Ann Walmsley

The author of The Prison Book Club and a magazine journalist whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail Report on Business Magazine, Maclean’s and many other publications. She is the recipient of four National Magazine Awards, a Canadian Business Journalism Award and two International Regional Magazine awards. She founded her first book club at age nine.

 

The Prison Book Club

A violent mugging in London left Ann Walmsley unable to walk alone down the street at night, and shook her belief in the fundamental goodness of people. A few years later, when a friend asked her to participate in a book club in a men’s medium-security prison, Walmsley had to weigh her curiosity and desire to be of service against her anxiety and fear. Penguin Canada released The Prison Book Club in Canada and the U.S. September 22, 2015.

 

Praise

"I loved this book! What a powerful testament to the magic of story-telling.” ~ Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle, Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel and The Silver Star. In U.K. bookstores October 1, 2015

 

Praise

“The Prison Book Club explores the intriguing tension between the lives of incarcerated men and the liberating effects of reading great books. A terrific read that offers a glimpse into a world that is at once constricted yet capable of great emotional generosity.” ~ Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo and The Confabulist

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