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Book Club

Welcome to the Free Press Book Club!

To help ease some of the isolation-related boredom, we’ve started a monthly book club which will run completely online and is open to anyone and everyone to join.

Each month, we will choose a novel and share it on this page, as well as in an email to those who have registered to participate. We’ll send a couple of follow up notes to check in on your progress and suggest a few discussion topics and questions to think about as you go.

At the end of the month, we’ll all gather to participate in a livestream book club meeting, hosted by our books editor, Ben Sigurdson, or one of our pals from McNally Robinson Booksellers, as well as the author of the book.

You’ll be able to submit questions ahead of time, or drop them into one of the live chat boxes during the meeting. (And don’t worry, we’ll provide an easy-to-access link to the stream, so all you have to do is click.)

Right now, our focus is on local authors of varying genres and backgrounds, so we hope you’re excited to dive in.

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The Book

Black Water: Family, Legacy and Blood Memory by David A. Robertson

Black Water: Family, Legacy and Blood Memory
By: David A. Robertson

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From Harper Collins Canada:

The son of a Cree father and a non-Indigenous mother, David A. Robertson was raised with virtually no knowledge or understanding of his family’s Indigenous roots. His father, Don, spent his early childhood on a trapline in the bush northeast of Norway House, Manitoba, where his first teach was the land. When his family was moved permanently to a nearby reserve, Don was not permitted to speak Cree at school unless in secret with his friends and lost the knowledge he had been gifted while living on his trapline. His mother, Beverly, grew up in a small Manitoba town with not a single Indigenous family in it. Then Don arrived, the new United Church minister, and they fell in love.

Structured around a father-son journey to the northern trapline where Robertson and his father will reclaim their connection to the land, Black Water is the story of another journey: a young man seeking to understand his father's story, to come to terms with his lifelong experience with anxiety, and to finally piece together his own blood memory, the parts of his identity that are woven into the fabric of his DNA.

Schedule

Tue
Oct 27

Free Press Book Club pick annoucement

Black Water: Family, Legacy and Blood Memory, by David A. Robertson

Mon
Nov 16

Check-in

Expect an email from us to check in on your progress. We’ll offer up some discussion questions and other things to think about as you continue reading.

Mon
Nov 23

Livestream information email

This email will provide all the information you need for our livestream book club event, including the access link, some information about your viewing options and how you can submit your questions for the author ahead of time. This information will also be posted to our Free Press Book Club Facebook group.

Mon
Nov 30

Free Press Book Club meeting

Join our live chat starting at 7 p.m. CDT with special guest, author David A. Robertson. We’ll also announce the December book club pick at the end of the meeting.

If you have any questions, please email us at bookclub@winnipegfreepress.com

Past Picks

The Break, by Katherena Vermette

The Break
By: Katherena Vermette

May 2020

 

Don’t Try This at Home, by Rob Krause and Daria Salamon

Don’t Try This at Home
By: Rob Krause and Daria Salamon

June 2020

 

Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.: a memoir by Jenny Heijun Wills

Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.: a memoir
By: Jenny Heijun Wills

July 2020

 

Here the Dark by David Bergen

Here the Dark
By: David Bergen

August 2020

 

All Our Relations by Tanya Talaga

All Our Relations
By: Tanya Talaga

September 2020

 

This Has Nothing to Do With You by Lauren Carter

This Has Nothing to Do With You
By: Lauren Carter

October 2020

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