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Book Title: The Prison Book Club|
The author of the book: Ann Walmsley
ISBN 13: 9780670069484
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.76 MB
Date of issue: September 22nd 2015
Read full description of the books The Prison Book Club:An attack in London left Ann Walmsley unable to walk alone down the street, and shook her belief in the fundamental goodness of people. In Canada a few years later, when her friend Carol asked her to participate in a bold new venture in a men’s medium security prison, Ann had to weigh her curiosity and desire to be of service with her anxiety and fear.
But she signed on, and for eighteen months went to a remote building at Collins Bay, meeting a group of heavily tattooed book club members without the presence of guards or security cameras.
There was no wine and cheese, plush furnishings, or superficial chat about jobs or recent vacations.
But a book club on the inside proved to be a place to share ideas, learn about each other, and regain humanity.
For the men, the books were rare prized possessions, and the meetings were an oasis of safety and a respite from isolation in an otherwise hostile environment. Having been judged themselves, they were quick to make judgments about the books they read. As they discussed the obstacles the
characters faced, they revealed glimpses of their own struggles that were devastating and comic.
From The Grapes of Wrath to The Cellist of Sarajevo, Outliers to Infidel, the book discussions became a springboard for frank conversations about loss, anger, redemption, heroism and loneliness.
The Prison Book Club follows six particularly involved book club members, who kept journals at Ann's request and participated in candid one-on-one conversations. Graham the biker, Frank the gunman, Ben and Dread the Jamaicans, and the robber duo Gaston and Peter come to life as Ann reconciles her knowledge of their crimes with the individuals themselves, and follows their lives as they leave prison. And woven throughout is the determined and compassionate Carol Finlay, working tirelessly to expand her program across Canada and into the United States.
The books changed the men and the men changed Ann, allowing her to move beyond her position as a victim. She came to realize that given the choice, she'd forsake the company of her privileged friends and their comfortable book club, and make the two hour drive to Collins Bay.
Read information about the authorAnn Walmsley is a magazine journalist whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail and Maclean's. She is the recipient of four National Magazine Awards, a Canadian Business Journalism Award and two International Regional Magazine Awards.
Born in Picton, Ontario, Walmsley graduated with a degree in English literature from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, before pursuing a career in journalism as a magazine writer, book reviewer and editor. During her writing career, she has lived in Toronto, Paris, Westport CT, Dallas and London.
Intrigued by her parents’ membership in a local literary society called Tennyson Club, she founded her first book club at age nine. Since then, she has been a member of five other book clubs in Canada and the U.K. But it wasn’t until a friend invited her in 2010 to help with book selection for a prison book club that she found the material for a book that she herself would write.
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