Let’s get everyone in our neighbourhood reading and discussing the same book!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

BC Booklook recognizes One Book Whonnock

Of course you are familiar with the quarterly newspaper BC Book World, founded by Alan Twigg in 1987It is Canada’s largest-circulation independent  publication about books. 
You can find electronic replicas of the magazine on Twigg’s Web site BC BookLook. The site is described as "an unprecedented, multi-faceted news service that amalgamates original articles, reviews, information on events, films, videos, audio interviews...etc.  
Right now the central of the site is a posting about One Book Whonnock and George Godwin’s book The Eternal Forest. Click HERE.  

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Going back to the past

Some twenty faithful readers of George Godwin's The Eternal Forest united on a wonderful and sunny Saturday afternoon to review the history of Whonnock in the years immediately before the First World War when the Godwins lived in Whonnock. The participants, including Lucy Godwin, granddaughter of George and Dorothy Godwin, visited the places where the author and his wife lived at that time. A warm thank you to all who participated in making this a most joyful event. Click on the picture to enlarge.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The next book to read and discuss!

Our  2014-2015 book will be The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis which won CBC Radio's "Canada Reads" in 2011.
The author describes the novel as “my love letter to democracy ... intended to illuminate a different path we might take in how we practice politics in this country...”
It’s time to be reflective, discerning citizens and gear up for the federal election scheduled for October 19, 2015. 
Start by having some fun as you read this book, then come together and discuss it with your neighbours in early 2015. Register by email to webmaster@whonnock.ca or call Jean at 604-


Readers met to discuss THE ETERNAL FOREST by George Godwin

The 2013-2014 choice of One Book Whonnock for a book to read was The Eternal Forest by George Godwin. 
Fifty-seven people signed up to read the book and of those 30 gathered at the Ruskin Hall on Tuesday 25 February to discuss the book. 
Ruskin Hall was built in 1924 close to the time The Eternal Forest was published, so the discussions were surrounded by an authentic atmosphere. 
It was a lively evening many attendants meeting fellow residents for the first time. Some came from Whonnock, some from Ruskin and some from the Stave Falls area adjacent to Ruskin. Click here to look at some more pictures taken at the event. 
Julie Young, Moh Thauberger and Jean Davidson have organized this year's One Book Whonnock, with a lot of support from Fred Braches. 
The Ruskin Hall Association kindly allowed the use of the hall at no charge.
The District of Maple Ridge provided a neighbourhood grant to cover some of the costs of the evening. 
The Maple Ridge branch of the Fraser Valley Regional Library generously acquired extra copies of the book so it would be easily available to participants.