Mike’s Booknotes


At the Library for February 20, 2018

Last Updated 2018/02/19

    Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim in Sharbani Basu’s ‘Victoria & Abdul.’ The library also has the feature film on DVD.   A young girl tries to stay calm her new school Sara Leach’s ‘Slug Days.’   Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at


At the Library for February 13th, 2018

Last Updated 2018/02/11

    Penrose Halson tells the amazing true story of how two 24-year-olds operated a surprisingly successful match-making service during the Second World War in ‘The Marriage Bureau.’   A young woman navigates her daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts in John Green’s long awaited ‘Turtles All the Way Down.’  


At the Library for February 6th, 2018

Last Updated 2018/02/05

    Three local authors are new this week, with ‘Pitt Cain: The Hunt for Revenge’ by Grant McDowell; ‘Finding Hansen’ by Steen Jorgensen; and ‘Crocodiles and Ice’ by Jon Turk.   Valerie Bodden explores places that give people goosebumps in ‘Caves’ and ‘Ghost Towns.’   Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at 11:00 am,


At the Library for January 30th, 2018

Last Updated 2018/01/29

    Kathy Calvert celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Canadian government’s only working horse ranch (it is just outside Banff) in ‘Ya Ha Tinda.’   Rachel Seigel explores the history and social customs of the Nisga’a people in her brightly illustrated and informative book ‘Nisga’a Nation.’   Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at


At the Library for January 23rd, 2018

Last Updated 2018/01/22

    ‘Prairie Fires’ is a brand new biography of the much beloved Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter Rose; pieced together from newly released archives and unpublished manuscripts by Caroline Fraser, editor of the Little House books.   Michael Morpurgo retells ‘The Wizard of Oz’ from the dog’s point of view in ‘Toto.’  


At the Library for January 16th, 2018

Last Updated 2018/01/17

  In ‘The Other Alcott,’ Elise Hooper explores the life of Louisa May Alcott’s youngest sister May, who was the basis for her novel ‘Little Women’ Honeybaked Hamster struggles against Madame Wigglesworth for the presidency of the human-free realm in Peter Hannan’s ‘Petlandia.’ Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at 11:00 am, 1:15 pm, &


At the Library for January 9th, 2018

Last Updated 2018/01/08

    In 1966, a twelve-year-old girl froze to death on the railway tracks after running away from residential school. The following inquest demanded an array of changes, none of which ever applied. In ‘Seven Fallen Feathers,’ Tanya Talaga investigates seven deaths which occurred after these recommendations were ignored.   Jeff Savage is back with


At the Library for December 27th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/12/27

    ‘Waking the Spirit’ is Andrew Schulman’s tale of how Bach’s St. Matthew Passion played through headphones brought him out of brain-damaging coma. Since then he has dedicated his life to playing music in surgical ICU departments.   Jennifer Mathieu tells the story of a teenage girl who starts a feminist revolution against her


At the Library for December 19th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/12/18

    Jim Cameron follows up his widely popular ‘Cranbrook Then and Now’ with a new second volume. As before, Cameron’s ability to link our past with the present is ingenious and his writing remains absorbing as always.   The wind still blows through the willows with Kij Johnson’s ‘The Riverbank’—a direct sequel to Kenneth


At the Library for December 12th, 2017

Last Updated 2017/12/13

    Lorinda Stewart tells her harrowing tale of negotiating with Islamist insurgents who kidnapped her daughter in 2008 in her memoir ‘One Day Closer.’   While most kids in Canada need to be dragged to school (I was certainly one), education remains a distant dream for millions of children worldwide. Laura Scandiffio presents uplifting