Friday, February 15, 2019

Reading by Karen Connelly

Karen Connelly, international award winning author of the Lizard Cage and Burmese Letters will be reading from her latest book, The Change Room.

In the book, she explores sexual pleasures at midlife, adultery, bisexuality, and a whole new way of looking at public swimming pools.

Thursday February 28, 2019
InCommon Restaurant - Cumberland Street
7:30 - 9:30
Cash bar, Snack Menu Available.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Writing the Sensual Body
With Karen Connelly
(International award winning author of The Lizard Cage and
Burmese Letters)

What does it mean to write candidly and beautifully about sex? How does it feel?  How do people react? Why is it so hard to do? And what happens to our writing when we open that big door? In addition to exploring elements of writing craft, Karen will also address handling traumatic body memory with care.  A cross between a creative writing and creative wellness workshop, this session will incorporate some physical grounding and meditation techniques.

Saturday March 2
10:00 am to 12:00 pm (may go longer)

Waverley Resource Library
Check out our website for full details and registration information.

Friday, February 8, 2019

NOWW Winter Readings

Thursday February 21st
Theme: Myths and Legends (Poetry)

(Valentines Day, Groundhog Day, local myths, and legends: in your family or country, beliefs and superstitions.)
Readers: Tessa Hargreaves, Peter Fergus Moore, Siobhan Farrell
Mary J L Black Library @ 7 pm

Thursday March 21st
10 x 10 Plays

Mary J L Black Library

Peter Fergus Moore

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Margie Taylor, queen of book reviewers, discusses The Forsyte Saga.

I read the Forsyte Saga when I was a teen, or at least the books in the series which were in the Thunder Bay library. As our reviewer Margie Taylor states, the first book is the best, followed by the next two. The final books wander here and there without telling us much about the original characters. But I loved the first three books and read them again a few years ago. I am not sure why they are mostly forgotten now.

The Forsyte Saga: The Man of Property
If you’re old enough to remember it airing on PBS in 1969, the Masterpiece Theatre series is probably what comes to your mind when you think of The Forsyte Saga. That is, if you think of it at all, which is unlikely. John Galsworthy’s multi-generational chronicle of an upper middle-class family, similar to his own, is a bit of a chestnut these days. While many, like me, still read the Brontës, and Thomas Hardy continues to resonate, Galsworthy, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932, has been relegated to the dusty back shelves of used book stores and thrift shops.
Well, time moves on. The England he was writing about, the England of the late Victorian period, leading up to the First World War, was deeply stratified . . . class conscious and diverse only in dialect. Divorce was fodder for scandal, and to have predecessors who made their money from “trade” mattered enough to be a source of embarrassment, even shame.

Well, time moves on. The England he was writing about, the England of the late Victorian period, leading up to the First World War, was deeply stratified . . . class conscious and diverse only in dialect. Divorce was fodder for scandal, and to have predecessors who made their money from “trade” mattered enough to be a source of embarrassment, even shame.
Even when the BBC first dramatized it 50 years ago the main appeal of the series, besides the fact that it was very well done, was nostalgia. Like modern-day Brexiters who long for a return to “this other Eden, demi-paradise”, viewers embraced the “leisurely evocations of a vanished world”, as one reviewer has put it.* England shut down on Sunday nights: worshippers stayed home from church so as not to miss an episode; pubs closed early; streets were deserted. In all, when the program was broadcast worldwide, 100,000,000 viewers in 26 countries watched The Forsyte Saga, most of whom never read the books.

But Galsworthy was not a complacent, jingoistic Englander. On the contrary, he was a skilled and perceptive satirist who wrote about these smug, “purse-proud” characters as only a true insider can. And he was a feminist. The Man of Property, the first novel in the saga and arguably the best, has been compared to A Doll’s House and there are certainly similarities between Irene Forsyte, Galsworthy’s beautiful, unhappy heroine, and Ibsen’s Nora Helmer. Nora, however, gets away in the end – Irene does not.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Don't Worry, Retire Happy: Seven Steps to Retirement Security For Canadians

Congratulations to Thunder Bay's Michael Morrow,  and partners Tom Henga and Jim Ruta. Their book Don't Worry, Retire Happy: Seven Steps to Retirement Security for Canadians is listed by the Globe and Mail as a top retirement resource. 

"Mr. Hegna is a U.S. retirement income specialist, while Mr. Ruta coaches advisers, and Mr. Morrow is a veteran adviser in Thunder Bay, Ont. The three of them have produced a highly readable book that does a good job of demystifying the process of turning your savings into retirement income. This is an ideal book to read about five to seven years ahead of your planned retirement date."Globe and Mail, Feb. 5, 2019.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Want to visit Lake Superior Lighthouses?

Hi Joan,
Please find below some information from Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior. They will be holding an information session at the Mary J.L. Black Library on Tuesday February 5th at 7pm. There is also some information for other events attached.

Dear Book Clubs

For the past summer we have had numerous requests and groups attend the Porphyry Island Lighthouse after reading the "The Light Keeper's Daughters" by Jean Pendziwol

Summer opportunities are just around the corner and Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior (CLLS) wanted to share some of them with you and maybe you might share with your group.

Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior over the last five years has made regional lighthouses accessible to the public. We’d like to share two opportunities that your book group or writers group might be interested in.

Lighthouse Tour- share the experience in a day trip to Porphyry Island and unwind into a writers paradise 

Weekend Retreat- bring out a group 6-12 to focus on a writing or appreciating the written word retreat for example

If you are interested please find attached further details on each elective, and come on Tuesday February 5th to the Mary J.L. Black Library as we are having an information session or send me your questions.



Paul Morralee
Managing Director
Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Inc.
202- 212 Miles Street East,
Thunder Bay, ON 
P7C 1J6

Books Donated to Library Book Bag in Memory of Heidi Uhlig

Joan Baril and Marlene Lindsay with the books

Ten copies of Giller Price winning novel, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, are ready to be donated to the Thunder Bay Library's book bag by the No Stress Book Club. Everyone in the club enjoyed this fine novel. This donation to the book bags is made in memory of the late Heidi Uhlig. Heidi was an avid reader and a long term member of the club. We all miss her very much.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Prehistoric Lakeheaders

An amazing book about the first peoples. Launch will be March 30. Stay tuned for more information on the launch. For now, it is available on Amazon.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Awake Your Inner Hero - A Self Help Book for Young People.

Awake Your Inner Hero –by Tammy Vallieres, Jen Fitzpatrick and Susan Howson.
Jade Peter, age 10, raises money for the Humane Society, Kehkashan Basu, age 17, speaks out about climate change, Emma Howse, age 11,  is a competitive swimmer,  Zachary Hofer, age 13, educates others about mental health. This book profiles forty-three young people who have used their talents to make a difference.

The stories, told in the young person’s own words, are inspiring. Many have overcome major difficulties in their lives. Each one describes their goals and their “superpower,” the skills that they use for their projects. They talk about their mentors and supporters. They use their experience to give advice to youth and adults.

Selling "Awake Your Inner Hero" at Chapters

Lisa Denbok, age 18,  a young photographer who takes pictures of homeless people, writes: “Through my work I have been trying to accomplish two goals: humanizing people experiencing homelessness and shining a spot light on the plight of homelessness.” Her book, “Nowhere to Call Home,” raised money for homeless shelters.

Rosemary Tarzia, age 13, from Thunder Bay was bullied at school. In Grade Four, with the help of a teacher, she made a video on bullying. Since then she has organized events for important causes such as combatting bullying. She says, “I have learned to be fearless and speak the truth.” Her heroes are her parents and grandparents and also Ellen deGeneris. Her advice to adults is succinct. “Support is the number one thing children need.”

Many of the participants are quite young. Kaelin Woods is only nine years old. She describes her anxiety attacks and how she has learned to handle them. She says: “My superpower is determination.”

I was impressed by these young people. The book is well designed by JB Owen. My one criticism relates to the shadow images on many pages. A very muscular man, who represents the stereotypical superhero, alternates with a Barbie doll figure, impossibly thin-waisted and wearing high heels who represents – what? Anorexia? The supposedly perfect female body?  It was explained to me that these shadow people relate to media heroes which are impossible to attain in real life. But this is not explained in the book and the cover depicts the two shadow people with a young child holding their hands as if they are her helpers.