Book Club

Bonnie’s Book Club is a labour of love. Nothing pleases Bonnie more than to have the opportunity to bring readers and writers together in a truly unique way that offers the rare opportunity to meet some of the country’s leading authors, discuss their work and enjoy a delicious meal inspired by the book.

Drawing on her degree in English and her passion for food and cooking, Bonnie Stern invites you to a literary feast you won’t soon forget – Oprah’s book club never tasted this good!

*Small print: All registrations must be paid in full when registering. Please check your schedule carefully before registering. Cancellations can be accepted only up to 14 days before event date, a $50 charge (plus HST) applies to cover the administration fee and cost of the book. At any time you may send someone in your place for no additional charge. It is the attendee’s responsibility to mark their calendar with the date, time and location of the event.

MAY

TERRY FALLIS: ONE BROTHER SHY

In May, Bonnie welcomes back one of Canada’s most beloved writers, Terry Fallis, for his new book One Brother Shy.

A two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Award, Terry Fallis has earned a devoted readership with such critically acclaimed works as Best Laid Plans (which was adapted into a CBC TV mini-series in 2014), The High Road, Up and Down, and No Relation. All were national bestsellers and received great critical acclaim.

This spring, Terry Fallis returns with his eagerly-awaited new novel about a man tormented by an event from his youth, and the journey he finds himself on to heal and to learn who he is.

Few people know the real Alex MacAskill. Most of the world sees a painfully and chronically shy software engineer in his mid-20s, soft-spoken, a bit of a loner, and someone easy to escape notice wherever possible – and that’s just the way Alex wants it. No matter how many years have passed, the incident known only as “Gabriel” in the MacAskill family is something that still haunts him.

But when his mother, one of the only people in the world who Alex felt comfortable with, dies after a long illness, he suddenly has no choice but to face the very thing that he’s been avoiding since that night in high school. In an instant, Alex finds himself trying to piece together the mystery of his identity. And on a search for parts of his family he never knew existed – a search that takes him from Ottawa to London to Moscow, encountering along the way echoes of the Cold War, painful memories from his past, and even the 1972 Russian hockey team – Alex ultimately finds himself. With his trademark wit and captivating storytelling, Terry Fallis has written a novel unlike any of his others.

One Brother Shy is at once poignant and humorous, heartbreaking and heartwarming, and readers will not soon forget Alex MacAskill.

Terry’s last visit to the Book Club sold out quickly, so please reserve your spot to avoid disappointment.

Date: Monday May 29, 2017
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: The Beast Restaurant
96 Tecumseth Street, Toronto
Fee: 165 + HST (includes dinner, beverages, gratuity and a copy of One Brother Shy sent out as soon as possible)
Advance registration only: Bonnie Stern 416 484 4810

JUNE

STEVEN HEIGHTON: THE NIGHTINGALE WON’T LET YOU SLEEP

Bonnie is incredibly pleased to host Governor General’s Award-winner Steven Heighton at the Book Club in June as he discusses his latest novel The Nightingale won’t Let You Sleep.

Over the last twenty-five years, Steven Heighton has earned a distinguished reputation as one of the country’s most heralded writers. A novelist, a short story writer and a poet, Heighton has received international acclaim. His previous novel, Afterlands was published in six countries, was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, was a best book of the year selection in ten publications in Canada, the U.S. and the UK, and is currently in pre-production for a film adaptation.

In June, Heighton will share his latest work, a beautiful and passionate novel of buried secrets, the repercussions of war and finding love among the ruins.

Elias Trifannis is desperate to belong somewhere. To make his dying ex-cop father happy, he joins the military – but in Afghanistan, by the time he realizes his last-minute bid for connection was a terrible mistake, it’s too late and a tragedy has occurred. In the aftermath, exhausted by nightmares, Elias is sent to Cyprus to recover, where he attempts to find comfort in the arms of EylĂĽl, a beautiful Turkish journalist. But the lovers’ reprieve ends in a moment of shocking brutality that drives Elias into Varosha, once a popular Greek-Cypriot resort town, abandoned since the Turkish invasion of 1974.

Hidden in the lush, overgrown ruins is a community of exiles and refugees living resourcefully but comfortably. Thanks to the cheerfully corrupt Colonel Kaya, who turns a blind eye, they live under the radar of the Turkish authorities. As he begins to heal, Elias finds himself drawn to the enigmatic and secretive Kaiti while he learns at last to “simply belong”. But just when it seems he has found sanctuary, events he himself set in motion have already begun to endanger it.

Date: Monday June 12, 2017
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: To be announced
Fee: 165 + HST (includes dinner, beverages, gratuity and a copy of The Nightingale won’t Let You Sleep sent out as soon as possible)
Advance registration only: Bonnie Stern 416 484 4810

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