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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

The Accidental Veterinarian: Tales from a Pet Practice, by Dr. Philipp Schott

The Accidental Veterinarian: Tales from a Pet Practice
By: Dr. Philipp Schott

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From ECW Press:

Cats, dogs, people — funny and heartbreaking stories from a pet veterinarian.

With insight and humor, Dr. Philipp Schott shares tales from the unlikely path he took into his career of veterinary science and anecdotes from his successful small-animal clinic. Dr. Schott brings to his writing the benefit of many years of expertise. Wisdom he imparts on readers includes the best way to give your cat a pill, how to prevent your very handy dog from opening a fridge, and how to handle your fish when it has half-swallowed another.

Through these and other experiences, Dr. Schott also learned that veterinary medicine is as much, if not more, about the people as it is the animals. And he will have you laughing and crying as you embark on this journey of discovery with him.

Schedule

Tue
Apr 26

May book club pick reminder

The Accidental Veterinarian, by Dr. Philipp Schott

Mon
May 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
May 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
May 30

Free Press Book Club meeting

Join our live chat starting at 7 p.m. CT with special guest, author Dr. Philipp Schott.

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

Upcoming Picks

Life in the City of Dirty Water, by Clayton Thomas-Muller

Life in the City of Dirty Water
By: Clayton Thomas-Muller

June 2022

And Then Is Heard No More, by Raye Anderson

And Then Is Heard No More
By: Raye Anderson

July/August 2022

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

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

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

November 2020

Five Wives, by Joan Thomas

Five Wives
By: Joan Thomas

December 2020/January 2021

Songs for the End of the World, by Saleema Nawaz

Songs for the End of the World
By: Saleema Nawaz

February 2021

We Are All Perfectly Fine, by Dr. Jillian Horton

We Are All Perfectly Fine
By: Dr. Jillian Horton

March 2021

Treed, by Ariel Gordon

Treed
By: Ariel Gordon

April 2021

Once Removed, by Andrew Unger

Once Removed
By: Andrew Unger

May 2021

Paul is Dead, by C.C. Benison

Paul is Dead
By: C.C. Benison

June 2021

The Paris Apartment, by Kelly Bowen

The Paris Apartment
By: Kelly Bowen

July/August 2021

Fight Night, by Miriam Toews

Fight Night
By: Miriam Toews

September 2021

Hour of the Crab, by Patricia Robertson

Hour of the Crab
By: Patricia Robertson

October 2021

Status Update, by George Toles, Cliff Eyland

Status Update
By: George Toles, Cliff Eyland

November 2021

Moon of the Crusted Snow, by Waubgeshig Rice

Moon of the Crusted Snow
By: Waubgeshig Rice

December 2021/January 2022

The Strangers, by Katherena Vermetteg Rice

The Strangers
By: Katherena Vermette

February 2022

Persephone’s Children: A Life in Fragments, by Rowan McCandless

Persephone’s Children
By: Rowan McCandless

March 2022

You Don't Have to Die in the End, by Anita Daher

You Don’t Have to Die in the End
By: Anita Daher

April 2022

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