Happy Monday friends!
I am so pumped to post this morning. We had a fabulous meeting at Meghan’s last night and picked a fabulous book (one I’ve already read, so I can attest).
Before I get into that, though, we have a little book club development to share. We have recently gotten in the habit of befriending the authors of our books! Not only is this exciting, but it has added a totally new dimension to book club. We can ask the authors questions, meet them in person (more on that in Meghan’s post later this week) and truly get the inside scoop. I think it’s safe to say we’re all loving the new trend!
So far, we have a great relationship with the author of Our Daily Bread, Lauren Davis (as previously mentioned), we’ve emailed Kit Pearson about this nostalgic post, we tweet at Sandra Gulland, author of The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B., and we just met February’s author, Nancy Richler, at Octopus Books last week.
As you can see, the “Unputdownable” Book Club is reaching a level of stardom we never imagined. This president is just a tad excited.
Moving on to the business of the day – this month’s book! As we gathered in the cleanest house ever (Meghan’s parents’ house), Erin Francis chose our March book: Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat.
I was ecstatic when Erin presented this option. I read it in 2010 and flew through it – it was truly “unputdownable”. I whole-heartedly endorsed it and admitted I’d read the sequel as well as emailed the author (and this was all pre-UBC!). I just knew all the girls would love it as much as I had. I can’t wait to discuss this one!
Many members were happy it was a memoir (we are reading a lot of those lately), that it was Canadian and that it was championed by Arlene Dickinson for CBC Books’ Canada Reads 2012. It is now an international bestseller, was longlisted for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and won the prestigious Italian literary prize the Grinzane Award.
You know how Heather Reisman (founder and CEO of Chapters Indigo, in case you live in a hole) has those gold “Heather’s Pick” stickers? I need some of those, stat. In the absence of stickers, I will just declare it – this is a “Julia’s Pick” – a definite must-read.
Actually, I think this concept just spawned a whole series of blog posts… stay tuned!
What books get YOUR seal of approval?