Tuesday, January 7, 2014

February's Non-Fiction Book Club

Lawrence "Larry" Hill's Massey Lecture, Blood: The Stuff of Life, is our next Non-Fiction Book Club pick!

For a sense of what Blood is all about, here is a great quote:

“The problem with equating authenticity to race is that it attempts to quantify a concept that is inherently absurd. To focus on the authenticity of the blood in our veins is to repudiate deeper realities: we construct and negotiate our identities … Blood, I hope, will eventually unite us. Blood fills our imagination just as fully as it fills our veins.”

Each sentence in this paragraph deserves a couple hours of discussion. The book was well reviewed by the big three Canadian newspapers. Here are a few takes on it:

Globe and Mail: http://bit.ly/1cW2Pcz
Toronto Star: http://bit.ly/1aE95RO
National Post: http://bit.ly/1dNKWg1

So far, the club has discussed a wide range of issues and has always been tactful, respectful, and fun. We'll chat about Blood: The Stuff of Life on Thursday, February 20th at 7:00 pm in The Bookshelf Greenroom. 

We hope to see you there!

The Bookshelf Book Club Crew

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