So we’re starting the second week of our GO WILD Summer Reading Challenge. Have YOU taken the challenge yet?
(I tried to read a horror book — HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt — but it was too creepy and I had to stop.)
This summer, the Library is challenging you to expand your reading horizons! Each week we offer three ways for you to read something you might never have read before. Find all the Challenges at your favourite WPL branch (or online). Chat with staff to find a great title for any challenge, or check out the little list of recommended reads below.
For every week you try something new, enter our prize draws at any WPL branch!
Week 2 is Author Week, and all the challenges have to do with the author of the book:
- Challenge 4: A book by a Manitoba author
- Challenge 5: A book by an Indigenous author
- Challenge 6: A book by a first-time author
Staff picks for Challenge 4: A book by a Manitoba author
THE HOUSE ON SUGARBUSH ROAD by Méira Cook
Tells the story of an Afrikaner family and their domestic servant Beauty Mapule set in post-apartheid Johannesburg.
BALDUR’S SONG: A Saga by David Arnason
Musically blessed Baldur is haunted by Lara—his muse and tormentor – who leads him from small town Manitoba to the boom town days of early Winnipeg.
A LARGE HARMONIUM by Sue Sorensen
English professor Janey wonders if she’s coming unraveled, as she faces a daily life of work, friends and family, and her despotic toddler Little Max.
A COMPLICATED KINDNESS by Miriam Toews
Stuck working at a chicken slaughter-house in a town run by religious fundamentalists, 16-year-old Nomi still bears witness to the dissolution of her family with a dark, sly wit.
THE PAST IS ANOTHER COUNTRY: 12 Stories by New Canadians
Two volumes by 24 newcomers participating in writing groups held by the Winnipeg Public Library.
HAUNTED WINNIPEG: Ghost Stories from the Heart of the Continent by Matthew Komus
Early Winnipeg was full of excitement — murders, cheating lovers and tragic accidents. Discover the city’s best known ghost stories, as well as some new ones.
DANCING GABE: One Step at a Time by Daniel Perron
The journey of Gabe Langlois, one of Winnipeg’s most recognized figures.
LAURA REEVES’ GUIDE TO USEFUL PLANTS: From Acorns to Zoom Sticks by Laura Reeves
Identifying, harvesting and preparing over 65 of Manitoba’s most intriguing wild plants and mushrooms.
Staff picks for Challenge 5: A book by an Indigenous Author
SANAAQ: An Inuit Novel by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk
The daily life of Sanaaq, her daughter Qumaq, and their small northern Quebec community facing the growing intrusion of the qallunaat (the white people).
THE LONE RANGER AND TONTO FISTFIGHT IN HEAVEN by Sherman Alexie
With wrenching pain and wry humor, these 22 linked stories present contemporary life on the Spokane Indian Reservation
THE ORENDA by Joseph Boyden
The French conquest of Canada through the eyes of Huron (Wyandot) warrior Bird, his Iroquois captive Snow Falls, and Jesuit Missionary Père Christophe.
MANITOWAPOW: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair
An amazing collection including historical writings, stories, poetry, nonfiction, and speeches.
BETTY: The Helen Betty Osborne Story by David Alexander Robertson
In 1971, aspiring teacher Betty was abducted and murdered by four young men. Initially met with silence and indifference, her story resonates loudly today.
THE STRENGTH OF WOMEN, ÂHKAMÊYIMOWAK by Priscilla Settee
Personal recollections by a wide spectrum of Aboriginal women tell stories of injustice, racism, genocide and sexism, but also of awakening, fierce struggles and hope.
THEY CALLED ME NUMBER ONE: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School by Bev Sellars
Bev Sellars, Chief of the Soda Creek Nation in northern B.C., describes the impact of St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School (which operated from 1891 to 1981) on herself, her mother and her grandmother.
Staff picks for Challenge 6: A book by a first-time author
SPEAK by Louisa Hall
Explores how the gap between computer and human (shrinking with each technological advances) echoes the one that exist between ordinary people.
SORCERER TO THE CROWN by Zen Cho
Former slave Zacharias Wythe has just been appointed England’s new Sorcerer Royal – and faces a dwindling national supply of magic.
HOW TO MAKE WHITE PEOPLE LAUGH by Negin Farsad
An Iranian-American-Muslim female stand-up comedian asks how can we combat the racism, stereotyping, and exclusion that happen every day?
GUT: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders
What’s the connection between diet and mood? Our gut reactions are intimately connected with our physical and mental well-being.
THE STAR SIDE OF BIRD HILL by Naomi Jackson
Sent to Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them, sisters Phaedra and Dionne spend the summer of 1989 with their grandmother Hyacinth, a midwife and specialist in the local spiritual practice of obeah.
THE HOURGLASS FACTORY by Lucy Ribchester
Amid the suffragette movement in Victorian London, the disappearance of a famous trapeze artist in the middle of her act leads a young Fleet Street reporter and a police inspector into the world of a bizarre secret society.
THE LAST DAYS OF VIDEO by Jeremy Hawkins
When a Blockbuster Video opens up near a declining mom and pop video store owned by a drunk pop-culture junkie, the store’s misfit employees conduct a series of wild schemes to fight the big box invasion.
Have you tried something new? How did it go?