Monday, August 27, 2007

Still Life is anything but still

If you like the intelligent mysteries of Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson or Anne Perry, but like the gentle style of Agatha Christie, Louise Penny is the author for you.
I liked Still Life so much that I had to rush out and read its sequel, Fatal Grace. I can only hope that there is soon more to come from this talented writer.
Here's a bit about Still Life:
The murder of a much loved and highly regarded woman in a small village in the Eastern Townships of Quebec brings Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec to the small village of Three Pines. As Gamache and his team investigate and discover whodunit, they meet a variety of the locals and learn that everyone in this picturesque village has a secret.
Reserve your copy of Still Life today! Since it's an Evergreen book, signing it out may win you a prize!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

What We're Reading in Sutton...

Tuesday, September 25 7:30-8:30pm
Peter Gzowski Branch, Sutton (905) 722-5702
Join us to discuss The Way the Crow Flies, the second novel by award-winning Canadian author Ann-Marie MacDonald. It was first published by Knopf Canada in 2003, and went on to a finalist for the Giller Prize.

The plot of the novel revolves around a fictionalized version of the Steven Truscott case and is set for the most part at a real Royal Canadian Air Force station: RCAF Station Centralia.
At 720 pages long, it's not a light read, but it's well worth it. I have several copies available to borrow at the Sutton branch. Come in, e-mail me, or give me a call to reserve your copy.

Friday, August 10, 2007

My Favourite Evergreen So Far...

Cockeyed: A Memoir
Written by Ryan Knighton
This is a humorous, but thoughtful, memoir of a young man from British Columbia who is losing his sight. Part coming-of-age story, part travelogue, this book details Ryan Knighton’s adventures from his first driving experiences and relationships with girls to his college days in Vancouver and term teaching English in South Korea.
When most people would wave a red flag, retreat from society and label themselves "disabled", Knighton grabs his blindness by the horns and wrestles it into something comprehendible and manageable. One has to admire a guy who learns to drive, picks up women in a bar, and travels overseas, all while passing as sighted.
This memoir is at times heartwrenching, but overwhelmingly human and hilarious. Particularly funny is the passage where Knighton learns to walk with a white cane. Sound like a bad joke, but trust me- you'll laugh out loud. For more on Knighton's quirky style and fascinating life, check out his website:
So this is my favourite Evergreen so far. I'm reading Still Life right now, and will report back next week.
What's your favourite Evergreen?