June 2017

Summer Reading

June 14, 2017 • Written by

It’s summer and it’s time for a vacation! During your summer holidays, why not take some time for yourself and read one of the many excellent books available in Red River College’s Library.

We have placed a selection of books in the Notre Dame Campus window display. Check it out or view a complete list of all books in our display. If you see something you like, just come to the Notre Dame Campus Library and inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Here is a small sample of some of the recommended titles we have on display.

 

All that man is / David Szalay

Nine men. Each of them at a different stage in life, each of them away from home, and each of them striving–in the suburbs of Prague, in an overdeveloped Alpine village, beside a Belgian motorway, in a dingy Cyprus hotel–to understand what it means to be alive, here and now. Tracing a dramatic arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, the ostensibly separate narratives of All That Man Is aggregate into a picture of a single shared existence, a picture that interrogates the state of modern manhood while bringing to life, unforgettably, the physical and emotional terrain of an increasingly globalized Europe. And so these nine lives form an ingenious and new kind of novel, in which David Szalay expertly plots a dark predicament for the twenty-first-century man.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=128518

 

Do not say we have nothing : a novel

An extraordinary novel set in China before, during and after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989–the breakout book we’ve been waiting for from a bestselling, Amazon.ca First Novel Award winner. Madeleine Thien’s new novel is breathtaking in scope and ambition even as it is hauntingly intimate. With the ease and skill of a master storyteller, Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations–those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the mid-twentieth century; and the children of the survivors, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989, in one of the most important political moments of the past century. With exquisite writing sharpened by a surprising vein of wit and sly humour, Thien has crafted unforgettable characters who are by turns flinty and headstrong, dreamy and tender, foolish and wise. At the centre of this epic tale, as capacious and mysterious as life itself, are enigmatic Sparrow, a genius composer who wishes desperately to create music yet can find truth only in silence; his mother and aunt, Big Mother Knife and Swirl, survivors with captivating singing voices and an unbreakable bond; Sparrow’s ethereal cousin Zhuli, daughter of Swirl and storyteller Wen the Dreamer, who as a child witnesses the denunciation of her parents and as a young woman becomes the target of denunciations herself; and headstrong, talented Kai, best friend of Sparrow and Zhuli, and a determinedly successful musician who is a virtuoso at masking his true self until the day he can hide no longer. Here, too, is Kai’s daughter, the ever-questioning mathematician Marie, who pieces together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking a fragile meaning in the layers of their collective story. With maturity and sophistication, humour and beauty, a huge heart and impressive understanding, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once beautifully intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of daily life inside China, yet transcendent in its universality.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=128504

 

Hot milk / Deborah Levy

“I have been sleuthing my mother’s symptoms for as long as I can remember. If I see myself as an unwilling detective with a desire for justice, is her illness an unsolved crime? If so, who is the villain and who is the victim? Sofia, a young anthropologist, has spent much of her life trying to solve the mystery of her mother’s unexplainable illness. She is frustrated with Rose and her constant complaints, but utterly relieved to be called to abandon her own disappointing fledgling adult life. She and her mother travel to the searing, arid coast of southern Spain to see a famous consultant– their very last chance– in the hope that he might cure her unpredictable limb paralysis. But Dr. Gomez has strange methods that seem to have little to do with physical medicine, and as the treatment progresses, Sofia’s mother’s illness becomes increasingly baffling. Sophia’s role as detective– tracking her mother’s symptoms in an attempt to find the secret motivation for her pain– deepens as she discovers her own desires in this transient desert community. Hot Milk is a profound exploration of the sting of sexuality, of unspoken female rage, of myth and modernity, the lure of hypochondria and big pharma, and, above all, the value of experimenting with life; of being curious, bewildered, and vitally alive to the world”–

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=128498

 

The wonder / Emma Donoghue

An English nurse is brought to a small Irish village to observe what appears to be a miracle-a girl said to have survived without food for months-soon finds herself fighting to save the child’s life. Tourists flock to the cabin of eleven-year-old Anna O’Donnell, who believes herself to be living off manna from heaven, and a journalist is sent to cover the sensation. Lib Wright, a veteran of Florence Nightingale’s Crimean campaign, is hired to keep watch over the girl. Written with all the propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels–a tale of two strangers who transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=128483

 

The girl who drank the moon / Kelly Barnhill

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule — but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her — even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=129203

 

Check out the complete list of all books in our display.

2nd Annual Mini-Golf Event: Photo Highlights

June 8, 2017 • Written by

Here are some photo highlights of our 2nd annual mini-golf tournament at Red River College Library, Notre Dame Campus. A big thank-you goes to Bettina Allen for planning the event and to all of the Library staff who volunteered to make it happen. It was great to see RRC staff and students having so much fun in the Library!

 

 

TEDx Winnipeg Live Stream – Tuesday 6 June 17 – Notre Dame Campus Library

June 1, 2017 • Written by

TEDxWinnipeg holds a one-day event each year in Winnipeg, MB. TED is all about spreading great ideas and we don’t want Red River College Staff and Students to miss out… which is why the library will be live-streaming this year’s TEDxWinnipeg!

  • When: Tuesday June 6 2017 – 8:30AM to 4:30PM
  • Where: Notre Dame Campus Library Classroom
  • Who: Students and Staff are welcome to drop in anytime between 8:30AM and 4:30PM.
  • Additional Info: Available on the TEDxWinnipeg website.

Tentative Programme of Speakers

8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

  • DENE SINCLAIR Indigenous Tourism
  • MIKE LUND The Time of Your Life
  • JOHANNA HUME Design Economics
  • RYAN MAYBERRY The Future History of Art

10:00 – 10:45AM – Break

10:45AM – Noon

  • SONYA BALLANTYNE If I don’t see myself, how do I know I exist?
  • TATJANA BRKIC Social Innovation in Business
  • JON WALDMAN Swimming Aimlessly: Getting Men to Talk about Infertility
  • JOEL CARTER Storytelling at the End of Life

Noon – 1:30PM – Lunch Break

1:30PM – 2:45PM

  • ALI SAEED The Barefoot Man is Coming (Warning: Graphic images & Content)
  • RANA BOKHARI Leadership: Breaking Traditional Gender, Age, and Religious Barriers
  • MIKE JOHNSTON A Synonym for Science is Poetry

2:45PM – 3:15PM –  Break

3:15 – 4:30PM

  • ALYSON SHANE The Positive Power of Digital Communities
  • ANDREA KRAJ Smart Cities Begin With You
  • STEVE LANGSTON Goal Smashing