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The Page tUUrners, is a book club who loves to read, share ideas, laugh, cry, and snack!

The books are chosen from the Canada Reads series, those related to the ministry themes, and those available from our wonderful library system. Always, our understanding and insights are greater than the sum of our individual reactions. 

New Members are always welcome to join! Page tUUrners meet on the second Friday of every month from 3 pm to 5 pm. ContactGwenneth Mackinnon: [email protected] for more details.

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Our Current Line Up

April: Sweetland by Michael Crummy

“Sweetland” is about a 69-year-old man named Moses Sweetland who lives on an island, off the coast of Newfoundland. The government is offering a hefty relocation sum to the remaining members of the community, only if ALL of them agree to leave so the government can save money by ceasing to provide essential services to the island. Moses does not want to leave his home and is soon the lone hold-out. He begins to find threatening letters hidden in his house and someone sets his fishing shack ablaze. Still, he resists until he comes up with a plan. The plan and its consequences make up the remarkable second half of the book (adapted from Good Reads).

May: The Boat People by Sharon Bala

When a rusty cargo ship carrying Mahindan and five hundred fellow refugees from Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war reaches Vancouver’s shores, the young father thinks he and his six-year-old son can finally start a new life. Instead, the group is thrown into a detention processing center, with government officials and news headlines speculating that among the “boat people” are members of a separatist militant organization responsible for countless suicide attacks—and that these terrorists now pose a threat to Canada’s national security. As the refugees become subject to heavy interrogation, Mahindan begins to fear that a desperate act taken in Sri Lanka to fund their escape may now jeopardize his and his son’s chance for asylum (adapted from Good Reads).

June: Devotions by Mary Oliver

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a selection of her best work spanning more than five decades of her literary career. 
Carefully curated, these 200 plus poems feature Oliver’s work from her very first book of poetry, No Voyage and Other Poems, published in 1963 at the age of 28, through her most recent collection, Felicity, published in 2015. This timeless volume, arranged by Oliver herself, showcases the beloved poet at her edifying best. Within these pages, she provides us with an extraordinary and invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world (adapted from Good Reads).

Past Discussions:

September 2017: Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thein 
October 2017: The Witches of New York by Ami McKay

November 2017: The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King
December 2017: News of the World by Paulette Jiles
January 2018: Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
February 2018: Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik
March 2018: Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford