February: André Alexis

André Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His novel Fifteen Dogs, won the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Alexis has worked extensively in radio and has hosted multiple shows with the CBC.

We’ve created a Book Club in a Bag for Fifteen Dogs—maybe you’d like to host your friends for an evening of talking about this “whimsical, dark and penetrating tour of ideas — about consciousness, time, belonging, mortality, art and love.”

You have a chance to see Andre Alexis in Wolfville on February 8 at Acadia University, as  part of the Authors@Acadia series.       

Visit the Authors@Acadia Facebook event for more info.

Our February contest

Win a bag of books by Andre Alexis, donated by Coach House Books. To enter: Alexis’ book Fifteen Dogs features talking dogs.  Tag us on Instagram or Twitter with #bookclub150, and tell us what you think a dog would say about the act of reading. You can also enter your answer on our Facebook contest, or fill out a ballot at your favourite AVRL branch. Entries must be received by midnight, February 28. Good luck!

Reading list

Links our André Alexis collection. Click on one to visit www.valleylibrary.ca. Sign in with your AVRL library card, place a hold, and have a copy sent to the Valley Library of your choice.

Hidden Keys

Fifteen Dogs

Fifteen Dogs (Book Club in a Bag)


Ingrid and the Wolf

Listen to an interview with André on CBC’s Ideas with Paul Kennedy :

What is Book Club 150?

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, we are highlighting a different Canadian author or illustrator for each month of 2017. To celebrate with us, we encourage you to read the books, join our online conversation, and enter our monthly contests. Our featured books include titles for kids, teens, and adult readers. Pick up a copy at your local library, look for a Book Club in a Bag to share, or find a library Book Club near you. We’ll have special events and contests throughout the year, so be sure to visit our library website at www.valleylibrary.ca, or look for feature posts each month on our new library blog site, RenewYourCuriosity.ca.

Featured storytellers

January 2017

Robert Munsch

February 2017

André Alexis

March 2017

Mariko & Jillian Tamaki

April 2017

Ron & Sandra Lightburn

May 2017

Christy Ann Conlin

June 2017

Julie Flett

July 2017

Marie-Louise Gay

August 2017

Jon Klassen

September 2017

Lawrence Hill

October 2017

Jeff Lemire

November 2017

Sydney Smith 

December 2017

Ami McKay