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The Holy Oak Book Club

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The Holy Oak Book Club

There's an exciting new reading series in Toronto: the Holy Oak Book Club, a “series that pretends to be a book club pretending to be a reading series.” Each month, a book by a Toronto author is selected by series organizers Christopher McKinnon and Laurie McGregor. Those planning to attend the series are encouraged (though not required) to pick up the book in advance so they can participate in the discussion that follows the author's reading.

The series is held at the Holy Oak Cafe (1241 Bloor Street West). This month, David Derry will be reading from his book, Sentimental Exorcisms (Coach House Books). The reading is on Saturday, November 28th. See our events page for details. For more information about the Holy Oak Book Club, keep reading.

From our friends at the Holy Oak Book Club:

Holy Oak Book Club

A new reading series that pretends to be a book club pretending to be a reading series.

Book #1: Sentimental Exorcisms by David Derry, Published by Coach House Books

Drinks and casual conversation, then a reading by the author. Discussion questions (!) will be available for those who like to talk.

About the event:
The Holy Oak Book Club is a new monthly (sort of) reading series that acts a bit like a book club. We pick a book by a Toronto author, encourage people to read it and then get together to hear the author read from it. Maybe we'll even talk about it! Drinks and casual conversation start around 7pm, a reading by the author around 7:30pm and discussion (and more drinks!) until we're done. Holy Oak Cafe (our home base!) serves delicious coffee and teas, and boasts a selection of fine beers, wines and liquors. Book #1 (Sentimental Exorcisms by David Derry) is on-sale now at Holy Oak Cafe for only $15, or available at your favourite local bookstore.

Read the book beforehand and join in the discussion, or just come to hear the reading. Everyone is welcome.

About the book:
Formally playful, neurotic-to-the-extreme and chock-a-block with lit-geek fun (punctuation as metaphor for latent homosexuality, a letter of chastisement to Austin C. Clarke, and more), Sentimental Exorcisms is an ambitious entry from David Derry. His stories offer up small worlds (set in recognizable Toronto locales) inhabited by men who are so painfully normal that they become extraordinarily strange. They are men struggling with themselves - with masculinity, with the desire to escape - but most of all these stories are witty and sometimes charming enough for us to believe that their very imperfect protagonists are just human beings like us, and not the cads we might otherwise presume them to be.    

About the author: 
David Derry lives in Toronto with his wife and two daughters, and works as a contract analyst. This is his first book.

Special thanks to Coach House Books and to David Derry for their participation in The Holy Oak Book Club

The Holy Oak Book Club is organized by Christopher McKinnon. 
Books are selected (and discussion questions created) by Christopher McKinnon and Laurie McGregor.

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