Join us on the first Wednesday 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 Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8 pm
Location: Oaklands Neighbourhood House, 2629 Victor Street.
Please note, our August meeting is cancelled. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2.
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 email@example.com and we may be able to connect you with someone who has a copy to share.
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!
June's meeting is happening online! We're hosting the meeting with Zoom, click here to join us on Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30 pm. The meeting password is 512396.
We've selected two classics to read for September - The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
The Scarlet Letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter reaches to our nation's historical and moral roots for the material of great tragedy. Set in an early New England colony, the novel shows the terrible impact a single, passionate act has on the lives of three members of the community: the defiant Hester Prynne; the fiery, tortured Reverend Dimmesdale; and the obsessed, vengeful Chillingworth.
With The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne became the first American novelist to forge from our Puritan heritage a universal classic, a masterful exploration of humanity's unending struggle with sin, guilt and pride.
The Bell Jar
Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity.
Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.
Oaklands Community Centre
Reception Hours: monday-friday from 9:00am- 5:00pm
#1-2827 Belmont Avenue
Victoria, BC V8R 4B2
T: 250-370-9101 F: 250-370-9102
Oaklands Neighbourhood House
Little Acorn Hours: monday-friday from 7:30am- 5:30pm
2629 Victor Street
Victoria, BC V8R 4E3
T: 250-370-9101 F: 250-370-9159
Oaklands Community Association