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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The book chosen for reading this winter is Chris Hadfield’s An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. A book written with humour, humility, and profound optimism about the future of space exploration, Hadfield’s book isn’t just the inspiring story of one man’s journey to the ISS. It’s an opportunity to step into his space-boots and learn to think like an astronaut – and figure out how to make your own dreams, whatever they are, come true..

Join us in reading and sharing this fascinating story. The book is readily available at the library or can be bought at bookstores or online. A gathering to discuss the book will take place in late April 2018 – a date will be set in due course.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Conclusion of last winter’s reading project

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We met in a frozen landscape and found common ground in admiring James Houston's book and the  life and survival skills of the Inuit. Smoked and candied salmon and bannock were substitutes for seal meat and blubber. Ice cream reminded us that is never warm up there. The Living Stone, an NFB documentary, showed us an Inuit artist releasing an image he sees imprisoned in a rough stone and illustrated the life in the arctic we read about. Click here to see some more pictures. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Recommended viewing at VIFF Theatre in Vancouver

Readers of Confessions of an Igloo Dweller may be interested in the following two FREE screenings at the VIFF Theatre in Vancouver. 

Angry Inuk, on Monday, March 6 at 7:00 pm
Click here for more about this film and to order tickets. 

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, on Tuesday,  March 7 at 7:00 pm
Click here for more about this film and to order tickets

Click here for program of VIFF Theatre in Vancouver. 

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.