Let’s get everyone in our neighbourhood reading and discussing the same book!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy New Year to everyone!

Here is the news: One Book Whonnock is starting up again, with the following title chosen for this year:

Confessions of an Igloo Dweller: The story of the man who brought Inuit art to the outside world, by James Houston

'These memoirs of James Houston’s life in the Canadian Arctic from 1948 to 1962 present a colourful and compelling adventure story of real people living through a time of great change. It is extraordinarily rich material about a fascinating world.”

I love the book. I’m just reading it for the second time, and am enjoying it as much as I did the first time. It is well written, with a good sense of humour, and it reads like a novel. I hope that other readers will have similar feelings about it! 

The book is currently out of print, but we have a few second-hand copies available that we could lend out or even sell (at different prices, not over $15). Depending on interest and demand, we may order a few more.

You know how it works: “sign up,” i.e. contact us by e-mail or phone (604-462-8942 or <webmaster@whonnock.ca>), read the book, and come to the get-together, which is currently planned for the first half of May this year, to talk about it. Our committee members are:

Helmi Braches 
Julie Young (out of town until early March)
Gloria Stanley
Mary Blackstock

We look forward to hearing from you!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Paris 1919

Thank you Jean!!!
Jean and her team did it again. A fabulous evening this time at the Thornhill Hall. Coffee, tea, and cookies, French bread, salted butter, coffee and tea. Music of the First World War.
We met old and new neighbours, discussed Paris 1919 and shared family memories of the First World War. 
The walls were covered with notes and thoughts and the discussions were profound. 
Click here for pictures of the meeting! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Join us in April 5th at the Thornhill Hall

Tell us you are coming to the gathering to discuss Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan book on Tuesday April 5, 2016 at Thornhill Hall.
Please register by e-mailing jeandavidson[at]shaw.ca. We will then send you details for the evening.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Review of Paris 1900

Click here for a review of Paris 1900 by Sally Marks, a  US historian, who, according to Wikipedia,  "has written extensively on World War I reparation and interwar diplomacy more generally.”
Mark’s conclusion: "What matters is that MacMillan may succeed where authors of scholarly monographs have failed in convincing a wider audience that the peace settlement in general and the Versailles treaty in particular were not fully or even primarily to blame for a supposed twenty year nightmare and a second world war. If her book accomplishes this, we may all be grateful.” 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

One Book Whonnock 2015-16

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World by Margaret MacMillan was selected by the participants of the last "One Book Whonnock" gathering.  It's a big book - so start reading early - and take notes. There are two main questions to answer: 

  • How did reading this book help you understand more recent world events?
  • What is your family story in 1919? 
Do you have stories of the impact on your family of World War I and its aftermath?  We'd like you to submit these ahead of time so they can be part of the display at the gathering on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. 

One Book Whonnock 2014-15

Final tally for those reading The Best-Laid Plans by Terry Fallis - 55

One Book Whonnock's outing to see "The Best-Laid Plans: A Musical" was on September 18.  
Nine of us went and had a great time, enjoying the performance immensely. 
The bonus was that Terry Fallis was there!! We all met him and had our photo taken with him! 

Top: Gloria, Mary, Jean, Moh, Roberta and Julie meet Terry Fallis. Sorry. not the best lighting for a photo!
Left: Julie, Jean and Roberta 
Right: Mary, Julie, Barbara, Roberta, Linda, Gloria, Joshua and Jean

Friday, March 27, 2015

One Book Whonnock meeting -- a great success

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Yesterday’s One Book Whonnock meeting at Whonnock Lake Centre was a great success. The hall was covered with signs and other furnishings of elections past, including voting booths. There were lively discussions and lots of laughter. Click here to see some pictures!
The properly voted choice for the 2015-2016 book was Paris 1919 by Margaret Macmillan.
If you want to read the book and would like to join your neighbours to talk about it call Jean at 604 462 7341 or send an e-mail to <webmaster@whonnock.ca>.  
Yes, it is free!