Library Moments: New Book Club Sets


book club sets

Just a small selection of our book club sets.

Erin Kernohan-Berning, Branch Services Librarian: Hello, I’m Erin Kernohan-Berning from the Haliburton County Public Library and this is Library Moments. Once a week some of us from the library will come and talk about books, upcoming events, or the services we offer at the library.


If you have ever run a book club, you know what it can be like tracking down multiple copies of the same book for all of your readers. Haliburton County Public Library makes that process far less painful with our book club sets. Each set contains eight copy of the same book, along with a sign out form (to keep track of which of your book club members have which book) and a set of discussion questions you might want to use after reading. We have 72 book club sets to choose from, and through a partnership with Lennox & Addington Public Libraries we can offer a further selection of titles that your book club can enjoy.

Today Nancy Therrien and I will each talk about a new book club set that strikes our interest.

dead wakeNancy Therrien, Programming and Outreach Coordinator: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson is a gripping non-fiction account of the torpedo attack on the luxury cruise ship Lusitania during WWI. The 1198 lives lost off the coast of Ireland on May 7th, 1915 contributed to a pivotal shift of opinion of the West against Germany.

Although the basic details of the sinking of the Lusitania are well known, there are many unanswered questions surrounding its circumstances. Larson considers a wide array of forces at play, including weather, travel advisories, military secrets, possible munitions aboard and other factors that combined to create one of the largest maritime disasters in history. In the past the story of the Lusitania was shrouded and suppressed: Blame and conspiracy theories abound. However, in the book Dead Wake, we learn factual, technical details about the ocean liner, the U-boats, their equipment and the overall military situation, tempered by personal details about the lives of the crews and passengers.

Riveting and significant, Dead Wake vividly depicts the drama and emotional toil of a disaster at sea whose specific details and true meaning have long been hidden. Dead Wake explains the historical details of sinking of the Lusitania and provides a balanced viewpoint of facts and theories surrounding its loss, while reading like a fast-paced thriller. You do not need to be a military history buff to enjoy it. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

they left us everythingErin: Every year we participate in the Ontario Library Association’s Forest of Reading through their Evergreen Award. Because we purchase multiple copies of the Evergreen Award titles, the Evergreen Award winner, along with one or two of the other popular titles, get turned into book club sets. This past year quite a few Evergreen Award titles became book club sets including the winner They Left Us Everything by Plum Johnson. They Left Us Everything is an interesting pick because it is non-fiction, where fiction tends to be more popular. But, Johnson’s story of dealing with the aging and death of her parents, and then sifting through the weighty mix of their personal belongings and the memories that go with them, clearly resonated with readers who have gone or find themselves going through the same thing in their lives. They Left Us Everything is bound to make for some great book club discussions. Other Evergreen contenders that have found a new life as a book club set include Under the Visible Life by Kim Echlin, Birdie by Tracey Lindberg, and The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant.

You can view our book club sets online by visiting and clicking on “Book Club Sets” we also have a book club resources page for you to visit as well. To request a book club set, you can call our admin office at 705-457-2241 or email

That’s it for this week’s Library Moments. Thanks for listening here on 100.9 FM.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.


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