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Book Club - Junie (November 23)

Book Club - Junie (November 23)

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Join us for Coastal Bookstore's Literary Book Club. 

Registration is done on a month-by-month basis, so there is no regular commitment. That said, we have a lot of regular attendees. It is a lot of fun and a great opportunity to meet with others for intelligent conversation. The cost is the price of the current book, there are no other fees. Coffee & tea is provided by the bookstore.

Literary Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month, from 7-8:30pm at the bookstore, 272 Newport Drive.

The books are decided by group vote, two months in advance. November's book is Junie by Chelene Knight: 

A riveting exploration of the complexity within mother-daughter relationships and the dynamic vitality of Vancouver's former Hogan's Alley neighbourhood.

1930s, Hogan's Alley—a thriving Black and immigrant community located in Vancouver's East End. Junie is a creative, observant child who moves to the alley with her mother, Maddie: a jazz singer with a growing alcohol dependency. Junie quickly makes meaningful relationships with two mentors and a girl her own age, Estelle, whose resilient and entrepreneurial mother is grappling with white scrutiny and the fact that she never really wanted a child.

As Junie finds adulthood, exploring her artistic talents and burgeoning sexuality, her mother sinks further into the bottle while the thriving neighbourhood—once gushing with potential—begins to change. As her world opens, Junie intuits the opposite for the community she loves.

Told through the fascinating lens of a bright woman in an oft-disquieting world, this book is intimate and urgent—not just an unflinching look at the destruction of a vibrant community, but a celebration of the Black lives within.