islington reads

Islington Reads book club is open to all ages, genders and identities and to members and non-members of Islington United Church. 

Islington Reads offers participants the opportunity to read some great books and connect with other readers in a meaningful way.

upcoming online meetings

March 8, 2022 at 2:00 pm

One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

By Marianne Cronin

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Seventeen-year-old Lenni Pettersson lives on the Terminal Ward at the Glasgow Princess Royal Hospital. Though she knows she’s dying, she still has plenty of living to do. Joining the hospital’s arts and crafts class, she meets Margot, an 83-year-old, purple-pajama-wearing, fruitcake-eating rebel, who transforms Lenni in ways she never imagined.

As their friendship blooms, a world of stories opens for these unlikely companions who, between them, have been alive for one hundred years. Lenni and Margot devise a plan to create one hundred paintings showcasing the stories of the century they have lived—stories of love and loss, of courage and kindness, of unexpected tenderness and pure joy.

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot is Marianne Cronin’s debut novel.

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Christmas Reading & Gift List

Enjoy this curated list of uplifting and engaging stories for the giving season, courtesy of the Islington Reads Book Club.

Fiction

The Reading List by Sarah Nisha Adams
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
The Son of the House by Cheluchi Onyemelyukwe-Onuobia (Giller Shortlist)
Greenwood by Michael Christie
Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy
Hana Khan Carries On by Usma Jalaluddin

Non-fiction

Eat the Buddha by Barbara Demick
One Day Smarter by Emily Winter
Off the Record by Peter Mansbridge

author visits

On January 11, 2022, Uzma Jalaluddin joined Islington Reads to discuss her most recent book, Hana Khan Carries On.

On November 2, 2021, Cedar Bowers joined Islington Reads to discuss her debut novel, Astra.

On September 14, 2021, Michael Crummey visited Islington Reads to discuss his novel, The Innocents.

June 2021: An interview with Lesley Crewe, author of The Spoon Stealer

May 2021: An interview with Abi Daré, author of The Girl with the Louding Voice

January 2021: An interview with Rachel McMillan, author of The London Restoration

Previous books

January 2021: The London Restoration by Robin McMillan

October 2020: The Wide Circumference of Love by Marita Golden

August 2020: Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde

July 2020: Let Me Be Like Water by SK Perry

Where to find books

Books are available for purchase from A Novel Spot Bookshop located in the Humbertown Shopping Centre at 270 The Kingsway. You can order books by calling the store at 416-233-2665 or visiting their website at novelspot.ca. Curbside pickups are available, as are deliveries in the M8 and M9 postal code areas for orders over $50. Books may also be available from other booksellers.

 

WHAT IS THE COST?

There is no cost to participate in the Islington Reads book club. Books can be purchased at A Novel Spot Bookshop in Humbertown Plaza.

If you don’t wish to purchase the books, or aren’t in a financial position to do so, you can still participate. The church library has purchased a limited number of copies of the books and is making them available for lending. Please contact Anne Marriott, the church librarian, (anne.marriott@gmail.com; 416-234-0796) to reserve a copy.

These books may also be available as ebooks through your local library or a partner library. Check online to find out.

more information

If you want more information or have questions, we invite you to contact one of our committee members:

Anne Marriott: anne.marriott@gmail.com