Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel is a brilliant mix of graphic novel and memoir. Bechdel grew up in rural Pennsylvania. Her father was both a funeral director and a high school English teacher, a distant and exacting man who was obsessed with restoring the family’s Victorian home and had a passion for literature. Mere months after Alison comes out to her parents, her father is killed – hit by a tractor trailer – leaving Alison to pick up the pieces of his legacy, family secrets, and coming to know her father better in death than she did in life.
The the darkly comic narrative in Fun Home spirals in and out from the Bechdel family tragedy, and examines themes of identity, life, death and love. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.
The Forest of Reading® is Canada’s largest recreational reading program. This initiative of the Ontario Library Association offers programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages and helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. Some of the goals of the Forest of Reading are; to develop recognition for Canadian authors and Canadian books, to contribute to the financial stability of the Canadian publishing industry, and to respond to community interest and needs.
The Haliburton County Public Library participates in the Evergreen™ Award, which is part of the Forest of Reading program. The Evergreen™ Award gives adult readers the opportunity to vote at their local libraries for a work of Canadian fiction or nonfiction that they have enjoyed the most from a list of ten titles. The list is selected by a group of experienced librarians (including our very own Erin Kernohan-Berning) from across the province, banded together as the Evergreen™ Selection and Steering Committee.
A popular title from this year’s assortment is Punishment by investigative journalist and former co-host of The Fifth Estate, Linden MacIntyre. The novel tells the story of Tony Breau who is forced to retire early from his job as a corrections officer in Kingston Penitentiary. Tony has limped back to the village where he grew up to lick his wounds, only to find that Dwayne Strickland, a young con he’d had dealings with in prison is back there too-and once again in trouble. Read Punishment and/or any title from the Evergreen list and cast your vote at your library branch in October.
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