White Pine Spotlight

 The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Winner of the 2017 Governor General’s Award for Young People’s Literature.

  • Powerful words and messages for a troubled time.
  • It’s so Canadian right down to the Hudson’s Bay blankets… how ironic!
  • Great promise of going somewhere brilliant when you start off with quotes from  William S  Burroughs and Cormac McCarthy.  And the promise is fulfilled.  What a brilliant concept.
  • Sickness = sadness = stop dreaming… The author brings in Camus – The Plague – to ponder on the nature of humanity and inhumanity, on what makes people tick, on what makes people change.
  • I love the structure of the book: the personal ‘coming-to stories’ interwoven with the story of the group and also the story of indigenous history and mythologies. All of the pieces build nicely on each other to fill in gaps.  The book also – despite being in print – celebrates the oral storytelling traditions.
  • The book takes no prisoners…  a total no holds barred approach. It takes aim at everything: Colonialism; Treaties; Pandemics; Residential schools; Political ignorance; Failure to heed traditional wisdom about stewardship of the land and water…. Water diversion projects, Industrial pollution, Industrial agriculture (dead food), Oil pipelines; Pharmaculture; Reserves; Indigenous Incarceration rates; Cultural appropriation; History repeating itself (looking to indigenous wisdom but then wanting to ‘own’ it (p88)); and, I’ve probably missed some…
  • All this with a wry sense of humour… especially the ‘Apocalyptic Boy Scouts’ and ‘Hunting and Homestead’ duties in the travelling camp.
  • I love the characters: French/Francis; Miig; Rose; Minerva (her self sacrifice… her dreams… her song… she brings it all down… the power of the generations, of the stories, of the elders)
  • And last, but not least, I especially love the environmental message which comes across loud and clear, particularly in the latter part of the book.  Nearer the ending we get this message of faith and hope… When we heal our land, we are healed also… We’ll get there.  Maybe not soon, but eventually (p193).

Read the review at Quill and Quire.

Winner, Governor General’s Award for Young People’s Literature.

Winner, Kirkus Prize for Young Reader’s Literature.

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  • Learn more about the Forest of Reading here.
  • Check out Forest Fridays, virtual visits with featured authors (link is to last year).  We look forward to their return. When they do, we will be hosting a couple of them here at ESA.
  • Students who would like to join us at the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 15th should see Ms. Wray in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.
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Throwback Thursday’s

Welcome back to ‘Throwback Thursdays @ ESA‘… where we will feature, each week, one ‘classic’ recording from the ESA Performance Archives.

This week we feature Dance Night 2003, a production of Madame Butterfly.

  • Sadly I have not yet come across a programme or other information detailing cast and crew.
  • If anyone has anything like that, I’d be delighted if you c/would share.

Access the video clip here at the ESA Library YouTube Channel.

Final Friday Fun Day… Today!!

Come to the Library at lunch today and step back from the stress of preparing for exams.

  • Bring your lunch –and a mug for tea! – and take an intentional time out for an hour.
  • Pack up your troubles!  RELAX! 
  • At the very least drop by and pick up a book to keep on hand for when you need a study break during the exam period.

Room 217 will be open for anyone who absolutely needs computer or printer access for academic purposes only.

Mindfulness and Final Friday Fun Day… tomorrow!

Start your day off with Thursday morning Mindfulness in The Walden Room starting at 8:10am.

Then join us at lunch for Final Friday Fun Day.

  • This week Final Friday Fun Day falls on the Thursday as it’s the last day of classes before exams begin…

Tomorrow we’re going to have a good old fashioned “Rainy Day Games Day”…

  • The Library has a collection of games including cribbage, chess, backgammon, Jenga, Yahtzee, Sorry!, and more.
  • Or you can bring your own games.
  • Whatever you do, bring your lunch and come join in the fun.

Take a radical approach to exam prep this time around… skip the last minute cramming and studying tomorrow at lunch…

  • Join in the fun and games…. or,
  • Engage in some quiet meditative practice… or,
  • Read a book… we have great collections of poetry and short stories… just the perfect length for those little breaks so necessary when studying.

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Final Friday Fun Day‘s are an opportunity to turn off, settle in, relax and take a load off.  The Library goes tech free for the lunchhour…  no computers, no printing, no personal devices.

  • Room 217 will be open over the lunchhour for anyone desperately needing computer/printer access for academic purposes only.

Reading: The Ultimate Stress Relief

As we head into exams later this week… don’t forget to drop by the Library to pick up a good book to keep on hand for de-stressing.

Research has shown that ‘losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation‘… and that as little as six (6) minutes with a good book can reduce your stress levels more than any other single activity – more even than listening to music, having a cup of tea or taking a walk.

Lots of great titles on offer for all readers.

 

White Pine Spotlight

 Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

    • Love this book!  Fast paced.  Sparse writing.  Snappy dialogue. Authentic voices.
    • The writing is beautiful. The imagery captivates right from the start.  The author excels at writing complex scenes loaded with multiple meanings…
    • And then there is family and friend drama… it’s not all peace, love and happiness… this book will also break your heart!
    • This book illuminates – for all cis-gendered folk – just what it is like to live life outside the binary… what the majority population take for granted that, especially, bi and trans folk can’t and don’t.
    • Open, honest, realistic, positive and human(e) this book will equally appeal to the quiet nerdy types who love video games and gaming.

Read the review at Quill and Quire.

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  • Learn more about the Forest of Reading here.
  • Check out Forest Fridays, virtual visits with featured authors (link is to last year).  We look forward to their return. When they do, we will be hosting a couple of them here at ESA
  • Students who would like to join us at the Festival of Trees, at Harbourfront, on Tuesday May 15th should see Ms. Wray or Ms. Kennedy in the Library.
  • Permission forms will be available closer to the date.