I was a fan of Louise Penny before I read her first book.
In 2006, one of the Directors of the Yamaska Literacy Council (YLC) suggested that we approach her to be a patron of our organization, as a way to help spread the word that literacy matters – “After all, she just wrote a book…she must think literacy is a good thing.”
Louise Penny graciously accepted YLC’s offer to join its volunteers in the Knowlton Christmas Parade, marching through the streets with a tambourine and elf ears, under the YLC banner. Between wind and slush, we told her how we trained volunteers to tutor adults in our community who faced barriers due to low literacy. She didn’t run away!
As honorary patron, Louise Penny has been so very generous and supportive of the Yamaska Literacy Council. She is a proactive champion for the cause. Did you know she wrote a book, The Hangman as part of an initiative to raise awareness and funds for literacy? Check out her website.
I was thrilled (and nervous!) when the Missisquoi Community School approached me to do a book club based on Louise Penny’s books. All classes are run by volunteers, the cost is 10$ for ten weeks. Activities begin on Thursday, September 20th at 7:30 pm at Heroes’ Memorial Elementary School in Cowansville.
Whether you are new to Louise Penny’s books, or have read them all, come on out to explore the world of Three Pines! If you or (someone you know) feels that they are not a strong reader, or has difficulty with memory, or vision, I will work with you to find a way to explore the books in a way that is comfortable for you.
After we talk about books, we’ll head downstairs to enjoy an amazing coffee, graciously donated by Virgin Hill Coffee! See you there!