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Perspective – Your OPL Digital Book Club Picks for January

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Tue, Jan 03, 2023

At this time of new beginnings and fresh starts why not try opening up to new perspectives? OPL has some great books to support this endeavour. Often you have to get on a wait list for an OPL title but some of our digital offerings are always available and some we have multiple copies of – enough for your whole book club. This month branch out with books and stories to broaden your horizons and gain perspective.

In downloadable eAudiobook we suggest Driven: The Secret Lives of Taxi Drivers by Canadian author Marcello Di Cintio. In a series of interviews with drivers, their backgrounds ranging from the Iraqi National Guard, to the Westboro Baptist Church, to an arranged marriage that left one woman stranded in a foreign country with nothing but a suitcase, Driven seeks out missed conversations, revealing the unknown stories that surround us. Once you gain these perspectives through hearing these true stories, you can’t look at your own world in the same way again.

In eBook there’s The Listeners by Jordan Tannahill to get you out of your head an into someone else’s! Shortlisted for the 2021 Giller Prize this book is excellent for letting you explore the thought processes of conspiracy theorists and the devoutly faithful.

For book clubs in French, here are some titles that are sure to inspire great discussions!

In the book Histoires d’immigration published by Ottawa editor Les Éditions David, newcomers to Canada and members of the community working to welcome them share their experiences in forty stories. The challenges experienced are explored, as well as positive aspects, such as the friendships forged in their new country.

The Ottawa Public Library is thrilled that more Canadian downloadable audiobooks are being produced in French, such as Métamorphoses by Charles-Étienne Ferland and published by another Ottawa publisher, l’Interligne. This novel follows Dévorés, published in 2018, and is about surviving an invasion of insects. Born in Montreal, the author and entomologist studied the ecology of insects at the University of Guelph.

Suggestions and Resources for a successful online Book Club

In order to have your Book Club take place online you can try creating Facebook groups, or using various social media channels to discuss books. Or you could try meeting live via online video conferencing tools. The following tools are free:

  • Google Hangouts provides free video/chat/voice conferencing and does not have a time limit
  • Jitsi is a free open source video conferencing tool 
  • In French, there is a platform built by Les libraires that allows book clubs to meet online! You can request to create your own club, or there are groups that are already running that you can join.
  • All book clubs, including the current book club picks and comments, are visible to anyone accessing the site Le Regroupement des éditeurs franco-canadiens is offering a monthly book club called D’un océan à l’autre – here is more information (in French only), and the books available at OPL!

Finding eBooks and eAudiobooks for your Book Club 

Contact OPLs InfoService 613-580-2940 if you need help accessing these titles and resources

Hosting and Discussions

If you would like discussion questions for your book, here is a list of 40 Great Book Club Discussion Questions from Book Riot. They work for any book.

Here are some great tips about how to host an online book club from Bustle Magazine: 10 Tips For Hosting A Digital Book Club

If you’ve used our suggestions in your book club, tell us about it!