This year’s One Book, One Community title – The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Nation by Charlotte Gray – lends itself to great discussion. It touches on women’s rights, victim’s rights, domestic work, crime and justice, the class system, the Great War, and the history of early 20th century Ontario. We hope many of you have had the opportunity to read it.
Kitchener Public Library is hosting a very special author event with Charlotte Gray and famed criminal defence lawyer Edward Greenspan in the Theatre at Central Library. In addition, we are hosting a Books and Breakfast club, an Ideas and Issues lecture, and a film series on Monday nights in September with the theme of Courtroom Drama. As with all of our programs and events, it is free to attend! Find details for each event below:
Books & Breakfast
With Natalie, Collection Development Librarian, and Laura, Information Services Librarian.
Central Library Saturday, September 13 at 10 am
Join us for a lively discussion of The Massey Murders by Charlotte Gray. Enjoy a free continental breakfast.
An Evening with Charlotte Gray in conversation with Edward Greenspan, Q.C.
Central Library Tuesday, September 16 at 7 pm
Charlotte Gray joins us on the stage at Central Library for a reading from The Massey Murder and an armchair discussion with special guest Edward Greenspan. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the author cross-examined by Canada’s most prominent criminal lawyer.
Copies of Ms. Gray’s book will be available for purchase courtesy of Chapters.
No registration required. Seating is first come, first served with doors open at 6:30pm.
Ideas and Issues – 40th anniversary season
Central Library Wednesday, September 17 at 12 noon
A 50-minute lecture with Shannon Dea, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Waterloo. Topic: Women, Chastity and the Law. We welcome discreet late arrivals and early departures, so feel free to pop in and bring your lunch. No registration required.
Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
You bring the popcorn, we’ll show the movie in the newly refurbished Theatre at Central. In conjunction with the One Book, One Community title The Massey Murder, this month features courtroom dramas. No registration required; just drop in.
Sept. 15 – 12 Angry Men
Sept. 22 – To Kill a Mockingbird
Sept. 29 – The Verdict
If you liked The Massey Murder …
If you’ve already read and enjoyed The Massey Murder, we’ve got a list of suggested Next Reads for you, including books by Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, and Emma Donoghue, who is also visiting Kitchener Public Library this fall.