Join our EPL From Home Digital Book Club

Are you looking for something to talk about other than Tiger King? Something humourous and fun to share and discuss with others online, or from at least six feet away? Then join our EPL from Home digital book club! Between Monday, April 20 and Sunday, May 17, get instant access to the eBook and eAudiobook versions of The Woefield Poultry Collective, opens a new windowby Susan Juby through OverDrive or the Libby app!  

Learn... About the Book 

This month, we’re reading The Woefield Poultry Collectiveby Susan Juby (also known as Home to Woefield). It tells the story of Prudence Burns, an energetic, young woman from Brooklyn who inherits the derelict Woefiled Farm on Vancouver Island. Prudence is full of back-to-the-land ideals but has no related skills or experience whatsoever. And she’s going to have to learn fast, as the bank is about to foreclose on Woefield Farm. But fear not, a ragtag group of characters is there to help her, ranging from a 70-year old, banjo-playing foreman named Earl, a celebrity-blogging boy-next-door named Seth, and Sara, an 11-year old with prize winning chickens, “including one particularly randy fellow soon to be christened Alec Baldwin.” Need we say more? 

About the Author 

Susan Juby is a Canadian author best known for her young adult works, including Alice, I Think (2000). She was born in Alberta and currently resides in British Columbia were she also works as a professor of creative writing at Vancouver Island University. Learn more about Susan.

Join Us On May 7!

We will be hosting a book club Tweet-up event on Thursday, May 7 to chat about The Woefield Poultry CollectiveJoin us on Twitter to share your thoughts and connect with others!  

Here are some discussion questions we’ll be chatting about: 

  1. What is the significance of family in Woefield and how does the definition of family evolve throughout the novel? 
  2. What do you think of Mrs. Spratt taking off and leaving Sara at Woefield? What else could she have done to make things easier for Sara?   
  3. At the beginning of the book, the characters are quick to make assumptions about each other. How do the attitudes and assumptions of the characters evolve throughout the book?   
  4. Where do you think Prudence’s enthusiasm for farming and environmentalism originated?  
  5. Prudence and Eustace’s values and options are quite different. Do you think that their relationship stands a chance? Why or why not? 
  6. If this book were to be made into a movie, which actors would you cast in the main roles? 

*Questions adapted from Reading Group Choices. 

Want More? 

We’re excited about this book too and have already created a list of read-likes for you to check out once you’ve finished reading The Woefield Poultry Collective. Check it out!

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