Friday, February 28, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Review byKendra Runnalls, Community Librarian for the Revelstoke Branch
Friday, February 21, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
Two books I have read recently come to mind, each based on the author's previously “unknown-to-them” family history. One is Linda Spalding's The Purchase (2012) which I may review another time. The other is Emancipation Day (2013) by Wayne Grady.
This novel features a main character, Jack, who lives his life passing as white, rejecting his own race. The author was in a library 20 years earlier researching his ancestral roots, curious about which Irish county his great-grandfather immigrated from before settling in Windsor, Ont. There he discovered in an 1890 Census that this man was not Irish at all, not even white, but instead a black African-American. His father, who had always claimed to be of Irish descent, was in fact black, but with a complexion light enough that he could “pass” for white. Grady had never been told.
Previously a prolific author of non-fiction, Grady has written his first novel based on this discovery. The novel starts during WWII when a young white girl from Newfoundland, Vivian, falls in love with a young sailor, Jack, from Windsor. The story is told in alternating chapters from Jack's & Vivian's points of view.
I will not divulge the plot, but suffice it to say that Jack keeps his racial heritage a secret from Vivian for quite some time. This may seem far-fetched, except that it really happened in Grady's family, in Canada. Set in the big-band era, this novel explores many themes: race, racial politics, shame, denial, self-discovery, love & family dynamics. Long-listed for the 2013 Giller Prize, this novel is “A haunting, memorable, believable portrait of a man so desperate to deny his heritage that he imperils his very soul.” (Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes).
Diana Inselberg is a retired librarian and resident of Enderby.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
The only problem is the Earl of Essex, Queen Elizabeth’s last, and perhaps, greatest love. The earl, a champion jouster and dashing general, is a man John ardently wishes to avoid. He knows the other side of the earl, an impetuous melancholic, and he has had to risk his life for him in battle several times before. All John wants is to remain free to realize his dreams But he soon finds himself enmeshed in the intrigues of court and forced to play a deadly game of power, politics, conspiracy and rebellion.
Review by Peter Critchley of the Vernon Branch
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The Okanagan Regional Library is happy to offer Career Cruising to its library patrons.
Career Cruising is an online, interactive career guidance tool, where you can explore hundreds of career profiles and take interest and skill assessments that will help you decide what your career interests may be.
Career Cruising also features the My Plan portfolio, this online portfolio is where you can save your interest and skills assessment results, information about careers and schools of interest, or work. Just a quick registration is needed with the site in order to save your assessments and use the My Plan portfolio.
Every patron at the ORL can use Career Cruising for free, either at home or in your library branch.
Try out Career Cruising! From the ORL homepage, www.orl.bc.ca, click on the “View All Digital Resources” button. Then, click on the Career Cruising link and enter your library card barcode number (if prompted).
Career Cruising is pretty fun and interesting, you can easily plan the steps you need to take on the path toward your dream job!
Each month, the ORL features one of its eResources. Library membership gives ORL patrons access to a wide range of eResources that can be accessed from home and in the library. These eResources can be used for reading and enjoyment, to help you with your research needs, or to learn new things.
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