While reading is a solitary endeavor, for some readers there comes a time when they want to branch out and make it more of a group activity.
Enter the book club. While your average gathering is normally kept to the discussion of the book, Toronto’s Humber College offers an updated version of the book club that allows readers the opportunity to delve beyond the pages of their favorite books, and directly into the minds of the writers themselves.
Now in its second year, the By the Lake Book club in Toronto is set to host a series of 4 lectures from some of Canada’s most celebrated authors.
Modeled after the popular Bravo program, Inside the Actor’s Studio, the 2010 session of the club, which is a presentation partnership between Humber College, School of Creative and Performing Arts and the Assembly Hall, Toronto Cultural Services, will showcase authors Miriam Toews, Gil Adamson, Karen Connelly and Alistair MacLeod.
The authors will share behind-the-scenes tidbits, such as their inspiration for the story and their personal take on the creative process. Afterward, they will read from their works, with a book signing to follow.
About the authors
Manitoba native Miriam Toews is the author of Swing Low: A Life and 2004 Governor General’s Award winner for A Complicated Kindness. Her novel The Flying Troutmans won the 2008 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
Gil Adamson’s book The Outlander has won a series of awards, including the 2007 Drummer General’s Award and has been nominated for The Trillium Book Award.
Karen Connelly is the author of nine books of best-selling nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Her book, Burmese Lessons, is about her time among revolutionaries, dissidents, and refugees in Burma, while The Lizard Cage illuminates the tragic story of modern Burma.
Alistair MacLeod is the author of two internationally acclaimed collections of short stories: The Lost Salt Gift of Blood and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun. In 2008 Alistair MacLeod was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his commitment to Canadian literature and influence on other Canadian authors.
Book club schedule
Book club nights take place at The Assembly Hall, a City of Toronto cultural services facility, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. (at Lake Shore Boulevard West and Kipling Avenue). Each night, light refreshments will be served at 7:15 p.m. Readings and discussion run from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., followed by a book signing.
To order tickets, call 416-338-7255 or email [email protected]
Chapter 1: Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, Miriam Toews (The Flying Troutmans)
Chapter 2: Monday, Feb. 22, 2010,Gil Adamson (The Outlander)
Chapter 3: Monday, March 29, 2010, Karen Connelly (Burmese Lessons and The Lizard Cage)
Chapter 4: Monday, April 26, 2010, Alistair MacLeod (No Great Mischief)
The By The Lake Book club preserves the spirit of classic book clubs, where a group of readers gets together to discuss a work of their choice, but their new spin includes the writers in the process, offering an unprecedented look behind-the-scenes into the mindset of the author.
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