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babble book club reading 'The Inconvenient Indian' by Thomas King

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Ringing in the new year with a fantastic read, and one we've all been waiting for too!

babble book club's next selection is The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King and the final discussion date will be Friday January 17 at 2:00 p.m. EST in the babble book lounge. All participants able to meet on our previously established thread at that time will have a more 'real-time' conversation with fellow readers!

Readers new to the babble book club will notice that every time we begin to select a new book to read, The Inconvenient Indian always (and I mean always) comes up. We've delayed it only because it can be difficult to get your hands on, but we can't wait anymore!

The Inconvenient Indian has been praised just about everywhere for author Thomas King's blend of personal experience, humour and critical discussion of Native history in Canada.

King describes his book as "a series of conversations and arguments that I've been having with myself and others for most of my adult life" and seeks readers to view this book as storytelling "fraught with history."

This will no doubt be an incredible read, and of course, we encourage everyone to participate and share their experience on the babble thread throughout their read because we love to hear from everyone!

Want to 'join' the babble book club?

Please do! It's easy and free because all you need to do is register as a rabble.ca user!

The babble book club doesn't have official members -- any rabble users, or new friends who want to join in the discussion, are welcome.

First, here are some tips to become a rabble.ca user:

1. Go to our log-in/registration page and fill out the subsequent information. Don't worry, providing us with your email will not automatically set you up for emails from rabble.ca nor will we give your email to anyone else -- it is just for security reasons. Also, feel free to use a pseudonym as your username, most people do!

2. Once you sign up, become familiar with our babble policy and check out our FAQ babble page for tips and tricks on how to post in babble. A babble quirk? You have to refresh your page in order to see new posts on that thread. A bit time consuming, but we're working on it!

3. Look around and get familiar with babble by exploring all the different threads on the discussion board, including the babble book lounge where our discussion thread is set up for The Inconvenient Indian. babble offers a lot of different topics with a lot of different users and is a great place to discuss current affairs, gardening, writing and hockey, among other things!

Second, here are the nitty gritty details of how the conversation works:

1. Our final discussion for The Inconvenient Indian happens in the babble book lounge on the previously established babble thread Friday January 17 at 2:00 p.m. EST for one hour in real time. Real time means there will be more members of the book club present and the conversation will have a quicker flow. Our moderator (username: Kaitlin McNabb) will kick off our conversation with a hello!

2. Even though we have a final discussion date, everyone is encouraged to discuss their thoughts on the books during their reading process. The advantage of having an online book club is it is flexible and available all the time! Since this part of the conversation is not in real time, comments might not be responded to immediately, but eventually.

3. During our final discussion everyone is encouraged to post their questions and comments with respect to other babblers on the thread. We want to create lots of discussion and find out whatever everyone thinks about this selection!

And that's it! Pretty simple, really.

The Inconvenient Indian is available in the library, local book and probably from your neighbour. It can be a bit tricky to get your hands on one, but where there's a will there's a way, right? If you're having trouble finding a copy, let us know and we'll figure something out!

Happy reading everyone!

Get more information on the babble book club at our babble book club Facebook group.

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