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Local Author Book Club

Read a book by a local author and join in the discussion! Join a local book club at Groove Cat Books & Records and read All the Quiet Places by Brian Thomas Isaac. The author will join in the discussion via Zoom.

Please register for this event and order your book through Groove Cat. Registrations managed by and books available at Groove Cat Books and Records info@groovecatbooks.com

About the Book

Brian Isaac’s powerful debut novel All the Quiet Places is the coming-of-age story of Eddie Toma, an Indigenous (Syilx) boy, told through the young narrator’s wide-eyed observations of the world around him. It is the story of what can happen when every adult in a person’s life has been affected by colonialism; it tells of the acute separation from culture that can occur even at home in a loved familiar landscape. Its narrative power relies on the unguarded, unsentimental witness provided by Eddie. It was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, longlisted for the Giller Prize, and winner of the 2022 Indigenous Voices Awards’ Published Prose in English Prize.

About the Author

Brian Thomas Isaac was born in 1950 on the Okanagan Indian Reserve, situated in south central British Columbia. As a teenager he had a short career riding bulls in local rodeos until common sense steered him away, then went on to work in the Northern Alberta oil fields and retired as a bricklayer. Writing is something he has done all of his life. A lover of sports, Brian has coached minor hockey and played slow-pitch, and when he’s not spending time with his three grandchildren you can find him on the golf course. His bestselling debut, All the Quiet Places, is longlisted for the 2022 Scotiabank Giller Prize, won an Indigenous Voices Award, was a finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award, longlisted for CBC Canada Reads, and named an Indigo Best Book of the Year. He lives with his wife in the Salmon River Valley near Falkland, BC.

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About Groove Cat Books and Records

Groove Cat Books and Records is primarily a used book & used record shop, but they also sell local authors’ books, some new titles, and art by local artists. They are also a community hub with a safe gathering space. They run a local authors’ book club, have local musicians perform from time to time, as well as host various other events. There are too few community spaces and bookshops left in the city. While the shop does sell books & records, the key thing was to create a community space where people can chat with one another, sit on the couch, read a book, listen to some good music & hang out with the friendly shop cat, Luna.


May 09 2024


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Groove Cat Books & Records
775 6th Street, New Westminster, BC, Canada


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