Elizabeth Hay will be in Nelson for the book weekend in September.

Great summer reads in preparation for Kootenay Book Weekend

Wonder of wonder, the Kootenay Book Weekend is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Wonder of wonder, the Kootenay Book Weekend is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

They are featuring four award winning authors whose novels draw upon characters and settings around the world. Read these four captivating books this summer and come join them for the celebration.

The Appointment by Herta Muller centres around a factory worker in post Second World War Communist Romania who has to adapt to the terror and mistrust surrounding her in an oppressive regime.

In her novel Year of Wonder, Geraldine Brooks spins a tale around a singular moment in history when an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to a small village. The inhabitants face not only the spread of disease, but of superstition and the disintegration of their community.

The State of Wonder by Ann Patchett takes us to the Amazon rainforest where a drug researcher faces morality, science and sacrifice. The story compels us to consider the difficult choices made in the name of discovery and love.

Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay, the guest author in attendance, takes us back in time to a small prairie school in 1929. This tale crosses generations to explore the theme of family relationships and the nature of memory when people get caught up in the spirals created by events of the past.

The books are guaranteed to stimulate thought and discussion at this friendly, informal event being held at the Best Western on Baker Street in Nelson, September 20 to 22. For more information visit the website kootenaybookweekend.ca or email them at kbw@kootenaybookweekend.ca or contact Victoria 250-352-6197.