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Welcome to the Free Press Book Club!

To help ease some of the isolation-related boredom, we’ve started a monthly book club which will run completely online and is open to anyone and everyone to join.

Each month, we will choose a novel and share it on this page, as well as in an email to those who have registered to participate. We’ll send a couple of follow up notes to check in on your progress and suggest a few discussion topics and questions to think about as you go.

At the end of the month, we’ll all gather to participate in a livestream book club meeting, hosted by our books editor, Ben Sigurdson, or one of our pals from McNally Robinson Booksellers, as well as the author of the book.

You’ll be able to submit questions ahead of time, or drop them into one of the live chat boxes during the meeting. (And don’t worry, we’ll provide an easy-to-access link to the stream, so all you have to do is click.)

Right now, our focus is on local authors of varying genres and backgrounds, so we hope you’re excited to dive in.

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The Book

Moon of the Crusted Snow, by Waubgeshig Rice

Moon of the Crusted Snow
By: Waubgeshig Rice

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From ECW Press:

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow.

The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.

Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.

Schedule

Tue
Nov 30

December book club pick reminder

Moon of the Crusted Snow, by Waubgeshig Rice

Mon
Dec 20

Check-in

Expect an email from us to check in on your progress. We’ll offer up some discussion questions and other things to think about as you continue reading.

REMINDER: No December meeting!

Mon
Jan 13

Livestream information email

This email will provide all the information you need for our livestream book club event, including the access link, some information about your viewing options and how you can submit your questions for the author ahead of time. This information will also be posted to our Free Press Book Club Facebook group.

Mon
Jan 31

Free Press Book Club meeting

Join our live chat starting at 7 p.m. CST with special guest, author Waubgeshig Rice.

If you have any questions, please email us at bookclub@winnipegfreepress.com

Upcoming Picks

The Strangers, by Katherena Vermette

The Strangers
By: Katherena Vermette

February 2022

Past Picks

The Break, by Katherena Vermette

The Break
By: Katherena Vermette

May 2020

Don’t Try This at Home, by Rob Krause and Daria Salamon

Don’t Try This at Home
By: Rob Krause and Daria Salamon

June 2020

Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.: a memoir by Jenny Heijun Wills

Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related.: a memoir
By: Jenny Heijun Wills

July 2020

Here the Dark by David Bergen

Here the Dark
By: David Bergen

August 2020

All Our Relations by Tanya Talaga

All Our Relations
By: Tanya Talaga

September 2020

This Has Nothing to Do With You by Lauren Carter

This Has Nothing to Do With You
By: Lauren Carter

October 2020

Black Water: Family, Legacy and Blood Memory by David A. Robertson

Black Water: Family, Legacy and Blood Memory
By: David A. Robertson

November 2020

Five Wives, by Joan Thomas

Five Wives
By: Joan Thomas

December 2020/January 2021

Songs for the End of the World, by Saleema Nawaz

Songs for the End of the World
By: Saleema Nawaz

February 2021

We Are All Perfectly Fine, by Dr. Jillian Horton

We Are All Perfectly Fine
By: Dr. Jillian Horton

March 2021

Treed, by Ariel Gordon

Treed
By: Ariel Gordon

April 2021

Once Removed, by Andrew Unger

Once Removed
By: Andrew Unger

May 2021

Paul is Dead, by C.C. Benison

Paul is Dead
By: C.C. Benison

June 2021

The Paris Apartment, by Kelly Bowen

The Paris Apartment
By: Kelly Bowen

July/August 2021

Fight Night, by Miriam Toews

Fight Night
By: Miriam Toews

September 2021

Hour of the Crab, by Patricia Robertson

Hour of the Crab
By: Patricia Robertson

October 2021

Status Update, by George Toles, Cliff Eyland

Status Update
By: George Toles, Cliff Eyland

November 2021

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