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Amnesty International Book Club meets at the Nelson Library

By Contributor
May 7th, 2017

The Nelson Public Library and Nelson’s Amnesty International group have teamed up to celebrate the role of literature in human rights issues with a book club that embraces popular novels and great discussions.

The next Nelson AI Book Club meets Tuesday, May 23 at 7pm in the Library to discuss the Giller Prize-winning novel 419 by Will Ferguson. Everyone is welcome.

Most of us have received emails from scammers — but what’s really behind it? In 419—which refers to a section of the Nigerian criminal code — a woman travels from Canada to confront the perpetrators of the fraud that left her family destitute and finds a complex, dangerous world.

Launched in 2014, the Amnesty International Book Club recommends a new Canadian novel every two months, with online features such interactive author interviews, podcast episodes, challenging discussion questions and rich human rights backgrounds to the books’ topics. 

Discussion facilitator and Amnesty International members Gary Ockenden and Judy O’Learey will facilitate the discussion, along with Nelson Library staffer Melodie Rae Storey. The Library is happy to order in extra copies of the book. For more information call the library at 352-6333.

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