The Bookshelf Non-Fiction Book Club has been running for over a year, and we've read some great books. We read about eight books a year and discuss them in the Greenroom over food and drinks. It's a terrific opportunity to engage with people who have been absorbing the same information from a different perspective.
Our book for the October book club was chosen via an online poll. The contenders included Lawrence Weschler's Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, Douglas Rushkoff's Present Shock, Chuck Klosterman's I Wear the Black Hat, Nelson Mandela's Conversations With Myself, and Thomas King's The Inconvenient Indian. The poll was open for a week, and it was a very tight race between Nelson Mandela, Douglas Rushkoff, and Guelph local Thomas King.
The eventual winner, by a hair's breadth, was The Inconvenient Indian, by Thomas King. King offers a very personal meditation on the history of Native people in North America and on his own experience of being an Aboriginal person in both the United States and Canada. The book club will be meeting on Thursday, October 10, at 7:00 pm in the Greenroom. If you're looking for an intriguing alternative to fiction book clubs, come out and talk politics, philosophy, and memoirs with us. Reality is far more interesting than reality TV!