Sherrill Sherwood, Collection Development Coordinator: Hello, I’m Sherrill Sherwood 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.
For March’s Online Book Club theme we have selected “CBC Canada Reads 2017”. The five selected books will be debated by selected Canadian celebrities from March 27th-30th. The Canada Reads debates will be broadcast on CBC-TV and CBC Radio One and will be live streamed on CBCbooks.ca.
Today on Library Moments Bessie Sullivan and I will each talk about a title featured in March’s online book club.
Bessie Sullivan, County Librarian: Company Town by Madeline Ashby is set in New Arcadia a city-sized oil rig off the coast of the Canadian Maritimes, now owned by a very wealthy and powerful family: Lynch Ltd.
Hwa is one of the few people in her community, the oil rig, to forgo bio-engineered enhancements. She is the last truly organic person left on the rig–making her doubly an outsider. Despite this, her expertise in the arts of self-defense and her record as a fighter mean that her services are in high demand. When the youngest Lynch needs training and protection, the family turns to Hwa. But can even she protect against increasingly intense death threats seemingly coming from another timeline?
Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city’s stability and heightens the unease on the rig. All signs point to a nearly invisible serial killer, but all of the murders seem to lead right back to Hwa’s front door.
A brilliant, twisted mystery, as one woman must evaluate saving the people of a town that can’t be saved, or saving herself.
Sherrill Sherwood, Collection Development Coordinator: The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier is a human story of resilience, commitment, and survival told from the unique vantage point of an Inuk woman who, in spite of many obstacles, rose from humble beginnings in an Arctic community in Quebec. Sheila was raised by a single parent and grandmother and travelled by dog team in a traditional, ice-based Inuit hunting culture and has become one of the most influential and decorated environmental, cultural, and human rights advocates in the world.
The Right to Be Cold explores the parallels between safeguarding the Arctic and the survival of Inuit culture—and ultimately the world—in the face of past, present, and future environmental degradation. The author passionately argues that climate change is a human rights issue and one to which all of us on the planet are closely linked. The Right to Be Cold is the culmination of Sheila’s regional, national, and international work over the last twenty-five years, weaving historical traumas and current issues such as climate change, leadership, and sustainability in the Arctic into her personal story to give a coherent and holistic voice to an important subject.
In an interview, Sheila replied to the question “What parts of your culture are threatened by climate change?” with the following:
Everything—our culture is based on the cold, the snow, and the ice. As I say in all the talks that I give and in my book, the values and principles are just as important as the ability to live in that harsh environment, the ability to hunt, and the ability to be a sharing community connected to one another. It is that connection and ability to have our children be part of the culture that is just as powerful as anything else. It’s not just about our inability to harvest animals due to the loss of ice—it’s about the wisdom of the land, the ice, and our elders that is being lost in the process. That part of it is just as important because as you start to lose that wisdom, you lose the ability to signal to the world what is happening to our planet. If we can no longer be out there as much as we want to and need to be, then who else is going to signal that first sign that the planet is melting? What is happening in the Arctic has a lot of meaning everywhere else.
Anyone can participate in Haliburton County Public Library’s Online Book Club by choosing to read one or more of four books selected each month. You don’t even have to read from a particular month’s selection you can just go online and make comments about books and reading in general. Just go to haliburtonlibrary.ca and click on the “g” for Goodreads.
That’s it for this week’s Library Moments. Thanks for listening here on 100.9 CANOE FM.
*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM.