We were able to open Mill Street Books thanks to the generosity of my mother Audrey Ellard who died recently in Cozumel, Mexico at the age of 88. She helped us to purchase the store, took an interest in all aspects and celebrated our success.
My mom was a voracious and speedy reader; she read to keep informed and to appreciate fine literature. I was fortunate to grow up surrounded by books and as a child I remember spending more time at the library than the grocery store.
Her day started with a cup of coffee and newspaper; she often fell asleep with the light still on and a book on her lap. No matter what subject arose, Audrey had read about it and could suggest a book or author. She read reviews, made lists and surrounded herself with books so there was always a good one in the pile.
My mother read throughout her life for pleasure, the pursuit of knowledge and to share stories with others. It was time well spent.
Please join us at the Almonte Library on September 2nd for a discussion with Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, spouse of the Governor General, of her new debut novel Matrons and Madams.
The book’s publisher, Dundurn, offers this summary:
Clara Durling, a British widow of the First World War, arrives in Canada as the new superintendent of the Lethbridge Hospital just as wounded soldiers stream home. Lily Parsons is a young, widowed schoolteacher from Nova Scotia who ends up in the same city, managing a brothel called The Last Post.
Set against the backdrop of love, union organizers, amorous bachelors, gamblers, drinkers, and prostitutes, the lives of these two women unexpectedly intertwine when Clara, in the heat of local politics and responding to the highest incidence of venereal disease in the province, establishes the first venereal disease clinic in the province, with Lily’s help. In this sprawling saga, Lily and Clara must confront the city’s conservative thinkers to bring help and compassion to wounded veterans.
Sharon Johnston at Almonte Public Library
155 High Street, Almonte
Wed, Sept 2, 2015
For more information, please contact us at Mill Street Books.