WSKEO Book Club: Monoceros, by Suzette Mayr

Our book for April 2014 is Monoceros by local author Suzette Mayr, a novel that won the 2012 ReLit Award and the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Award, and that was long listed for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize!

A seventeen-year-old boy, bullied and heartbroken, hangs himself. And although he felt terribly alone, his suicide changes everyone around him.

His parents are devastated. His secret boyfriend’s girlfriend is relieved. His unicorn- and virginity-obsessed classmate, Faraday, is shattered; she wishes she had made friends with him that time she sold him an Iced Cappuccino at Tim Hortons. His English teacher, mid-divorce and mid-menopause, wishes she could remember the dead student’s name, that she could care more about her students than her ex’s new girlfriend. Who happens to be her cousin. The school guidance counsellor, Walter, feels guilty – maybe he should have made an effort when the kid asked for help. Max, the principal, is worried about how it will reflect on the very Catholic school. And Walter, who’s been secretly in a relationship with Max for years, thinks that’s a little callous. He’s also tired of Max’s obsession with some sci-fi show on tv. And Max wishes Walter would lose some weight and remember to use a coaster.

And then Max meets a drag queen named Crêpe Suzette. And everything changes.

The Calgary Public Library has twelve copies of Monoceros, and it’s also available as an eBook. If you wish to purchase your own copy, identify yourself as a member of the WSKEO Book Club at Pages Books on Kensington to get a 10% discount!

WSKEO Book Club: Monoceros
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 – 7:00-9:00 pm
Pages Books on Kensington, 1135 Kensington Road NW
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We should know each other! That’s been established. But how do we meet people from distant countries, or separated by years of history? A timeworn answer, of course, is through books!

Every month, the We Should Know Each Other Book Club will explore thought-provoking literature, alternating between non-fiction and literary genres. Come for one session or all of them, and be ready for a stimulating discussion full of diverse perspectives.

If you want to suggest a book, or if you have any questions about the WSKEO Book Club, e-mail Mark Hopkins at