Vet brings critter stories to book club
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The Free Press Book Club, in conjunction with McNally Robinson Booksellers, is pleased to welcome Winnipeg author and veterinarian Dr. Philipp Schott to the next virtual meeting on Monday, May 30 at 7 p.m. to read from and discuss his non-fiction debut The Accidental Veterinarian: Tales from a Pet Practice.
Published in 2019 by ECW Press, The Accidental Veterinarian covers plenty of ground. From Schott’s university days and ongoing education and training in veterinary science, to hilarious anecdotes about some of his favourite patients, to candid and heartful essays about the more challenging parts of pet ownership such as illness and death, The Accidental Veterinarian is both informative and intimate delivered in a very personable style.
In her Free Press review of The Accidental Veterinarian, Andrea Geary wrote that the book “is crammed with useful information, humorous recollections, personal reflections and a few anecdotes you shouldn’t read while eating, but which will appeal to any pet owner,” and that the book “is sure to tug at the heartstrings of any pet owner, as well as help them appreciate the role of the trained professionals who treat their animals in sickness and in health.”
The Accidental Veterinarian was shortlisted for the Eileen McTavish Sykes award for best first book at the 2020 Manitoba Book Awards. Since then Schott has had a busy publishing schedule. In 2021 Schott’s follow-up How to Examine a Wolverine was published the same year his fiction debut, the wartime novel The Willow Wren, was released. In April of this year the first book in the Dr. Bannerman vet mystery series, Fifty-Four Pigs, was published, and this fall will bring his third book of non-fiction, The Battle Cry of the Siamese Kitten: Even More Tales from the Accidental Veterinarian, all published by ECW Press.
Schott will join Free Press columnist Jen Zoratti, Chris Hall of McNally Robinson and Free Press engagement manager Erin Lebar for the virtual book club meeting on May 30, where he’ll read from The Accidental Veterinarian, discuss the book’s themes and answer questions from viewers/readers. Copies of the book are available to purchase at McNally Robinson; there is no cost to join the book club and virtual discussion.
To join the Free Press Book Club and for more information on current and future book picks, visit wfp.to/bookclub.