Book Club Schedule

Zonta Book Club 2018/2019

Contact Judy Brisson if  you would like to join this group.


Book/ Activity Meeting Date Location Champion
Activity/ Movie Sept 6
Back of the Turtle -  Thomas King Oct 3  Pat Mc Home
Activity/ Movie Nov 7  The Bookshelf
The House of Unexpected Sisters – Alexander McCall Smith Dec 5 Member Home TBD
Activity/ Movie Jan 2  The Bookshelf
Born a Crime – Trevor Noah Jan 30 Birgit’sHome
Activity/ Movie Mar 13  The Bookshelf
Don’t Say We have Nothing – Madeleine Thien April 3  Member Home TBD
Activity/ Movie May 1  The Bookshelf
The Illegal – Lawrence Hill June 5 Member Home TBD

Every “Book” meeting we will decide on an activity for the next date or a movie to watch during the month for discussion at the next meeting.  On activity dates the next book set will be available ready for pick up.


 The Back of the Turtle

Gabriel returns to Smoke River, the reserve where his mother grew up and to which she returned with Gabriel’s sister. The reserve is deserted after an environmental disaster killed the population, including Gabriel’s family, and the wildlife. Gabriel, a brilliant scientist working for DowSanto, created GreenSweep, and indirectly led to the crisis. Now he has come to see the damage and kill himself in the sea. But as he prepares to let the water take him, he sees a young girl in the waves. Plunging in, he saves her, and soon is saving others. Who are these people with their long black hair and almond eyes who have fallen from the sky?

The House of Unexpected Sisters

Precious Ramostswe learns valuable lessons about first impressions and forgiveness in this latest installment of the beloved and best-selling No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi are approached by their part-time colleague, Mr. Polopetsi, with a troubling story: a woman, accused of being rude to a valued customer, hs been wrongly dismissed from her job at an office furniture store. Never one to let an act of injustice go unanswered, Mma Ramotswe begins to investigate but soon discovers unexpected information that causes her to reluctantly change her views about the case.

 Born a Crime

Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion , Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting.

Don’t Say We Have Nothing 

Master storyteller Madeleine Thein takes us inside and extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations – those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the centre of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie tries to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. With maturity and sophistication, humour and beauty, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of life inside China yet transcendent in its universality.

The Illegal 

Keita Ali is on the run. He is desperate to flee Zantoroland, a mountainous black island that produces the fastest marathoners in the world. Keita signs on with a notorious marathon agent, Anton Hamm, who provides Keita with a chance to run the Boston marathon. But when K|eita fails to place among the top finishers, rather than being sent back to his own country, he goes into hiding.