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The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor
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March 2016 - The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong

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It's March already and thus the month we celebrate International Women's Day (March 8th).

Join guest reader Ann Walmsley and your fellow readers with a blend of fact and fiction with Sally Armstrong's The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor

Have you had an opportunity to read the book? What did you think? How did the fact that Charlotte was a real person and the book derived from actual events especially help bring the book alive?

More questions, actions, and stories of women's lives around the world are featured in the discussion guide:

http://www.amnestybookclub.ca/wp-cont...

Looking forward to hearing from you!


Louise | 15 comments I'm next in line on the hold at the library so I hope I can read it on time.


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Laura (bookwomanmf) | 5 comments An excellent selection!


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Laura wrote: "An excellent selection!"

So you've read it and liked it? What struck you most about it? What did you think of the blend of fact and fiction? What fiction the right choice?


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Laura (bookwomanmf) | 5 comments Haven't started yet. But looking forward to it.


Louise | 15 comments I'm still waiting for my copy to become available from the library.


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Looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks about the novel.

In addition to the question of using fiction to describe someone's life, another question that jumps out from the Discussion Guide is:

"The novel gives voice to women in history, a perspective that has been often overlooked, yet it also uses a settler’s lens to shed light upon the lives of Indigenous People, rather than exploring their stories directly.

When reading a novel, do you consider the question of perspective and how it colours a story? How can an author’s choice of protagonist(s) reinforce or challenge our society’s dominant narratives?"

How do you think the issues in these questions are reflected in this novel? Or in how the author "portrayed" Charlotte?


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Join the Webcast with Sally Armstrong & Ann Walmsleyon Tuesday, March 29th, at 7:30 EST!

Use this link to register:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regi...

It'll be recorded too and it will be posted here: http://amnestyinternationalbookclub.p...


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Whether you read the book or not, you can stand with Indigenous women and their families in calling for an end to violence against women.

Take the pledge here as almost 15000 people have:

http://e-activist.com/ea-action/actio...

Thank you! And just because the month has ended, it doesn't mean you have to stop discussing this book or the issues it explores.


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The podcast of the webchat with Sally Armstrong is available now! Check it out here:

http://amnestyinternationalbookclub.p...


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