The Water Rat of Wanchai entered my life thanks to my good friend Cindy. She passed her copy along to me saying that she’d found a brand-new crime series to binge on that she was sure I’d enjoy. I have no idea where Cindy picked it up, but judging by the evidence, her copy’s well-travelled, just like its author.    The Water Rat of Wanchai is, in fact, the first novel of Canadian author Ian Hamilton, and while his story pit stops in Hong Kong, it starts out in Toronto before moving on to Seattle, then Thailand, then Guyana and … Continue reading THE WATER RAT OF WANCHAI


I was reminded recently of the period when I taught evening FSL classes. It happened as I was driving back home in late May. I turned on the radio—tuned to 88.5 FM— like I did back then, and the car was instantly filled with the breathy near-whisper of a female voice. The speaker’s diction was careful. Deliberate. She spoke with softness, as though in a darkened room, as though fearful her words would extinguish the flame of a candle in front of her. This is how it seemed to me. Her voice carried an unmistakeable sadness, and also a quality … Continue reading WRITING IN WORRIED TIMES

Activities this week: Monday November 21 to Sunday November 27

COFFEE AND CRAFT with Debbie Smith The children’s craft guru, Debbie Smith, is offering more projects for adults! Join in the fun and discover your inner talent. Bring your scissors. Resident: $10. non-resident: $15. Registration required at the Library. ELEGANT ANGEL II Saturday, November 26, 2016. Central ; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – in English. Before You (Avant toi) directed by Thea Sharrock Tuesday, November 22 1:30 p.m. (in English-110 min) Adapted from the bestselling novel by Jo Jo Moyes, Me Before You tells the story of the unexpected relationship that blossoms between a contented small town Englishwoman and … Continue reading Activities this week: Monday November 21 to Sunday November 27

Activities this week: Monday November 7 to Sunday November 13

    CROCHETING with Lise Aubry Discover the art of crochet or perfect your technique. Bring your questions and tell us all about ongoing and future projects. Beginners: Bring one 4.5-mm crochet hook; one ball of practice yarn will be provided. Experienced crocheters: Bring your hook and yarn, or your ongoing project. Beginner to expert. Resident: $10. Non-resident: $15. Registration required. CROCHET THRICE Tuesdays November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2016. Central : 7 to 8:30 p.m.  – bilingual. BOOK DISCUSSION CLUB Come join a group of avid readers for lively discussions on a wide range of books. You must be … Continue reading Activities this week: Monday November 7 to Sunday November 13