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.

MARCH

ELAN MASTAI: ALL OUR WRONG TODAYS

Many people already know Elan Mastai from his critically-acclaimed film The F Word (released as What If in the United States). The film, which starred Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver and Rafe Spall, is a fresh, funny and wise look at the great dilemma that two friends face as they wrestle with the desire to take their relationship to the next level. The film received glowing reviews and established Mastai as an exciting new voice in the world of film. (The film was also shot in Toronto and is a glorious love letter to the city.)

Now one of the hottest screenwriters is also one of the most exciting young novelists to emerge in recent years. In March, Bonnie welcomes Elan Mastai to the Book Club as he launches his novel All Our Wrong Todays, a wild, wonderful, funny, poignant and wise tale about the lives we live and those that might have been.

You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed…because it wasn’t necessary.

Except Tom just can’t seem to find his place in this dazzling, idealistic world, and that’s before his life gets turned upside down. Utterly blindsided by an accident of fate, Tom makes a rash decision that drastically changes not only his own life but the very fabric of the universe itself. In a time-travel mishap, Tom finds himself stranded in our 2016, what we think of as the real world. For Tom, our normal reality seems like a dystopian wasteland.

But when he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career and – maybe, just maybe – his soulmate, Tom has a decision to make. Does he fix the flow of history, bringing his utopian universe back into existence, or does he try to forge a new life in our messy, unpredictable reality? Tom’s search for the answer takes him across countries, continents and timelines in a quest to figure out, finally, who he really is and what his future – our future – is supposed to be.

All Our Wrong Todays is about the versions of ourselves that we shed and grow into over time. It is a story of friendship and family, of unexpected journeys and alternate paths, and of love in its multitude of forms. Filled with humor and heart, and saturated with insight and intelligence and a mind-bending talent for invention, this novel signals the arrival of a major talent.

The novel has already become an international publishing sensation. US rights for the book sold for seven figures in a heated auction, and international sales for the book stand at 25 countries and counting. Film rights to the book rights have been purchased by Paramount Pictures, and Mastai is already hard at work on the screenplay.

Date: Monday March 27, 2017
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Tabule on Yonge
2009 Yonge Street, Toronto
Fee: 165 + HST (includes dinner, beverages, gratuity and a copy of All Our Wrong Todays sent out as soon as possible)
Advance registration only: Bonnie Stern 416 484 4810

APRIL

OMAR EL AKKAD: AMERICAN WAR

Every major book and publishing publication in the United States and Canada has listed Omar El Akkad’s American War as one of the most anticipated books of 2017. On April 3, Bonnie is very excited to present Omar and the novel at the Book Club.

Over the past several years, Omar El Akkad has earned a growing reputation as one of Canada’s most respected young journalists. Formerly of the Globe & Mail, El Akkad has covered a number of hot-button stories in recent years, including the war in Afghanistan, the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt, and the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. This spring, he turns his extraordinary talents to fiction with a debut novel that is taking the international publishing world by storm.

American War is an audacious novel. Set against the backdrop of a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle – it is a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself.

Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be. Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike.

The aftermath of one of the most divisive presidential elections in American history will no doubt American Warfluence how some readers approach the novel. Bound to provoke debate and discussion, stands as a profound and accomplished work of fiction that introduces an exciting new voice on the Canadian literary landscape.

Date: Monday April 3, 2017
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Big Crow
176 Dupont Street (In the back of Rose and Sons), Toronto
Fee: 165 + HST (includes dinner, beverages, gratuity and a copy of American War sent out as soon as possible)
Advance registration only: Bonnie Stern 416 484 4810

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