Did you hear about our partnership with the Daisy Chain Book Co?
In April 2019, we partnered with the Daisy Chain Book Co. They will be at our centre every 2 weeks, selling their books and they will be hosting their Daisy Chain Book Club here at our centre!
What kind of Book Club is this?
Simply put, it is a casual get-together of readers sharing their experience with a particular story. There are no right or wrong answer, and all opinions of the book are welcome. Every 6 weeks, we will meet for less than an hour, discuss the book, the characters, the ideas we have to make the book better… and then you will receive a recipe in honour of the book to bring the flavour of the story home with you! Books are available at Daisy Chain Book Co., your local library (in both book and audio version usually) and your local bookstore.
COME JOIN US!
Monday August 5th – Community Cafe
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
This New York Times bestseller intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail-biting storytelling, Erik Larson has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.
Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The architect was Daniel Hudson Burnham, the fair’s brilliant director of works and the builder of many of the country’s most important structures, including the Flatiron Building in New York and Union Station in Washington, D.C. The murderer was Henry H. Holmes, a young doctor who, in a malign parody of the White City, built his “World’s Fair Hotel” just west of the fairgrounds–a torture palace complete with dissection table, gas chamber, and 3,000-degree crematorium. Burnham overcame tremendous obstacles and tragedies as he organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake.
The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. Erik Larson’s gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.