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New Babble Book Club selection: Cool Water by Dianne Warren

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Babble Book Club's next selection is Cool Water by Dianne Warren, an intricately woven tale about a fictional town in Saskatchewan where the lives of its inhabitants are revealed over the course of a day. Cool Water received the Governor General's Award for English language fiction and was long-listed for the Giller prize, and is praised for its likeness to Canadian writers like Mirian Toews and Carol Shields.

This selection will wrap up Tuesday February 19 at 8:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. PST in the babble book lounge with a final discussion of the book in its entirety. Everyone who has read the book -- or parts of the book, or just wants to discuss it -- is invited to come share their opinion of the read and discuss the book with others in the forum. Since this is an online book club, we have the added bonus of discussing the book during our reading process. Readers who enjoy and potentially prefer to discuss the book with other readers as they move along the story are encouraged and welcomed to share their thoughts on the open babble thread.

At Babble Book Club we encourage lots of discussion about the various and engrossing aspects of the read, especially the opinions form our readers. The Babble Book Club is always a welcoming place for new users to join, on-and-off readers to rediscover and seasoned veterans to show the ropes!

For those wanting to join the Babble Book Club discussion, here are some easy steps and tips:

1. To as questions and submit comments, you must register as a rabble.ca user, which creates a free accounts that allows access to babble. babble is rabble.ca's discussion board and online community where users can discuss ideas and opinions and signing up is free and easy. Any questions about babble can be answered or asked on the babble FAQ page.

2. The Babble Book Club sets up babble threads before our final discussion to promote ongoing conversation – check out our existing thread for Cool Water. A babble thread just means the “page” where various babble users (babblers) can post their comments and questions. Babblers post in “real-time” and can also quote other users, use emoticons or post links!

3. Our final discussion will take place Tuesday February 19 at 8:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. PST in “real-time,” which just means more Babble Book Club members will be present at this time for a more interactive conversation. After the “official discussion” the thread will remain open for readers to post additional questions and comments; however, they may not be responded to immediately!

Cool Water is a beautifully written story about human connection and human character and an accessible blend of prose and story-telling. Cool Water is widely available at Canadian libraries, independent bookstores and through the publisher Harper Collins Canada.

Book cover image courtesy of Harper Collins Canada.

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