Planning some meaningful and timely reading for the New Year? Join the newly launched Transition Sooke Book Club for informal, friendly and sure to be lively and far-ranging discussions of thoughtful books focused on contemporary issues.
One book per night will be discussed on three scheduled Wednesday evenings this winter and spring from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Vancouver Island Regional Library – Sooke. The books have been selected by organizers Paula Johanson and Bernie Klassen from the TS Core Team.
A limited number of copies of our three initial titles are available through the Vancouver Island Regional Library + Fans Book Club program. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or to reserve a library copy of one or more of these titles.
First up on Jan. 23: Naomi Klein’s essential (and, by her standards, relatively short) No Is Not Enough: Resisting The New Shock Politics And Winning The World We Need. It’s a distillation of themes addressed in her earlier landmark books The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, only now reframed for the immense challenges of the Trump era. Available as an on-demand e-book with your VIRL library card. https://www.noisnotenough.org
Our second book (March 21) will be The Wayfinders by Wade Davis, available as both a book and as a Massey Lectures audio recording (broadcast on Ideas on CBC Radio). The Vancouver-born anthropologist focuses on the endangered yet still resilient web of cultural diversity across the globe. One reviewer called The Wayfinders “a profound celebration of the wonder of human genius and spirit.” https://houseofanansi.com/products/the-wayfinders. Listen to the audio recording for free at https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/wayfinders-why-ancient-wisdom/id344895168?i=344895181.
The third book (May 23) is On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons From The Twentieth Century, a slim but strong book by Timothy D. Snyder. “The perfect clear-eyed antidote to Trump’s deliberate philistinism,” wrote Tim Adams in The Guardian. “These 128 pages are a brief primer in every important thing we might have learned from the history of the last century, and all that we appear to have forgotten.” Available as an on-demand e-book from the Vancouver Island Regional Library. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/558051/on-tyranny-by-timothy-snyder/9780804190114/
Free admission. Thanks once more to the staff of the Sooke library for welcoming us in the magazine section book nook.