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2015-16 Season

All GAS events listed below took place at the Casablanca Winery Inn.

Go to 'At the Library Events' to see the extra events that took place at GPL.

 

 

Event 1: Monday, September 14 @ 7:30 PM
Doors Open @ 7PM

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Paula McLain  -  Circling the Sun
Paula Mclain, author of the bestseller The Paris Wife, takes readers to Kenya in the 1920s, where the beautiful young horse trainer, adventurer and aviator Beryl Markham tells the story of her life among the glamourous and decadent circle of British ex-pats living in colonial East Africa.  


 

 



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Elizabeth Hay
  -  His Whole Life

Starting with something as simple as a boy who wants a dog, His Whole Life  takes us into the richly intimate world where everything that matters to him is at risk: family, nature, home. Set in the mid-1900s, when Quebec is on the verge of leaving Canada, this captivating novel is an unconventional coming of age story as only Elizabeth Hay could tell it.

 


 


Event 2: Monday, October 19 @ 7:30 PM
Doors Open @ 7PM


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Carrie Snyder
  -  Girl Runner
Girl Runner is the story of Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives ina nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. Her quiet life is disturbed by the unexpected arrival of two young strangers, who without revealing who they are take her on an outing where her memories of the past are stirred and she wrestles with the confusion and displacement of the present.

 

 



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Peter Kavanagh
  - The Man Who Learned to Walk Three Times 
From the wellknown CBC journalist comes a story of hardship, resilience and repeatedly learning the same lesson. This is a moving memoir of a full life, and of learning the same lesson over and over; a story of healing and rehabilitation, and of hard lessons and a driving spirit.

 

 


 


Event 3: Monday, November 16 @ 7:30 PM
Doors Open @ 7PM

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Nino Ricci  -  Sleep 
From multi-award winning author Nino Ricci comes a novel of devastating emotional power and intelligence, and often breathless suspense: the story of one man's descent into sleeplessness. David Pace is a man who has it all - a successful career, a beautiful wife, a young son and a lovely home. But when David's brain begins to misfire, his life begins spiralling down. 





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Camilla Gibb   -  This Is Happy
In this profoundly moving memoir, Camilla Gibb, the award winning author of Sweetness in the Belly and The Beauty of Humanity Movement,  reveals the intensity of the grief that beseiged her as the happiness of a longed for family shattered. Raw and unflinching, intelligent and humane, This is Happy  asks the big questions and finds answers in the tender moments of the everyday.  

 


 



Event 4: Monday, January 11 @ 7:30 PM
Doors Open @ 7PM

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Helen Humphreys   -   The Evening Chorus
Resigned to living out the war in a German POW camp, James Hunter, an English officer, begins studying a pair of birdliving near the camp. With wonderfully developed characters, exquisitely shaped by and reflected in the natural world, The Evening Chrous  is a brilliant, beautiful evocation of place and a natural history of both WWII and the human heart.  

 *Cancelled - See make up event under 'At the Library Events'

 

 


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Terry Fallis
  -  Poles Apart

Ever notice how things are never what they seem? Overnight, Eve of Equality, a feminist blog, becomes a sensation- thanks to no other than a simple and unexpected, yet powerful retweet. So who is Eve of Equality?  Well...not who you'd think. From two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour comes a hilarious, smart, and thoughtful commentary on a subject that is flooding out headlines, newsfeeds, and society.  

  

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Event 5
: Monday, February 8 
@ 7:30 PM
Doors Open @ 7PM


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Robert Hough   -  The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan
The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan is Robert Hough's rollicking and raucous new historical novel. The year is 1664 and Benny Wand, a young thief and board game hustler, is arrested in London for illegal gambling. Deported to the city of Port Royal, Jamica, and down on his luck he is forced to join a band of raiders lead by an up-and-coming season, Captain Henry Morgan.

 

 

 


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Kevin Newman  -   All Out
Can a man with a demanding job really be a good father? All Out  is a bracingly honest answer from Emmy and Gemini Award winning anchorman Kevin Newman and his grown son Alex. Confessional and provocative, their memoir is also a touching meditation on ambition, absence and family that wll resonate with every parent and child who have ever struggled to connect and understand each other. 

 

 

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Event 6: Monday, April 11 @ 7:30 PM
Doors Open @ 7PM


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Ian Brown - Sixty: A Diary of my Sixtieth Year

From the author of the award-winning The Boy in the Moon comes a wickedly honest and brutally funny account of the year in which Ian Brown truly realized that the man in the mirror was actually...sixty. Sixty is a report from the front, a dispatch from the Maginot Line that divides the middle-aged from the soon to be elderly.

 





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Katherine Govier
  -  The Three Sisters Hotel

A landmark novel of the Canadian West from one of Canada's most accomplished writers. Gateway, Alberta, 1911. The coming of the railroad to the Canadian Rockies has brought a parade of newcomers to the heavenly Bow Valley. Sweeping and intimate, Three Sisters Hotel is bursting with heart, wit and larger than life characters.

  

 

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