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Book Evening: Wednesday, June 19, 7:00 p.m.

posted 9 Jun 2014, 10:26 by Gary van der Meer   [ updated 30 May 2019, 10:17 ]
Yiddish for Pirates
We next meet to talk about Yiddish for Pirates: Hamiltonian Gary Barwin's terrific, unusual book almost won the Giller! It's hard to explain the central concept without giving away the punchline, but the narrator is a 500 year old Yiddish speaking parrot, an observer of the inquisition, colonization, and many other human excesses and follies. We learn a lot of Yiddish (it's fun) and a lot of history, told from the parrot's point of view. 
There are paper copies in the Toronto Public Library, plus 40 e-books and 1 audiobook. Also available online and in bookstores. 7

We meet at 7:00 p.m. for a pot luck dinner, followed by a discussion beginning at 7:30 p.m. Please join us.

The St. Anne's Book Group is open to everyone: members of our community, friends, and newcomers who don't know anything about church. We talk about the book! We like to start with an overview by one of our participants who has read the book. We are very fortunate to have welcomed authors to join us as we talk about their book. It's great if you have read the book; you're also welcome if you have not read the book and want to know more about it. We like to make faith connections to the themes of the book - where possible. 

We would be delighted to welcome you.

We hold our Book Group in the St. Anne's Ministry Centre, 276 Gladstone Avenue. Come for supper (potluck) at 7:00 p.m., or join us when we begin the discussion at 7:30 p.m.
Future Meeting Dates:
If Beale Street Could Talk, by James Baldwin. (July) In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit. Wednesday, July 17.

Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh. (August) The most nostalgic and reflective of Evelyn Waugh's novels, Brideshead Revisited looks back to the time before the Second World War. It tells the story of a man's infatuation with the  rapidly-disappearing world of privilege. Enchanted at first,  he comes finally to recognize his own spiritual and social distance from what he had admired. Wednesday, August 21.
Fifteen Dogs, by André Alexis. (September) (Giller Prize and Canada Reads winner.) When Hermes and Apollo make a bet about human happiness, they grant 15 dogs staying at a veterinary clinic the power of human consciousness. The dogs instantly become divided between those who prefer their old dog ways and those who want to take advantage of their newfound increased intelligence. What unfolds is a powerful story about what it means to have consciousness, and the good and the bad that comes with it. Wednesday, September 18.
The Magdalene Moment, by Joanna Manning. (October) Drawing on the energy generated by The Da Vinci Code's revelations about Mary Magdalene, Toronto Anglican Priest and social activist Joanna Manning believes that Christianity must focus on today's realities.  In The Magdalene Moment, she brings this mindset to women's roles, erotic and sexual diversity, the environment, and religious pluralism. We are are thrilled to welcome author Joanne Manning as our special guest this evening. Wednesday, October 23.
Washington Black, by Esi Edguyan. (November) From the blistering cane fields of Barbados to the icy plains of the Canadian Arctic, from the mud-drowned streets of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black, and eleven year old field slave, discovers the world as the manservant of an eccentric Englishman. This story, the winner of the 2018 Giller Prize, asks the question, What is true freedom? Wednesday, November 20.