This is a very good book, and I was happy to hear that these book clubs exist in Canadian penal institutions. The insight that many of the prisoners had were very interesting to read, and I enjoyed their critiques of the books they read. I belong to a library based book club, and our group has read many of the same books as noted here. Highly recommend.
The Prison Book Club, journalist Ann Walmsley's memoir about running a book club in an Ontario men's prison, has been crowned the winner of the 2016 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction.
An insightful look into the minds of the book club members as they comment on the many books they've read. Congratulations to the people who have contributed to this prison activity.
As the moderator of library book clubs, I found this to be an amazingly insightful read. There is a lot to be admired in the prison book clubs, in the people who run them and the prisoners who are members. The book is full of tips for running a successful book club meeting and of unexpectedly insightful comments from the men. Ann Walmsley was honest in voicing her concerns in working with the prisoners. I love her conclusion - that given the choice between attending a meeting of her women's book club in Toronto and and attending a meeting of the prison book club, she would take the prison book club every time.
I really enjoyed reading the inmates comments on the many books I have read.
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