Last May, Jan Stromquist, illustrious President of our Association, suggested that it might be fun to have a book club for (secondary) teachers to be able to explore and become familiar with some of the great novels out there by indigenous authors. She suggested that I could facilitate it. At first, I said, “It sounds like a great idea, but I don’t have time.” The idea kept niggling at me, however, and I must admit, I have long envied the book club experience that friends and colleagues have talked about.
In fact, I have even had the urge in recent years to join the Public Library Summer Reading Club, just so that I could get stickers, stamps and pats on the back for my voracious half-guilty pleasures. (I do know that these are intended for kids.) I’ve decided to give it a try.
The Summer Book Club is going to be a laid-back experience. I propose to start with Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden, mostly because I haven’t read it yet. I’ll post a review here when I’m done. I’ll also look for your responses in the “Comment” field below.
Let me just say that I’ve had a great time teaching English 12 First Peoples this year. I have never enjoyed course prep so much! I look forward to another semester, but meanwhile, some great reading.
This is what my bookshelf looks like so far:
Wow. I’d be really impressed if I had actually read all of these, but there are still more that I would like to read.