Book Discussion (Evening)

Convener:  Karen Bain

Evening Book Club has been a consistently popular interest group and is one of the only opportunities for working women.  Several members have participated regularly for many years due to stimulating conversations and an engaging social climate.  Books are selected at a year-end potluck dinner in June, with a focus on making a variety of choices from both fiction and non-fiction reviews suggested by members.

During one meeting, the University of Alberta Writer-in-Residence is invited to discuss his or her own work.  The other meetings are facilitated by volunteer members who lead the discussion, sometimes providing author profiles, maps, and personal experiences that prompt and add richness to the conversations.  Dates of meetings, books assigned and locations are available from the Convener.

Meetings: Third Thursday of the month, September to June, 7:30pm to 9:30pm in members' homes


A Brief Guide to Charles Darwin: His Life and Times
A Passage to India
My Brilliant Friend
The Invention of Wings
The Naze Officer's Wife
Good Morning, Mr Mandela
The Bird's Eye View

Recent Reading Lists


Ru, by Tinh Nguyen (our first book of the year, to be reviewed on September 24)
The Children’ s Act, by Ian McEwan
The Kabul Beauty School, by Deborah Rodriguez
The Glass Room, by Simon Mawer
A Town like Alice, by Nevil Shute
All the Light we Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
All my Puny Sorrows, by Miriam Toews
How the Light Gets in, by Louise Penny (or any other Louise Penny novel)


Jonas Jonasson, The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Diane Ackerman, The Zookeeper’s Wife
Jennifer Worth, Call the Midwife
M. L. Stedman, Light Between Oceans
Alice Munro, Dear Life and/or another book of short stories Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala
Eleanor Catton, The Luminaries
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath


Emma Donoghue, Room
Carmen Aguirre, Something Fierce: The Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
Esi Edugya, Half-Blood Blues
Janis Cooke Newma, Mary
Joanna Trollope, Second Honeymoon
Aloa Al Awany, The Yacoubian Building
Norman Doidge, M.D., The Brain that Changes Itself Robert Crease, The Prism and the Pendulum


Terry Fallis, The Best Laid Plans
Somerset Maugham, Somerset Maugham (Short Stories) Jack Weatherford, The Secret History of the Mongol Queens Abraham Verghese, Cutting For Stone
Shilpi Gowda, Secret Daughter
Joseph Boyden, Through the Black Spruce / Three Day Road Irshad Manji, The Trouble with Islam
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

 A complete listing back to 1971