they revealed glimpses of their own struggles that were devastating and comic.
From The Grapes of Wrath to The Cellist of Sarajevo, Outliers to Infidel, the book discussions became a springboard for frank conversations about loss, anger, redemption, heroism and loneliness.
The Prison Book Club follows six particularly involved book club members, who kept journals at Ann's request and participated in candid one-on-one conversations. Graham the biker, Frank the gunman, Ben and Dread the Jamaicans, and the robber duo Gaston and Peter come to life as Ann reconciles her knowledge of their crimes with the individuals themselves, and follows their lives as they leave prison. And woven throughout is the determined and compassionate Carol Finlay, working tirelessly to expand her program across Canada and into the United States.
The books changed the men and the men changed Ann, allowing her to move beyond her position as a victim. She came to realize that given the choice, she'd forsake the company of her privileged friends and their comfortable book club, and make the two hour drive to Collins Bay.
For an interesting extra, watch the author being interview on Global News here.
A fun bookish list that we can all check off together in November!
(Except of course, #4 of course!)
If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
-Marcus Tullius Cicero
Some Food For Thought...Literally!

A great article from The Telegraph on the 10 Greatest Meals in Literature- read it here!
Toronto Power Walkers Group

For those of us who attended our recent meeting, Shirley had informed us about her walking group which seemed fantastic! For more information, visit their blog here!
Future Event

Our next book club gathering will be taking place next month around the usual time! ADoodle has been created, so vote for your time and dates!

New: A Friday night time slot!

Location would be at Artisano Bakery Cafe: learn more about this placehere.
Our November Selections

As per tradition, November is Mystery Month! (Cue PBS's Masterpiece Mystery Credit Opening from the late 90's: watch ithere!)

Best of all, it will be Member's Choice!
Bookshop love:
Paris bookshop Shakespeare & Co. has opened up a cafe.
Potential meeting place in the future, dear members? :)
Read all about ithere!
A very interesting read on author Lisa See and celebrating 20 years of Gold Mountain: you can read it here! (thanks Shirley for sharing!)