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Main & Hastings Reading Club

Welcome!  This discussion board has been set up to document the Main and Hastings Reading Club's discussions at the Carnegie Community Centre's Learning Centre.  Our first book was Timothy Taylor's novel, Stanley ParkStanley Park is the Vancouver Public Library's 2003 One Book, One Vancouver Selection.  Our second is Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning Life of Pi.
 
You can read the discussions by clicking on any message in the list, and you can post a reply, which will appear on the Board.  You can also post a new topic for discussion to this Discussion Board by clicking Post New Message.  Please note that because some messages have been edited after posting, they don't always appear in the order in which the discussions occurred.  Thanks for reading and sharing your opinion with our group!

Main & Hastings Reading Club

Welcome!  This discussion board has been set up to document the Main and Hastings Reading Club's discussions at the Carnegie Community Centre's Learning Centre.  Our first book was Timothy Taylor's novel, Stanley ParkStanley Park is the Vancouver Public Library's 2003 One Book, One Vancouver Selection.  Our second is Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning Life of Pi.
 
You can read the discussions by clicking on any message in the list, and you can post a reply, which will appear on the Board.  You can also post a new topic for discussion to this Discussion Board by clicking Post New Message.  Please note that because some messages have been edited after posting, they don't always appear in the order in which the discussions occurred.  Thanks for reading and sharing your opinion with our group!

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Sept. 18 - end SP/start Pi bookclub 2615 0 0 9/25/2003 @ 6:58 am Sept. 18 - end SP/start Pi by bookclub on 9/25/2003 @ 6:58 am
Sept. 4 meeting notes bookclub 4546 0 0 9/17/2003 @ 6:04 pm Sept. 4 meeting notes by bookclub on 9/17/2003 @ 6:04 pm
Discussion of chapter two Admin 18197 0 0 9/2/2003 @ 5:14 am Discussion of chapter two by Admin on 9/2/2003 @ 5:14 am
Aug. 14 mtg notes bookclub 3111 0 0 8/26/2003 @ 12:16 pm Aug. 14 mtg notes by bookclub on 8/26/2003 @ 12:16 pm
Aug. 7 meeting bookclub 3227 0 0 8/14/2003 @ 5:51 am Aug. 7 meeting by bookclub on 8/14/2003 @ 5:51 am
Walking tour of DTES bookclub 3123 0 0 8/13/2003 @ 6:35 pm Walking tour of DTES by bookclub on 8/13/2003 @ 6:35 pm
2nd discussion of Chapter 3 Learning Centre 3313 0 0 7/17/2003 @ 4:08 am 2nd discussion of Chapter 3 by Learning Centre on 7/17/2003 @ 4:08 am
Initial discussion of Chapter 3 Learning Centre 3275 0 0 7/10/2003 @ 4:45 am Initial discussion of Chapter 3 by Learning Centre on 7/10/2003 @ 4:45 am
Discussion of the first chapter Admin 2925 0 0 6/11/2003 @ 12:12 pm Discussion of the first chapter by Admin on 6/11/2003 @ 12:12 pm

Links to other
book club sites

Book Bay - This site provides a useful list of possible discussion topics for book clubs. To read the topics, scroll down the page to Discussion Questions under Frequently Asked Questions.

VPL's List of Book Club Sites - This is a list of web sites collected by VPL to help groups wanting to form their own book clubs.

One Book One Vancouver - This is the Vancouver Public Library (VPL)'s site for readers of Stanley Park, under the One Book One Vancouver Program. This site has its own discussion board.

Relationship to Dante's Inferno

Some sites we found describing Dante's Inferno:

Picture (William Blake)

Essays on Dante

Plot Summary

Review of Sarah Lovett's book

Babes in the Wood Panel (VPL)

Event: Babes in the Woods

Time: 19:30 Thursday August 14th 2003

Place: Vancouver Public Library

A panel consisting of Author Timothy Taylor, Retired Police Officer Sargeant Brian Honeybourn and Forensic Doctor of Dentistry Dr. Sweet

Each would give a talk and then the audience would be able to ask questions of whomever. The talks were very interesting. Tim Taylor talked about how he had started to put together characters for a story and how he planned to invent a crime to base his story on. His idea was to have someone murdered or something of that nature in Stanley Park. When he began researching his book apparently he knew nothing of the real case of "Babes in the Woods." As his story developed he came across this case and decided to use it in his book. Strange and very unusual to decide to do something and then find out that your story has being written by past events. It seemed like he was ashamed to be up on the dais because of his work of fiction as compared with the actual policeman and dentist who had made a very important discovery in the case. The discoveries being that the "Babes" were not in fact a boy and a girl but two brothers who were not twins. The original detectives had decided that the Babes were a boy and girl, probably sister and brother. This was probably the most important fact that had stopped the crime from being solved. They had discounted stories of brothers who had gone missing and the case was unsolved since 1953. For more that 50 years, the police had been searching with wrong information.

In 1996, then Sargeant Honeybourn had been appointed head of the cold case files for the Vancouver Police department. He discovered that the Vancouver Police Museum was displaying the actual skeletons in the museum. He assumed responsibility for the remains and took them to his friend at the University of BC, Dr. Sweet. The Doctor took some samples for forensics and for future study. The detective then took the remains to a crematorium where he had them cremated. Having done that he then took the police cruiser out past Kits point and he buried them at sea. I feel that the human thing was finally accorded the remains. They were put to rest during the Childrenís Festival although this was purely coincidental. After doing a forensic DNA study, Dr. Sweet discovered that the remains were actually two boys who were brothers separated by a couple of years. All that remains is to give the children names. Because of the DNA stuff this can only be done by finding the biological parents and using DNA to match with the boys.

Detective Honeybournís theory is that the mother of the two boys brought them in from Mission where they lived. She was a slightly retarded or otherwise handicapped person. She was a prostitute who got rid of her children so she could get on with her live without the baggage of kids. Having visited Stanley Park she thought she had the perfect place to commit the crime in the heart of the city. I guess she was right because the crime wasnít discovered until 1953. They donít even know the murder date. They have a story from 1944 and another from 1950. Both are plausible and neither can be disproved. They also have a witness who places the murder date in October 1947. This is probably the right one, but cannot be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

Although the story is fascinating it is incidental to our story of Stanley Park as written by Tim Taylor.

 
 
 
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