A Book Club in Prison

bookclubThe other night we had our monthly book club in prison. We had all read Obasan, the story of the Canadian government moving all the Japanese off the west coast of Canada during WWII. We actually had a double session, because November’s meeting was cancelled due to a lockdown. November’s selection was All Quiet on the Western Front. Gitxsan

One of the men made a Gitxsan rattle to pass around so that each person would native rattlehave an equal time to talk.

We volunteers started this club to provide something for men who are looking for more. Since education is the proven way out of crime, a book club stimulates learning and gets people to read books that might not otherwise read. (And it forces people like me to read books I never would have read.)

We choose the books democratically with everyone voting. The quality of choices has been excellent:

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers
Night by Elie Wiesel
Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie
Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Dystopia, by Mike Oulton and Ed Griffin
I know This Much is True — Wally Lamb
Lost in the Cosmos, Walker Percy
A Hundred Years of Solitude. Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Another federal prison is starting a book club, so if you’re interested, contact me at ed@edgriffin.net

Images courtesy of:

  • publish.newsserv.com.au
  • ancientkent.blogspot.com
  • wilkersonart.com

2 responses to “A Book Club in Prison

  1. I haven’t checked in here for some time since I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are good quality so I guess I will add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

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