Men & Their Books: Athens Public Library Book Club; Athens, Ontario

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I have been involved in a book club in the Athens public library for about 11 years. Our members have included men: a retired doctor, a soldier, a diplomat, a store owner, and a teacher, which is me. We usually are outnumbered by the women, but the men hold their own in debate about the books.

I've read many books I wouldn't have. The latest is Conversations With a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott by Mark Abley. It’s about the person who was in charge of the native residential school for many years in the early 20th century. Our librarians are from the Christian Reformed Church and are influential in the community with reading events and publicizing events happening at the library.

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John Bouwers