Joanne Kelly's Bookclub
Hosted by Joanne Kelly, formerly of SHAW TV and currently teacher of Journalism in the Creative Communications Program at Red River College.
Want to talk books with other book lovers – but without the commitment of a regular book club? Joanne Kelly and McNally Robinson Booksellers have created a new kind of book club open to everyone in Winnipeg.
We will announce a new book at the beginning of each month through McNally Robinson's The Bookseller newsletter. You simply read the book and show up at McNally the last Tuesday of the month to talk about the book. You can pick and choose the books you want to read – and the book clubs you want to attend.
The choice for January 2014 is Liz Moore's Heft.
Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away, in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career—if he can untangle himself from his difficult family life. The link between this unlikely pair is Kel’s mother, Charlene, a former student of Arthur’s. After nearly two decades of silence, it is Charlene’s unexpected phone call to Arthur—a plea for help—that shatters their isolation. Told with warmth and intelligence through Arthur and Kel’s own quirky and lovable voices, Heft is the story of two improbable heroes whose connection transforms both their lives. It is a memorable, heartbreaking, and ultimately redemptive novel about finding sustenance and friendship in the most surprising places.
Author Liz Moore is a writer, musician, and teacher. She wrote most of her first novel, The Words of Every Song, while in college. The book, which centers on a fictional record company in present-day New York City, draws partly on Liz’s own experiences as a musician. After the publication of her debut novel, Liz released an album, Backyards, and obtained her MFA in Fiction from Hunter College, where she studied with Peter Carey, Colum McCann, and Nathan Englander. After being awarded the University of Pennsylvania’s ArtsEdge residency, she moved to Philadelphia in the summer of 2009. She has taught Creative Writing at Hunter College and the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Writing at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, where she lives.
Her second novel, Heft, was published by W.W. Norton in January 2012 to popular and critical acclaim. Of Heft, The New Yorker wrote, “Moore’s characters are lovingly drawn . . . a truly original voice”; The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “Few novelists of recent memory have put our bleak isolation into words as clearly as Liz Moore does in her new novel”; and editor Sara Nelson wrote in O, The Oprah Magazine, “Beautiful . . . Stunningly sad and heroically hopeful.”
Pick up the book at McNally Robinson, read it over the course of the month and join us on Tuesday January 28 at 7:00 pm for refreshments and discussion! Get in touch with Joanne through e-mail here or with John at McNally Robinson here or by calling 453-0424, ex 227 if you have any questions.
The Book Club's past and future choices include:
January 2011: Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
February 2011: Colm Toibin's Brooklyn (McClelland & Stewart)
March 2011: Colum McCann's Let the Great World Spin (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
April 2011: Lauren Grodstein's A Friend of the Family (Algonquin Books)
May 2011: Chris Cleave's Little Bee (Doubleday Canada)
June 2011: Chang Rae-Lee's The Surrendered (Berkley Publishing)
July 2011: Kate Grenville's The Secret River (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
September 2011: Tom Franklin's Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
October 2011: Jessica Grant's Come Thou Tortoise (Knopf Canada)
November 2011: Dave Eggers' Zeitoun (Knopf Canada)
January 2012: David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas (Knopf Canada)
February 2012: Austin Wright's Tony and Susan (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
March 2012: David Wroblewski's The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (Doubleday Canada)
April 2012: Alan Weisman's The World Without Us (HarperCollins Publishers, Ltd)
May 2012: Bobbie Anne Mason's Feather Crowns (HarperCollins Publishers, Ltd)
June 2012: Carol Birch's Jamrach's Menagerie (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
September 2012: Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge (Random House Publishing Group)
October 2012: Christopher Wakling's What I Did (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
November 2012: Jonas Jonasson's The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window (HarperCollins Publishers Ltd)
January 2013: Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers (Random House of Canada)
February 2013: Shalom Auslander's Hope: A Tragedy (Penguin Group Canada)
March 2013: Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now (Random House of Canada)
April 2013: Cheryl Strayed's Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)
May 2013: Yannick Murphy's The Call (HarperCollins Canada)
June 2013: Octavia E. Butler's Kindred (Beacon Press)
August 2013: Benjamin Hale's The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (Grand Central Publishing)
September 2013: Andrew Kaufman's Born Weird (Random House of Canada)
October 2013: Kevin Powers' The Yellow Birds: A Novel (Little, Brown, and Company)
November 2013: Alfred Lansing's Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage (Basic Books)
January 2014: Liz Moore's Heft (WW Norton & Company)
February 2014: David R. Gillham's City of Women (Berkley Books)
March 2014: Amanda Coplin's The Orchardist (HarperCollins Publishers)