Staff Picks


March 2017 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2017/03/15

Brenda’s Pick: Eight days a week [videorecording] : the touring years When the Beatles made their first appearances they arrived at a time of confluence; a mix of world events, a shifting music scene, television appearances, air travel and a population bubble of teenagers. This film/documentary by Ron Howard captures the early years of this influential


January 2017 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2017/01/28

Brenda’s Pick: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett I picked the right book to start the New Year…Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. This is her most recent story and it rolls along effortlessly from the first paragraph drawing the reader into the lives of her characters. The children of two families wind their way through childhood with back


November 2016 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2016/11/12

Brenda’s Pick: Disappearance in Damascus by Deborah Campbell I had heard an interview with Deborah Campbell on CBC radio and watched for her book, Disappearance in Damascus. Her story begins just after Saddam Hussein has been overthrown and she is working as an underground journalist in Damascus, Syria. She meets a “fixer” named Ahlam and


September 2016 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2016/09/22

Brenda’s Pick: Isabella : the warrior queen by Kirstin Downey For anyone with an interest in history and specifically Spanish history, this book is a fascinating biography of Isabella of Castile, who became Queen of Spain. Her life-span, from the  mid-1400’s to 1504 encompassed some of the most interesting and critical events in that part of the world.


July 2016 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2016/08/26

David’s Pick: The Girls by Emma Cline It might be unusual to decide on a staff pick when you’re only on page 17 of a book, but this one is special. With barely enough time to establish the protagonist and the milieu, Emma Cline has already hooked me totally with the assuredness of her writing


June 2016 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2016/08/10

Brenda’s Pick: The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel Author Yann Martel has a way of telling a story that leaves behind a residue. In the case of The High Mountains of Portugal, the unifying feature that joins three seemingly separate stories is just that –a region of northern Portugal. Each of the three narratives


May 2016 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2016/08/30

Joanne’s Pick: A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail by Jenna Butler This poetic and thought provoking book is about a couple that buys 160 acres of rough bush in Northern Alberta with the intent to farm it and preserve a piece of virgin land for future generations.  The land


April 2016 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2016/08/09

Brenda’s Pick: In Other Words by Jumpha Lahiri Jumpha Lahiri, a renowned fiction author, has crafted this non-fiction book. Oddly enough, she wrote it in Italian, her third language. The translated version has Italian and English on facing pages. I was fascinated by the process as she explains it and walks the reader through it.


March 2016 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2016/08/09

David’s Pick: Dubliners by James Joyce My staff pick is one of the revered texts of literary modernism, we can all agree on that; but is a book that people continue to read and find interesting? As I write this staff pick, I see that the Powell River Public Library no longer has a print


January 2016 Staff Picks

Last Updated 2016/08/09

Brenda’s Pick: Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis I was in the middle of another book when I picked up Fifteen Dogs and couldn’t stop reading it. The premise of the story is fascinating, a group of dogs given the gift of human thought. These dogs live in Toronto and their tale continues under the eye