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The chief is back: Chief Superintendent Gamache, that is, of the Sûreté de Québec. Missing drugs, an unruly cadet, the folks of Three Pines, and lots of snow feature in Louise Penny's latest, Kingdom of the Blind. Join the discussion in Genre Reading.

T'is the season to be... bah humbug! Dickens' A Christmas Carol read by Neil Gaiman at the New York Public Library. Follow the discussion in Literary Reading.

The January Book Club discussion is now under way: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. Let loose your inner child and join us for this popular fantasy in Young Adult & Children's Reading.

Not everything is about books though. Check out Stage & Screen for the TV adaptation of My Brilliant Friend, and the mini-series of Le Carre's The Little Drummer Girl. Have you been watching them? Do you have difficulty with My Brilliant Friend being in Italian?

The January writing exercise is up and running, and it's another infamous house party - or ship party really, being set on the RMS Titanic. Even if you're not a seasoned house partyer, just dive right in - it's sink or swim!

If you're a writer, or would like to be, Research & Craft has discussions on all things to do with the craft of writing. Join in the Writing Exercises, request feedback on a snippet of your work in Critique Café, and join the Writers Workshop to exchange critiques of your work-in-progress. We have plenty of talented writers, including a number of published authors.

If you're a closet writer, too embarrassed to show your work to others, is the perfect place for you! Get feedback from experienced writers in a friendly environment - everyone had a first time, and lived to tell the tale...