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Goodreads Book Club

Join SPL Book Chat

Book cover of The Albatross by Terry FallisAre you looking for a book club to be a part of? Unable to start or join one during this social distancing era? Good news – the Stratford Public Library is offering SPL Book Chat, an online book club open to anyone, found on the Goodreads platform.

Each month one of our Public Service Librarians will host a book discussion on a title that is widely available in our library system. You’ll have the whole month to weigh in on the title - whenever you have the time to do so!  Moderators will be posting questions and resources weekly, and we invite your comments and contributions each week. There will also be a monthly reading challenge to check out, just for fun!

April's book club pick: Albatross by Terry Fallis

From two-time Leacock Medal winner Terry Fallis comes a funny and smart new novel about destiny--and what it means to forge your own path. Adam Coryell is your average high-school student--well, except for that obsession with fountain pens--when his life changes forever. Based on a study by a quirky Swedish professor that claims that every human being, regardless of athletic inclination, has a body that is suited to excel in at least one sport, it turns out that Adam is good--very good, in fact--at golf. Even though he'd never even picked up a golf club. Almost instantly, and with his coach, hard-nosed Bobbie Davenport by his side, Adam and his new-found talent skyrocket to a prodigy-level stardom that includes tournament titles, sponsorship deals, throngs of fans following his every move, and fodder for tabloids. But here's the catch: Adam doesn't really like golf. And as the life he once knew slips away--including the love of his life, the dream of being a writer, and everyday normalcy--he can't help but wonder if all this success and fame is worth it ... or if it's enough for him. Heartwarming and funny, sweeping and entertaining, Terry Fallis's new book takes readers on a journey of self-discovery

Who may join the online book club?

Anyone who has an account at www.goodreads.com may join the discussion. You do not have to be a Stratford Public Library cardholder to join (although it is recommended that you get one!). The discussions on our site will be aimed at adults and mature teens.

How far in advance will selected titles be posted?

Books for the current month and the following month are displayed on the SPL Book Chat page on Goodreads.

How can I get a copy of the latest title?

You may check the library catalogue at spl.bibliocommons.com for availability. Whenever possible, we will feature titles that we own in several formats: print, audio, and e-book. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee the availability of copies.

When is the site moderated?

SPL Book Chat is moderated Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During those hours, our staff will respond to postings on the site.

If I join, am I obligated to contribute comments?

Posting comments is optional. Of course, we hope everyone will comment regularly to create a lively discussion!

Any other questions?

Contact askspl@pcin.on.ca

If you’re new to GoodReads, follow our user guide to create an account and join us in our monthly SPL Book Chat.