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Attention all book clubs — we have a collection in the St. John’s Public Libraries called Book Club to Go.
Each kit contains five to 10 paperback copies of some popular book club titles, discussion questions and biographical information about the author. The kits are located in the A.C. Hunter Library in the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre.

They can be requested online, in person or on the phone by customers in St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Torbay and C.B.S., and are available through Inter Library Loan by contacting any of our other 89 libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The kits have been very popular, and we have increased the number of kits over the years in response to heavy demand. The current kits number over 100. For a complete list, check our homepage,, and click the “program” tab.

Our newly added and on-order book club kits include:

“Light in the Ruins” by Christopher Bohjalian.

A historical mystery set in war-torn Tuscany.  Det. Serefina Bettini takes on the case and finds herself delving into her own past and those of the Rosatis in her attempt to catch a serial murderer and save what is left of the Rosati family.

“Orchardist,” by Amanda Coplin.

A reclusive orchardist in Washington State finds his orderly life turned upside down by the appearance of two young pregnant teens.

“Round House,” by Louise Erdrich.

A mystery and coming of age story set on an Ojibwa reservation in North Dakota.

“419,” by Will Ferguson.

A Calgary editor goes to Nigeria determined to confront her father’s killer. It all began with an email: “Dear Sir, I am the son of an exiled Nigerian diplomat, and I need your help. …”

“City of Women,” by Graham Gilham.

It is 1943. Berlin has become a city of women. Sigrid Schroder is the model soldier’s wife, but behind this facade is a woman who dreams of her former Jewish lover, and now must decide if she is willing to risk everything in an attempt to save his family.

“Silent Wife,” by A.S.A. Harrison.

This psychological thriller exposes the potential deadly consequences of a marriage gone wrong.

“100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared,” by Jonas Jonasson.

This novel chronicles the adventures of a Swedish centenarian, who escapes his nursing home. Allan Karlsson’s life as an explosives expert has been an interesting one, and his current situation is no less entertaining.

“Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry,” by Rachael Joyce.

Harold Fry, a recently retired salesman, decides to walk the 600 miles from his home in southern England to the hospice where his long-lost friend, Queenie Hennessey, is dying of cancer. Harold is convinced that only his pilgrimage can save his long lost friend.

“Flight Behavior,” by Barbara Kingsolver.

Multilayered and thoughtful, this novel is about Dellarobia, a disappointed young farm wife, an unnatural event and the potential personal and global consequences.

“Jewels of Paradise,” by Donna Leon.

Caterina Pellegrini, a specialist in Baroque opera, returns to her native Vienna to unravel and authenticate the papers of a Baroque composer.  Two descendants both lay claim to the estate.

“Sweet Tooth,” by Ian McEwan.

Serena Frome is recruited by MI5 in the early 1970s to offer financial incentives to young writers with an anticommunist bent. Romance, politics and literary criticism are all represented in this unusual spy novel.

“Above All Things,” by Tanis Rideout.

George Mallory is obsessed with climbing Everest, and this novel is the story of his final attempt in 1924, juxtaposed with descriptions of his wife’s domestic challenges at home in England.

“Light Between Two Oceans,” by M.L. Stedman.

Tom brings his young wife, Isabel, to a remote lighthouse. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Isabel convinces Tom to keep the baby as their own, but what will be the consequences?

“Beautiful Ruins,” by Jess Walter.

This novel spanning 50 years and nearly as many lives, starts in Italy in 1962 with a young Italian innkeeper’s vision of an American actress sailing into his harbour. Fifty years later an elderly Italian gentleman arrives in Hollywood looking for a long-forgotten actress.

“Maxine,” by Claire Wiltshire.

Maxine is the story of an unlikely friendship between a woman in her 30s and her neighbour’s nine-year-old  son, Kyle. This is a funny, witty debut novel about friendship and risk.

To suggest additional titles, please email me at

Here are some excellent websites to assist in starting a club, or to recommend titles for discussion:

    Reading Group Guides:

    Book Browse:

    Book Movement:

    Reading Group Choices:



The Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library’s online electronic subscription to Novelist, a fiction database, is also available free of charge to all library card holders in the province from our library website:

Novelist can provide you with a discussion guide and book reviews for many of the titles your group may choose to read and discuss.  Sometimes, more controversial titles result in more lively discussions, especially if some participants love the book and others are more than willing to point out the title’s short comings.

The A.C. Hunter library in the Arts and Culture Centre has a book club which meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the adult fiction area on the library’s second floor.

The Oct. 2 meeting will discuss “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson.  New members are welcome.

For more information, call 737-2133; for library locations and hours call 737-2348.

Organizations: Book Club, Inter Library Loan, Reading Group Guides Reading Group Choices Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, Tuscany, Washington State Ojibwa North Dakota Nigeria Berlin Southern England Vienna England Italy Hollywood

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