October Book Discussion: Still Life by Louise Penny

The facilitators for our October book discussion are Joan Pursley, Klaus Dannenberg, and Dawn Schiegg.

Dianna Lucas

The Friends of the Library (FOL) are pleased to invite all Robson residents to the final book discussion of 2021. We will meet in the Legacy Room of the Clubhouse at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21. The conversation will continue afterwards at the Wildhorse Grill where there will be a cash bar.

Still Life by the award-winning author Louise Penny, will be the topic of our discussion. Our facilitators will include Joan Pursley, Klaus Dannenberg, and Dawn Schiegg. This is the first in her popular Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series. Not only is this an award-winning novel that will draw you in, it will also make for a lively discussion, especially for those who have read the book.

Klaus Dannenberg and Dawn Schiegg will lead the dialogue of the storyline. Still Life is set in the small village of Three Pines in Canada. The narrative descriptions of the cool Canadian weather, the characters wearing their sweaters and scarves and eating warm stews, will help those of us in Texas forget our sweltering summer heat if only for a little while.

Joan Pursley will help us learn more about author Louise Penny and lead an in-depth analysis on her writing and her life. Joan is a long-time fan of Louise Penny. She is also a well-versed fan of mysteries in general, especially those set in foreign countries. Her enjoyment stems from a desire to learn about different cultures and how policing systems and law enforcement work in various countries. Having read several series of mysteries set in Russia, Italy, and the U.K., she discovered Louise Penny’s series set in Canada featuring Inspector Armand Gamache of Quebec.

There are 16 books in the Inspector Gamache series. All of the novels feature the same basic group of characters over a period of many years. As the reader follows the series, they are able to benefit from Penny’s excellence in character development. One is able to get to know the characters well. Many of them are very likable and the reader watches them age through the years. These are the characters in books who can easily become our friends.

If you agree that the library is important to our community, please help assure its longevity and vitality by joining FOL now. Please make your $10 annual membership check payable to ‘Friends of the Library-Robson Ranch’ and deposit it in the drop box in the library. Thank you.