2015 ‘Pass the Book’ Winner Announced

golemjinniThe votes are in and the 2015 ‘Pass the Book’ winner for Durham Region was announced today at Oshawa Public Library. This year’s read is: The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker. Reserve your copy today and find out why the readers picked this as the book everyone should read this year!

In The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask and released in New York City, though still not entirely free.

Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

Best Books of 2014

all the lightAs we head into a new year, it’s always great to take a moment to reflect on all the wonderful things that happened in the previous year! Check out our list of some of the best books of 2014 to see if there’s any you have missed:

Best Fiction of 2014

Best Non-Fiction of 2014

It’s not a long list, but we have tried to include something for everyone! If you are hungry for more suggestions you can check out our links to award winners or peruse the Globe & Mail’s Top 100 or Amazon’s Best Books of the Year. Don’t see your favourite? Let us know what your favourite books of 2014 were by leaving us a comment using the link below.

What’s on @ the Library in 2015

whatsonbannerCheck out our latest newsletter to find out what’s happening at the Library in the New Year. Movies, book clubs, story times, computer classes, travelogues or parenting workshops. There’s something for everyone!

Winter 2015 Newsletter