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 August 2014 is Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Random House of Canada).
Stegner Fellow, Iowa MFA, and winner of the Atlantic’s emerging writer contest, Anthony Marra has written a brilliant debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbour a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences.
In the final days of December 2004, in a small rural village in Chechnya, 8-year-old Havaa hides in the woods when her father is abducted by Russian forces. Fearing for her life, she flees with their neighbour Akhmed to the bombed-out hospital, where Sonya, the one remaining doctor, treats a steady stream of wounded rebels and refugees. Over the course of 5 dramatic days, Akhmed and Sonya reach back into their pasts to unravel the intricate mystery of coincidence, betrayal and forgiveness that unexpectedly binds them and decides their fate.
With The English Patient’s dramatic sweep and The Tiger’s Wife’s expert sense of place, Marra gives us a searing debut about the transcendent power of love in wartime, and how it can cause us to become greater than we ever thought possible.
Anthony Marra is the winner of a Whiting Award, Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize and the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, as well as the inaugural 2014 Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award. Marra’s novel was a National Book Award long list selection as well as a shortlist selection for the Flaherty-Dunnan first novel prize. In addition, his work has been anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he now teaches as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, CA. This is his first novel.
Pick up the book at McNally Robinson, read it over the course of the month and join us on Tuesday August 26 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 204-453-0424, ex 227 if you have any questions.
Please note that there will be no book club meeting in July, 2014.
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)
April 2014: Helene Wecker's The Golem and the Jinni (HarperCollins Publishers)
May 2014: Richard Wagamese's Indian Horse (Douglas & McIntyre)
June 2014: Katherine Boo's Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House of Canada)
August 2014: Anthony Marra's A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (Random House of Canada)
September 2014: Francisco Goldman's Say Her Name (Grove/Atlantic)
October 2014: William Kuhn's Mrs Queen Take the Train (HarperCollins Canada)
November 2014: Caitlin Horrocks' This is Not Your City: Stories (Sarabande Books)