Guest column: Are you hooked on books?

Agassiz Harrison book club always open to new members

We’re still hooked – on books that is!

The Agassiz-Harrison Hooked on Books book club is starting up for the fall. It can’t begin soon enough for those of us who’ve gone two whole months without a book club fix.

Much like the addictive nature of caffeine and sweets (which we also provide), it is hard to say no to the temptation of a good read.

We’re looking for willing converts to ensnare in our devious web of literacy, snacks and conversation; so we hope you’ll come and become one of us — unable to resist the lure of a good book and lively discussion.

Even better, for those of you out there unable to admit to a book addiction, the Hooked on Books book club is the epitome of a recreational habit; you don’t have to come every month or even read every book. You’re welcome drop in and out when convenient.

Satisfy your craving at our first meeting of the year, on Sept. 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Agassiz Library.

Our first tantalizing read of the season will the award winning novel Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. Half Blood Blues has been the recipient of the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, the 2012 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, so we thought we’d give it a try!

The story of Half Blood Blues begins with the disappearance of a young African-German trumpet player in 1940s Paris. When the only witness to this disappearance is compelled, years later, to admit what he saw, the long-untold tale of music, race, love and loyalty slowly unfolds.

You can pick up your copy at the library now. If you’re new to the club, let us know your name and contact info, so we can find out what you’d like to read over the course of the year.

Hope to see you there to share the habit of reading!

By Jacquelynne Garden