PROBUS Club of Durham West

Novel Readers

The Novel Readers usually meet on the first Wednesday of the month (except July & August).

Membership is currently full.  

Contact:  Colleen Lea   905-686-1629

NOTE:  As of June 30 the new contact for this activity will be Elizabeth Ryan.

Contact:  Elizabeth Ryan  905-683-8884 

The Novel Readers recess for the summer months.  We currently have full membership.



In June, the Novel Readers will be reading Crow Lake by Mary Lawson. The story centers on four siblings and is set in Northern Ontario. Crow Lake was Lawson's first novel and was published in 2002.

During our June 7th meeting, we will also be drafting our reading schedule for the coming year.


The Novel Readers will meet on May 3, 2023 to discuss The Maid by Canadian author, Nita Prose. Prose has written a somewhat different take on the murder mystery. Looking ahead to June, we will be reading Becoming by Michelle Obama. During our June 7th meeting, we will also be drafting our reading schedule for the coming year.


In April, the Novel Readers will be exchanging impressions about the historical novel, The Outlander by Canadian author Gil Adamson. While Gil Adamson has had other works published, The Outlander is her first novel and is set in western Canada in the early 1900s. 

This historical novel begins in 1903, when nineteen-year-old Mary Boulton flees into the Canadian wilderness. She has killed her husband and is attempting to escape the pursuit by his brothers. 

She has written a sequel to the story, called Ridgerunner.

Looking ahead to May, our selection will be The Maid by Nita Prose. The Maid is a murder mystery and is Nita Prose's first novel.


The Novel Readers plan to meet in person, on March 1, 2023, to discuss the depression era novel by Jojo Moyes, The Giver of Stars. The book is set in Kentucky and the central character, Alice, becomes one of the "packhorse librarians", delivering books in rural areas. Looking ahead to April, our group will be reading The Outlander by Gil Adamson. 


In February, the Novel Readers discussed Five Little Indians by Michelle Good.

This novel, which has won several awards, exposes the experience of the residential school system for indigenous children. 


In January, the Novel Readers met to discuss the novel, Looking for Jane, by Canadian author, Heather Marshall. Marshall's novel spans the time from 1960 to 2015 and focuses on reproductive rights for women. 

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