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Selections will have an opera-related story/connection and discussions will be moderated and held via Zoom. (Date and time to be determined.)

The first book being discussed is the New York Times Bestseller, Bel Canto by Anne Patchett

Bravo Book Club : Bel Canto
Wednesday, February 3
7 – 8 PM

Discussion Moderator: Alison Gillmor

Photo: Mike Deal.

Alison Gillmor is a Winnipeg-based freelance journalist and educator. As well as being a pop culture columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press, she has written on art, design, books and film for The Walrus, Border Crossings, Canadian Notes & Queries, Canada’s History and The Globe and Mail.  She also facilitates monthly art talks for First Fridays in the Exchange and teaches in the McNally Community Classroom.



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About the Book

Bel Canto

Anne Patchett

Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country’s vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honour of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxane Coss, opera’s most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, a moment of great beauty, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different continents become compatriots, intimate friends, and lovers. (Synopsis from