Book Discussion (Evening)

Convener: Karen Bain

Members of Evening Book Club selected the books we will read during the upcoming year at a potluck dinner in June. Following a contribution of titles, we review summaries of each book. Members choose eight preferences, with an occasiona, emotionally laden "run off" vote. We try to have a classic, a Canadian author and a blend of fiction and non-fiction to meet member interests, but also to expand reading choices. This year the following books were selected: Olive Kitteridge, Washington Black, A Gentleman in Moscow, An Odyssey: A father, a Son, and an Epic, Ants among Elephants, Educated, To kill a Mockingbird, and The Nightingale. We also hope to share a time with Christine Forth to discuss her recent book, The Mapmaker's Wife.

We are one of the few clubs meeting in the evening, and we welcome new members who may not be able to participate in FWC events during the day. We typically take turns hosting, guiding discussion of the books, or providing refreshments, but none are mandatory. You are welcome to simply come and enjoy the third Thursday evening of the month from 7:30 to 9:30ish. We do make an adjustment in September and hold our initial meeting a week later to allow time for new members to read the first book. This year that will be Olive Kitteridge, on September 26th.

We are also joined at one meeting each year by the U of A Writer-in-Residence. During this meeting we read and discuss work of that author. Often this is a writer who is not well known, and who can provide personal writing and living experiences that promote greater understanding of their books. Again, this adds some diversity to our reading and introduces different types of writing we may not have selected.

If you are interested in joining us, or have further questions, please contact Karen Bain at A copy of the books selected, and an organization schedule for the year will be available at the Wine and Cheese registration event or by email by request.

Recent Reading Lists


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

A complete listing back to 1971