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Book Club Discussion of This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

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Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor

1221 2nd Street SW

Calgary, Alberta T2R 0W5

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A twist on the Wordfest Book Club and in celebration of Freedom to Read Week, join us for a discussion of censorship and the controversy surrounding the award-winning graphic novel, This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. Hosted by Anne Logan of ivereadthis.com, this event is presented in partnership with the Calgary Public Library and the Writer's Guild of Alberta.

About This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki

Winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration, This One Summer is a stunning and authentic story of friendship, illustrated with subtly heart-breaking moments and pure summer joy.

Rose and Windy are summer friends whose families have visited Awago Beach for as long as they can remember. But this year is different, and they soon find themselves tangled in teen love and family crisis.

Sure, Rose’s dad is still making cheesy and embarrassing jokes, but her mother is acting like she doesn’t even want to be there. Plus, being at the cottage isn’t just about going to the beach anymore. Now Rose and Windy are spending a lot of their time renting scary movies and spying on the teenagers who work at the corner store, as well as learning stuff about sex no one mentioned in health class.

Pretty soon everything is messed up. Rose’s father leaves the cottage and returns to the city, and her mother becomes more and more withdrawn. While her family is falling to pieces, Rose focuses her attention on Dunc, a teenager working at the local corner store. When Jenny, Dunc’s girlfriend, claims to be pregnant, the girls realize that the teenagers are keeping just as many secrets as the adults in their lives.

About your host, Anne Logan

Anne Logan is Past President of the Writers’s Guild of Alberta Board of Directors and hosts various literary events around the city, including a monthly community book club discussion at the Wordfest Engagement Lab at Memorial Park Library. Anne worked in the Canadian publishing industry for 7 years and loved every minute of it. She now writes for various publications, and is the books columnist for CBC Calgary’s Homestretch. Find her at ivereadthis.com.

About Freedom to Read Week

Freedom to Read Week runs from February 25 to March 3, 2018, and is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Read more....

Program of Activities at Memorial Park Library on February 26

  • 5-7pm, Main Floor: Discover an assortment of "rebel" activities, including readings from banned books and open access to controversial materials.

  • 7-8pm, 2nd Floor Wordfest Engagement Lab: Discussion of This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. Hosted by Anne Logan of ivereadthis.com.

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