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Book Club


Join us on the first Tuesday of each month to meet others who enjoy reading, share ideas, have lively conversations and make new friends. Everyone welcome. Coffee and tea provided. 

Date: first Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8 pm

Location: Oaklands Neighbourhood House, 2629 Victor Street.



If you're looking for a book recommendation, here's what the Oaklands Community Book Club has read over the last year. To access books, check out the Greater Victoria Public Library's digital collection here, place an order online with one of Victoria's wonderful local bookstores like Russell Books or Bolen Books (pick up and delivery options available), take a walk to your closest Little Library, or send an email to and we may be able to connect you with someone who has a copy to share.

Book Selections

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Your Heart is the Size of Your Fist by Martina Scholten

The Wind in My Hair by Masih Alinejad

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Butterfly: From Refugee to Olympian by Yusra Mardini

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

10:04 by Ben Lerner

Starlight by Richard Wagamese

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Negar's Favourite Read of 2019

Our book club facilitator, Negar's, favourite read of 2019 was Your Heart Is the Size of Your Fist: A Doctor Reflects on Ten Years at a Refugee Clinic by Martina Scholtens.

This easy to read and emotional true story, takes us through a busy urban medical clinic for refugees in Vancouver. The human connection and emotional encounters of doctors and patients despite their vastly different cultures are portrayed beautifully, and it was really eye-opening for me to see what the new immigrants and refugees need to overcome in their new homes.

Feel free to add me on GoodReads to see what I'm reading now and talk about books! 

Book Club

Next Meeting - April 7

April's meeting is happening online! We're hosting the meeting with Zoom, click here to join us on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 pm.

April's book selection is Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.

Washington Black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the Barbados sugar plantation where he was born.

When his master's eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, Wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. But Christopher Wilde, or "Titch," is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist.

He initiates Wash into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky; where two people, separated by an impossible divide, might begin to see each other as human; and where a boy born in chains can embrace a life of dignity and meaning. But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Titch abandons everything to save him.

What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, and, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic, where Wash, left on his own, must invent another new life, one which will propel him further across the globe.

From the sultry cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, Washington Black tells a story of friendship and betrayal, love and redemption, of a world destroyed and made whole again--and asks the question, what is true freedom? 

Please join us for a discussion at our next meeting on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:30-8 pm at Oaklands Neighbourhood House, 2629 Victor Street.


Upcoming Meeting - May 5

May's book selection is The Testaments by Margaret Atwood.

When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her--freedom, prison or death.

With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story more than fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.

In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.

"Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in." --Margaret Atwood 

Please join us for a discussion on Tuesday, May 5 from 6:30-8 pm   at Oaklands Neighbourhood House, 2629 Victor Street.