Monthly Archives: August 2011

Waiting for Essex County

I consider our summer meeting to be successful, with 4 of us in attendance. No new members, so far, even though the library has been advertising in house and in the paper. We experimented with different seating – I dragged in the big comfy chairs and the coffee table. Definitely preferable to a boardroom-style meeting. Thanks for the suggestion, Erin!

Waiting for Columbus got a lukewarm reception. Comments included that the writing was a little choppy, and some of the content was not believable. Here is a video of author Thomas Trofimuk’s appearance on Richard and Judy, a UK talk show:

http://www.youtube.com/OfficialRichardJudy#p/a/u/4/cBUwQdPH9BU

I keep forgetting to ask for your ratings of the books (0 to  5 stars), so please come to the next month’s meeting with some ratings to share for Sarah’s Key, Cutting for Stone, The Forgotten Garden, and Waiting for Columbus.

Our next meeting will take place on Monday, September 19, and we will be discussing our first graphic novel: Essex County. It made it into the top five for the 2011 Canada Reads competition. Most of us are new to the format, so I have invited the library’s resident graphic novel expert, Drew, to come  to the meeting and share his knowledge of the format and his recommendations. I was surprised at how much I enjoy reading graphic novels (I’ve read about 15 to date), so my hope is that this introduction will prompt the you to read more within this format.

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