Posted on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 at 8am
by Catherine Bates. See more of my posts here.
To coincide with this year’s World Book Night the Lifelong Learning Centre recently threw a book party, in collaboration with the Leeds Centre for Canadian Studies and part-funded by the Canada-UK Foundation. Held at the Arch Café in the centre of Leeds, the event was a great success and was attended by over 20 people who were treated to a variety of activities.
The evening was kicked off with a wonderful talk about the inspirational power of reading by Lyn G. Farrell, local author of the award-winning debut novel The Wacky Man. She also treated us by reading an extract before giving away ten signed copies of her book (an orderly queue formed as soon as she stopped reading!).
There was then an opportunity to get involved with the Canadian literature table, which included a chance to take a copy of the story Foreigners by Elizabeth Harvor and become part of a virtual reading group. The story will be discussed soon on the Yorkshire Network for Canadian Studies blog which you can read here. Some of our BA Professional Studies students, who have experienced how much can be learnt through discussion with others, will join in with this blog.
There was also a chance to bid for one of four contemporary Canadian classics, chosen by the Leeds Centre for Canadian Studies: Andre Alexis’s Fifteen Dogs, Eden Robinson’s Monkey Beach, Alistair MacLeod’s Island and Joseph Boyden’s Three-Day Road. Finally, while the bidding took place people could also browse and choose to take from over 40 books donated by LLC staff – these ranged from comedy biographies to classic novels and were much in demand!
The evening ended with the announcement of best bids, the winners of which were awarded with their chosen Canadian classics. Attendees left, arms filled with new books and worlds to discover, full of tea and cake. Feedback from participants confirmed the evening had been a success, with comments being made about the joy of being introduced to new writers and of hearing others’ experiences of reading. One person went away with a small pile of their first ever owned books, which we hope will form part of a growing personal library.