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.
There is no club meeting in the month of July. Instead, the choice for August 2015 is James McBride's The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead Books) , Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction. McBride, the bestselling author of The Color of Water and Song Yet Sung, presents the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade—and who must pass as a girl to survive.
Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town—with Brown, who believes he’s a girl.
Over the ensuing months, Henry—whom Brown nicknames Little Onion—conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859—one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.
An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride’s meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.
James McBride is an award-winning writer and musician. His memoir and tribute to his mother, The Color of Water, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years, was published worldwide and won the prestigious Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. As a composer McBride has written songs for Anita Baker, Grover Washington Jr., and Gary Burton; he received the American Music Theater Festival’s Stephen Sondheim Award for his jazz/pop musical Bobos. He lives in Pennsylvania.
Not only was The Good Lord Bird the Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction, it will soon appear as a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith. It was featured on end of the year lists from the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and Oprah Magazine.
Pick up the book at McNally Robinson, read it over the course of the month and join us on Tuesday August 25 at 7:00 pm in the Travel Alcove 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.
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)
January 2015: William Kamkwamba's The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (HarperCollins Canada)
February 2015: Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven (HarperCollins Publishers)
March 2015: Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See (Scribner)
April 2015: Leslie Jamison's The Empathy Exams: Essays (Graywolf)
May 2015: Lily King's Euphoria (HarperCollins Publishers)
June 2015: Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Vintage)
August 2015: James McBride's The Good Lord Bird (Riverhead)
September 2015: Kimberly Elkins' What is Visble: A Novel (Grand Central Publishing)