Books & Brews

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Notice: the Winter 2017 session of Books & Brews is sold out! Please keep watch for details regarding our Fall 2017 session. You can still read on your own and listen in to our Books & Brews podcast episodes on Museum Chat Live!

Books & Brews

By mixing museum atmosphere with beer tasting and book club excitement, we’re bringing museums into the 21st century.

A new kind of book club experience with a museum twist. Mingle, chat about books, learn new things, and experience brews in a whole new way. It’s all happening at your favourite place on earth: the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre.

Includes Tasting Seminars presented by Mahtay Cafe and Lounge, and Podcast Study Guides for an enhanced immersive experience.

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Curator Kathleen Powell gives a guided tour of the First World War exhibit “Doing Our Bit” before discussion of “Three Day Road” in July of 2016.

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Notice: the Winter 2017 session of Books & Brews is sold out! Please keep watch for details regarding our Fall 2017 session. You can still read on your own and listen in to our Books & Brews podcast episodes on Museum Chat Live!

The Details 

This winter we’ll be focusing on the stories of immigration and how new Canadians have contributed to our history over the last 200 years.

Tuesday, February 21 | 7pm-9pm | “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead
Tasting Seminar focused on Tea, presented by Mahtay Cafe & Lounge

Tuesday, March 21 | 7pm-9pm | “In the Skin of a Lion” by Micheal Ondaatje
Tasting Seminar focused on Coffee, presented by Mahtay Cafe & Lounge

Tuesday, April 18 | 7pm-9pm | “The Illegal” by Lawrence Hill
Tasting Seminar focused on Beer, presented by Mahtay Cafe & Lounge

The Podcast

To help add to our book club conversation, we’ve partnered with Brock University’s History Department to put together a podcast for each selection providing a more in-depth look at the historical themes presented in the novel.  You can listen on our blog, on Soundcloud, and on iTunes.

Notice: the Winter 2017 session of Books & Brews is sold out! Please keep watch for details regarding our Fall 2017 session. You can still read on your own and listen in to our Books & Brews podcast episodes on Museum Chat Live!

Registration & More Details

February 21, March 21, April 18, 2017

 

This is a 19+ only event. There is a registration cap of a maximum of 20 people per event.

Obtaining your copy of the book: once participants register, participants are welcome to come to the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre at 1932 Welland Canals Parkway (Lock 3) to pick up your copy of the book. For those who are attending all three readings, each book will be available by January 13. Remember to leave yourself plenty of reading time!

Registration: participants may register by email (museum@stcatharines.ca), by phone (905-984-8880) or online (ePlay: select ‘adult programs’, then ‘special interest’), or in person at the St. Catharines Museum, open daily 9am-5pm, 1932 Welland Canals Parkway, St. Catharines.

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The Partner

We are so excited to have  our good friends at Mahtay Cafe & Lounge  as our food and drink partners. They’re going to ‘bring the local’ with some great brews (tea, coffee and beer) and tasty snacks.

Books & Brews Reviews

A few folks have written really nice words about our book club. Check them out and share:

Jack Profijt
https://footstepsintothewind.com/2016/07/24/night-at-the-museum-books-and-brews/

Meredith Leonard
https://stcatharinesmuseumblog.com/2016/07/21/books-and-brews-chapter-one/

 

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Books & Brews participants discuss “Emancipation Day” in August 2016. Books & Brews sets up ‘camp’ in the heart of the museum galleries.