Canada has the longest coastline of any nation on the planet. We are surrounded by three major oceans and lake and river systems that cross us from east to west – that sort of makes us an island, according to Canadian author Victor Suthren. His book, entitled ‘The Island of Canada: How Three Oceans Shaped Our Nation,’ follows this country’s development from the early Inuit and aboriginal societies and First European adventurers to settlement and forward into current times. Suthren contends that our country has been shaped by saltwater and shorelines–his special passion for maritime history is set free in this book–a true gift of tremendous value and legacy for our nation.
Two-thirds of our globe is ocean. Author Joe Quirk co-leads a team working to create the first ‘seastead,’ a place of political freedom in the offshore waters of a host nation. His book written with Patri Friedman is entitled, ‘Seasteading: How Floating Nations Will Restore the Environment, Enrich the Poor, Cure the Sick and Liberate Humanity from Politicians.’ This book gives the reader an intriguing look at new aquatic living shifts. It broaches the concept of communities free from the structure of standard citizenship. Quirk and Friedman explain and illustrate how cities built on floating ocean platforms will become spaces where imagination and inventiveness will lead to innovative new farming sources and enhanced human creativity. This is an interesting read but not for the faint of heart or those who get seasick.
Wayne Johnston’s newest novel is another gem from a terrific writer. ‘A World Elsewhere’ follows the life and connection between a man and his adopted son. The story is set at the end of the nineteenth century and flows from St. John’s, Newfoundland to the halls of Princeton University. This book gives the reader a new perception of the definition of love, devotion, comradeship and kinship.
If you like convincing characters, fast-paced story action, mysterious amnesia, missing persons and ominous secrets you will enjoy writer Lisa Jewell’s novel, ‘I Found You.’ It’s a really suspense-filled, twisted thriller.
Young Adult Pick: ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas.
DVD Pick: ‘Mama Mia!’ starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seigfried and Pierce Brosnan – a great musical featuring ABBA tunes. Join in the celebration!
Assiginack Pubic Library and its outside book return drop are closed due to
COVID-19 concerns. However, books and DVDs can be borrowed through our current curbside service. You can look at our book list and our DVD list under ‘library’ at assignack.ca.
Instructions on how curbside service works is also found there.
If you do not have access to the internet you can contact library staff at (705-859-2110) on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 10 am and 3 pm.
We will assist you in getting reading and movie materials into your hands. Our WiFi system is on all the time and can be accessed outside the building using your own devices. The password for the WiFi is posted on the library’s front door. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you and stay safe.