Once again, the RHUC Book Club is taking part in the One Book One Aurora program. The Aurora Library lends out multiple copies of the yearly selection to book clubs in the community and offers events connected to that book for several months leading up to a culminating event in October with the author at the library (or virtual).
This year, we will be reading and discussing Finding Edward, a novel by Sheila Murray.
Sheila Murray is a writer born and raised in England who now lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Finding Edward, her debut novel, is a story about a man, Cyril Rowntree, who discovers letters from the 1920s that reveal the story of a white mother who gave up her mixed race son, Edward, for adoption. Cyril has recently moved to Toronto from Jamaica and was abandoned by his own white father, so Edward's story intrigues him. He begins to search for Edward and the truth about what happened to him. This journey of personal discovery is also one of Canada's Black history. Finding Edward was a finalist for the 2022 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction and was named one of the best works of Canadian fiction in 2022 by CBC Books. This book was also longlisted for Canada Reads 2023.
We will be meeting on Wednesday, May 31 at 4 pm on Zoom to discuss Finding Edward. We are thrilled that the author will be joining us for that discussion. Please speak to Sandra Loughton, facilitator, for more information or to borrow a copy of the book.