Kootenay Co-op invites you to join our FREE community book club! Each month, a local personality will lead the discussion on their chosen book at the Nelson Public Library. You can find the books at the library, Otter Books, on your friend’s bookshelf, or as an audiobook from the library or audible.com. You can sign up to save your spot in the form below or at Customer Service once registration for the session opens, on the 1st of the prior month. Check out the rest of the books on the Book Club Page and share your thoughts on the Facebook Event.
To register for this month’s discussion, please complete the form below!
The July meeting is led by Marya Skrypiczajko, Executive Director of the Nelson Food Cupboard, to discuss The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement by Nick Saul, Andrea Curtis.
Marya, our discussion leader this month, writes…
This is an engaging page-turner of a story about the transformation of a food bank in a low-income Toronto neighbourhood into a vibrant community food centre. It’s a book that I and many others, read quickly in only a couple of days.
When Nick took over as the Executive Director of The Stop (food bank) in 1998, it was a cramped place, tight for funding, that people were basically ashamed to go. With humour and poignancy, Nick tracks the process of this inspiring food bank’s metamorphosis.
The successes of The Stop’s innovative programming inspired food security organizations across the nation. Nick and his colleagues saw the potential to replicate the model in other communities, and in the last six years have been busy helping a dozen other organizations undergo similar transformations, including the Nelson Food Cupboard. After reading this book, you might have a hard time not running to join the movement too.
Grant, our staff volunteer writes about this, his first book club:
I can’t believe I’m scrawling this but, I am so excited to be writing articles for the book club! One year ago the idea of joining a book club did not appeal. Waste an evening in outdoor paradise talking about mediocre books over a bottle of crappy wine? No thanks. In the last 12 months my stereotypes about book clubs have been completely changed. Starting in July I’ll be writing 12 articles detailing my thoughts and experiences as we cover the books selected by local Nelson luminaries. I wouldn’t have changed my mind for any old book club, there are three reasons I decided to give this one a shot.
Firstly this book club was started by someone who carries the title of “the book club master” – Hazel Mousley. Hazel loves what she does and she’s very good at it. Second the books are thought provoking, varied, and potentially challenging. I saved the biggest reason for last: community. People can’t grow in a vacuum, in order for big changes and ideas to occur they need to be discussed. Individually, books can change lives, witnessing these changes happen on a community-wide level is going to be something special!