Library Book Club

Library Book Club : Foundation Events

Friday, Jun 14, 12:30PM–1:30PM

Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street

All experience levels are welcome to a monthly book group moderated by library staff. In 2013, the library will ask individuals from varied backgrounds to select a title that has been meaningful to them. Space is limited to 15 participants. Please register in advance by emailing

June’s curator, Sam Parton, selected Margaret Atwood’s The Journals of Susanna Moodie for the following reasons:

“This book has personal meaning for me - as a child of immigrants to Canada, and as a descendant of Susanna Moodie. In these poems, Atwood responds to Moodie's writings about life as a settler in 19th century Canada ("Roughing It in the Bush" and "Life in the Clearings") with poems that articulate her sense of Moodie's "other" voice: the unspoken words that hum between the lines of written text, which Moodie could not articulate as a member of polite colonial society. The book is a powerful meditation on dislocation, identity, wilderness, and survival.”

Sam Parton is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and co-founder of acclaimed Canadian band The Be Good Tanyas. In addition to performing internationally with her band, she has worked as a treeplanter in British Columbia, a researcher of folklore in Brooklyn, and a street musician in New Orleans. She is related to Susanna Moodie on her father's side.

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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