Colouring Books Sisterhood
Colouring Book Sisterhood will be meeting on
Wednesday, March 26th at 7:30 p.m.
Pure Gold Baby
by Margaret Drabble
Please drop in and join the discussion!
Meeting in February!
Colouring Book Sisterhood's next meeting will be
Wednesday, February 19th at 7:30 p.m.
We will be discussing
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
(A Mostly True Memoir)
by Jenny Lawson
First Meeting of 2014!
The next meeting of the Colouring Book Sisterhood will be
Wednesday, January 8th at 7:30 p.m.
The book for discussion will be
Your Mouth is Lovely by Nancy Richler.
Meeting in November
The Colouring Book Sisterhood will meet Wednesday, November 27th
at 7:30 p.m. when we will be discussing The Douglas Notebooks
by Christine Eddie, translated by Sheila Fischman.
Meeting in October
Coming up this month we have another meeting of the
Colouring Books Sisterhood planned. This time the
meeting will focus on discussing The Deception of Livvy Higgs by
A completely engrossing novel, this book will keep
you engaged until the very end. So come by the store
on October 30th at 7:30pm and join in the
discussion about The Deception of Livvy Higgs.
Back for Fall
The Colouring Books Sisterhood will return
in September to discuss the first book of
Hilary Mantel's brilliant books on
Tudor England, Wolf Hall.
Mantel's Wolf Hall was praised by the
Globe and Mail as "brilliant, sumptuous
or wanton as occasion demands" and
won the prestigious Man Booker Prize.
Make sure to drop by the Northern
Woman's Bookstore on Wednesday,
September 18th at our new time of
7:30pm to discuss this magnificent novel.
Selection for June
Join the Colouring Books Sisterhood on
Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00 pm to discuss
a book of short stories by the wonderful Alice
No Love Lost is a collection of short stories which
focus on the many experiences of falling in love.
A worthy read because, as Jane Urquhart writes,
"as would be expected of a writer of Munro's brilliance,
there [are] many lessons to be learned from the
Make sure to drop by the Northern Woman's Bookstore on June 26 at 7:00 pm for
an engaging discussion about one of Canada's most treasured authors.
Meeting in May
The Colouring Books Sisterhood Book Club is planning to
to meet Wednesday, May 29th at 7:00pm
at the Northern Woman's Bookstore.
The book selected for May is
South of an Unnamed Creek, a classic
by Anne Cameron.
Stop by the store to pick of your copy of this
First Meeting of the New Year!
2013 will be off to a great start for the Colouring Books
Sisterhood Book Club with plans for the next meeting.
On January 23rd, at 7:00pm the Sisterhood will be
discussing Inside by Alex Ohlin. This wonderful book was
short-listed for both the Giller Prize and the Writer's Trust Prize
in 2012, and will likely inspire engaging discussions.
Make sure to mark your calendar and drop by the Northern
Woman's Bookstore on January 23rd to join in, as the
Colouring Books Sisterhood Book Club discusses Inside,
by Alex Ohlin.
November Meeting, Take 2
Unfortunately, November's meeting on Wed, Nov 28 had to be postponed.
So coming up on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00pm the Colouring Books
Sisterhood Book Club will meet to discuss The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richlier.
The next meeting of the Colouring Books Sisterhood Book Club will
be on Wednesday, November 28 - 7:00pm.
The book selected for this month's discussion is
The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler.
Short-listed for the Giller Prize, the Giller jury described The
Imposter Bride as "a wonderfully nuanced work of fiction by
a master of the craft."
Make sure to drop by the store Nov 28 at 7pm to join in the
discussion about this wonderful novel. Everyone is welcome.
In October the Colouring Books Sisterhood Book Club will be meeting
on Wednesday, October 31st to discuss The Reinvention of Love
by Helen Humphries.
Helen Humphries will be coming to Thunder Bay in early November to
participate in the upcoming International Festival of Authors, where she
will discuss her work.
Everyone is welcome to drop by the store at 7:00pm on October 31st
to discuss The Reinvention of Love.
This month the Colouring Books Sisterhood Book Club will meet on Wednesday,
September 26 to talk about the newest book club selection:
Dogs at the Perimeter by Madeleine Thien, which is a great read
and a wonderful opportunity to review some Canadian fiction before
meeting the author. Madeleine Thien will be visiting Thunder Bay
as part of the International Festival of Authors on November 2
alongside a couple of amazing Canadian authors.
Meeting in August
In August the Colouring Books Sisterhood Book Club will meet on Wednesday, August 22nd
to discuss Six Metres of Pavement by Farzane Doctor.
Everyone is welcome to come by the store and discuss Farzane Doctor's
moving second novel.
Meeting in June:
This month the Colouring Books Sisterhood Book Club will meet Wednesday, June 20th
at 7:00pm at the Northern Woman's Bookstore, 65 South Court Street.
The book selection for this month is Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls.
An engaging story about Lily Casey Smith - a character described as
spectacularly compelling and based on the life of the author's grandmother.
"Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic
as Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa or Beryl Markham's West with the Night.
Destined to become a classic, it will transfix readers everywhere."
For more about Half Broke Horses, click here.
Upcoming meeting in May:
The Colouring Books Sisterhood Book Club will meet Wednesday May 23rd at 8:00pm instead of
the usual 7:00pm start time.
This month's book selection is State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. State of Wonder is described as
"a tale that leads the reader into the very heart of darkness, then shows us what lies on the other side."
Coming up for April:
The next meeting for the Colouring Books Sisterhood Book Club is
April 25 at 7:00pm at the Northern Woman's Bookstore, 65 South Court Street.
This month's book selection is Ten Good Seconds of Silence by Elizabeth Ruth. We hope to see you
We started the Colouring Books Sisterhood book club in 2003. We decided to group the books we
would read into themes. The first theme was "Colours."
The books we read included:
red The Red Tent Anita Diamantblue Girl in Hyacinth Blue Susan Vreelandorange Tamarind Mem Anita Rau Badami
purple Fingersmith Sarah Waters
green Monkey Beach Eden Robinson
yellow Peel My Love like an Onion Ana Castillo
Here are a few past notes on our Colour sessions:
For those who didn't make it to the Fingersmith session--TOO BAD!!!! We had a great gab-fest, and, actually, spent the first hour talking about body image, fashion--and not only in the Victorian age, but today, and the differences and similarities there are between us and Sue and Maud. We talked about pornography and/or erotica, about subverting Harlequin romances, about female "madness", about dirt, about, gosh, our daughters. About contemporary Western women's labial cutting. Yes. believe it. Paring of the lips. Ouch!
Sharon brought in a booklet that she made that step-by-step showed the layers of undergarments "proper" Victorian women would wear. I read a bit from a book published in 1882 Eve's Daughters and we howled about "sozzlers" -- those "non-proper" women who didn't wear the proper undergarments and their body parts sozzled all over the place! And did you know that the tight lacing of corsets of the Victorian age caused women to get red-tipped noses as the blood would rush to her nose and literally start to drip out! No wonder hankies were so de rigeur! It was your underwear calling!
2. On Girl in Hyacinth Blueapocrypha. L. secret and uncanonical.
G. hidden apokryphos, from verb apokryptein 'to hide away.' The root v. kryptein 'to hide' is also the source of the English words crypt and cryptic
The quote that I read on the colour RED is from Clarissa Pinkola Estes' book Women Who Run With the Wolves:
"Red is the color of sacrifice, of rage, of murder, of being killed. Yet red is also the color of vibrant life, dynamic emotion, arousal, eros, and desire. It is a color that is considered strong medicine for psychic malaise, a color which rouses appetite. There is throughout the world a figure known as the red mother. She is not as well known as the black mother or madonna, but she is the watcher of 'things coming through.' She is especially propitiated by those who are about to give birth, for whosoever leaves this world or comes into this world has to pass through her red river. Red is a promise that a rising up or a borning is soon to come." (102)
Interestingly, it's the (red) blood of the handsome youth Hyacinth that through the (red) rage and desire of Zephyrs, the West Wind, enters the earth to be re-born as hyacinth blue, or violet-blue. I just thought, as I typed in Blue and Red in the Subject of this email, that it was a syncronicity that I put them in this order as Blue and Red together make........the next colour on the list: Purple!
Then I thought, in life, do we get to purple, the colour of wisdom, only after going through the (blue) river of (red) blood (struggle and pain)? That seeing red and being blue are necessary parts of maturity?