A rollicking tale of long hours, camaraderie, and bodily fluids, along with a healthy dose of humour, comes to Greenwood Public Library on Tuesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. with a presentation by One Book, One Kootenay shortlist author Jennifer Craig.
Yes Sister, No Sister, is a funny, engaging memoir of the author’s life as a trainee nurse in the 1950s in Leeds, England, delivered with Craig’s trademark Yorkshire humour. The book made the London Times’ bestseller list and has sold in excess of 100,000 copies.
In Yes Sister, No Sister, we meet Craig and her colleagues: warm-hearted yet naïve girls who must endure strict discipline, long hours, and yes, those ever-present bodily fluids. But we also see the friendships that develop in sneaked trips to the cinema and mischievous escapades with young trainee doctors.
The harsh conditions prove too much for some girls, but the desire to help her patients keeps Jenny reaching for compassion and humour to pull her through.
One Book, One Kootenay (OBOK), a project of the Kootenay Library Federation, is a region-wide book club that celebrates the work of the talented writers living in the Kootenay Boundary.
Two other great books, Tom Wayman’s collection of short stories Boundary Country, and Rita Moir’s The Third Crop: A personal and historical journey into the photo albums and shoeboxes of the Slocan Valley 1800s to early 1940s, round out the shortlist.
In addition to Craig’s reading, Wayman and Moir will appear, virtually, through two short films created for the Kootenay Library Federation by Kootenay filmmaker Amy Bohigian.
One Book, One Kootenay shortlisted books are chosen by a panel of learned librarians. Now, it’s up to readers to vote for the book all Kootenay booklovers should read this year.
All of the OBOK shortlisted books are available in your local library.
For more information go to the Kootenay Library Federation website at obok.ca, where you can find out more about the authors and their books, look for literary events near you, and engage in online conversations or post comments.
Ballot boxes will be at Kootenay libraries Library until Friday, Aug. 10. The readers’ choice will be announced Saturday, Sept. 8, on International Literacy Day.
For more information, contact Judy Foucher at the Greenwood Public Library at 250-445-6111.