Burlington Reads

Burlington Reads is an author & book talk series that runs in the fall and spring. We feature three celebrated and thought-provoking Canadian books and invite local readers to come together to meet the authors and discuss the titles.

Book club discussions are open to all. Whether you've already read the book or just wondering why it's highly recommended, come to an open discussion about Burlington Reads selections facilitated by our librarians. A copy of the book is not required for the discussion; bring your own, if you wish. Please call any branch or register online.

March - Laurie Petrou, Sister of Mine

Dr. Laurie Petrou is an associate professor of the RTA School of Media and the Director of the Masters of Media Production program at Ryerson University in Toronto. In 2016, she was distinguished as the inaugural winner of the prestigious Half the World Global Literati Award, which recognizes excellent unpublished works of English-language fiction that feature female protagonists, for her psychological thriller, Sister of Mine—her first novel, published in 2018. Readers eagerly anticipate Laurie's second novel out later this year, "Love, Heather."

Penny and Hattie are sisters in a small town, bound tight to the point of knots. They share a secret they cannot escape, even while it pulls them apart. One night, a match is lit, and Penny’s terrible husband is killed – a marriage going up in flames, and offering the potential of a new life. The sisters retreat into their family home—a house of secrets and memories—and try to live in the shadow of what they put in motion. Penny’s husband is not the only thing they are hiding, from the outside world and from each other. Under a cloud of long-held resentments, sibling rivalry, and debts unpaid, the bonds of sisterhood begin to crack. How long will Penny and Hattie demand the unthinkable of each other? How often will they say, “You owe me,” and when will it ever be enough?" (Excerpted from Harper Collins Canada)

April - George Elliott Clarke, The Motorcyclist

Burlington Public Library is pleased to welcome back to Burlington, Canada's seventh Parliamentary Poet Laureate, widely acclaimed poet and playwright, bestselling author, and Officer of the Order of Canada, Dr. George Elliott Clarke to talk about his provocative 2016 novel, The Motorcyclist.

Carl Black is an intellectual and artist, a traveller, a reader and an unapologetic womanizer. A motorcyclist. He burns for the bohemian life, but is trapped in a railway porter’s prosaic—at times humiliating—existence.

Taking place over one dramatic year in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Motorcyclist vividly recounts Carl’s travels and romantic exploits as he tours the backroads of the east coast and the bedrooms of a series of beautiful women.

Inspired by the life of George Elliott Clarke’s father, the novel tells the story of a black working-class man caught between the expectations of his times and gleaming possibilities of the open road. (Excerpted from Harper Collins Canada)

May - Dave Williams, Defying the Limits: Lessons from the Edge of the Universe

Dr. Dave Williams is an astronaut, aquanaut, jet pilot, ER doctor, scientist, and CEO. He has received the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario, flown to space twice, and lived in and worked on the world's only undersea research habitat, and he's positive that you, too, can defy the limits—come and hear how!

An inspirational, uplifting, and life-affirming memoir about passion, resilience and living life to the fullest, from Dr. Dave Williams, one of Canada’s most accomplished astronauts.

Dr. Dave has led the sort of life that most people only dream of. He has set records for spacewalking. He has lived undersea for weeks at a time. He has saved lives as an emergency doctor, launched into the stratosphere twice, and performed surgery in zero gravity.

In Defying Limits, Dave shares the events that have defined his life, showing us that whether we’re gravity-defying astronauts or earth-bound terrestrials, we can all live an infinite, fulfilled life by relishing the value and importance of each moment. (Excerpted from Simon & Schuster)

Event: Book Discussion of The Motorcyclist by George Elliott Clarke - Apr 8

Meet the Author George Elliott Clarke - Apr 11

Event: Book Discussion of Defying the Limits by Dave Williams

Meet the Author Dave Williams - May 28

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