Giller Short List

Giller Short List
French Exit by Patrick deWitt, Songs for the Cold of Heart by Eric Dupont, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan,Motherhood by Sheila Heti and An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim

Writing Guild Call for a New Member

Wanted: one new member for the Thunder Bay Writers Guild. The Guild is a well-established writing group of 12 members who meet monthly to critique each other’s work and to support and encourage each other in the writing process.

Requirements: to be actively writing and able to produce a polished piece of work (fiction or non-fiction, not poetry) to be critiqued every few months. Able to attend meetings at the college on the 2nd Monday of each month.

Interested? Please send 2 pieces of your work (fiction or non-fiction—between 1,500 - 3,000 words, no poetry) to Jack Shedden at

Deadline: Wednesday 31st October 2018

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Book Bag for Book Clubs, a Service of the Thunder Bay Library

A letter from Helen, the Book Bag Lady at the library. Great books here. I have read Longbourn and loved it, gave it to a friend and she loved it.  Munro is always wonderful. And doesn't Desiccate by Bonnie Ferrante sound good?  I have made a decision to try out some YA books and Ferrante's may be my first pick. Many thanks on behalf of the library, great Thunder Bay book clubs. 

Hello Joan
I'm not sure if I have sent out an email about these new titles or not, so forgive me if I am being repetitive. Here are some new book bag titles that you may be interested in:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I thought we should have this as part of our Book Club selection since Harper Lee's long-awaited sequel will be out in June....

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion donated by the (D.E.A.R.) Drop Everything and Read Book ClubThe humorous sequel to The Rosie Project

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr donated by the Beyond the Words Book Club
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instantNew York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Longbourn by Jo Baker donated by the Food for Thought Book Club
A look at the world of Pride and Prejudice from the servant's point of view, where other lives are simultaneously lived with very different concerns and dramas.

Desiccate by local author Bonnie Ferrante donated by the Surprise Lake Book Club
Book 1 of the "Sphere of Vision" Young Adult Fantasy series.
Leya Truelong has the potential to become a powerful Double Vision Mistress, if she can control her impulsiveness and temper and avoid being stripped of her gifts in a painful and debilitating ritual. But, Zandra, a devious bully, knows exactly how to rouse Leya’s anger. The girls’ battle of wits mirrors the greater conflict between the Mistresses and the renegades. Can Leya, a simple peasant girl, hold her own in a world of deception and betrayal?

Vintage Munro by Alice Munro donated by the Golden Heads and Silver Readers Book Club.
In this collection of short stories, Alice Munro has unfolded the wordless secrets that lie at the heart of all human experience. She has won three Governor General’s Literary Awards in Canada, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award.

A big thank you to all the book clubs that have donated books for the Book Bag collection. Your donations help to keep the selection varied and fresh for everyone. If anyone would like to reserve one of these new titles for their club, please call or email me.
Thank You
Helen Cimone
Public Services Assistant

Mary J.L. Black Library
901 Edward Street South, Thunder Bay, On P7E 6R2 

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