Books Backstage

The Prince George Public Library and Theatre NorthWest have partnered to connect library patrons and theatre goers with resources on themes addressed within the plays performed during Theatre NorthWest’s 2017/2018 season. In collaboration with Theatre NorthWest’s artistic director, PGPL librarians will provide recommendations of fiction, non-fiction, DVDs and other materials that may enrich the audiences’ experience of the performances. Book lists will be posted at least one month in advance of each play.

Book list to accompany Fish Eyes, written, choreographed and performed by Anita Majumdar
Running September 20th to October 7th, 2018

by Rupinder Gill

This is the story of the ultimate New Year's resolution, more akin to a new life resolution. Will it all be fun? Will Rupinder’s friends and family support her walk down memory-less lane? Will it all matter in the end?

by Scaachi Koul

A debut collection of essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in Canada, "a land of ice and casual racism," addressing sexism, cultural stereotypes and the universal miseries of life by the irreverent, hilarious and incomparable rising star and cultural observer, Scaachi Koul.

by Jenny Han

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved--five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

by Nisha Sharma

Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soul mate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her eighteenth birthday, and Raj meets all the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked when she returns from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted.

by Clare West ; illustrated by Arya Praharaj

Many of the characters in these stories from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka are at turning points in their lives. A young woman chooses a husband, leaving her childhood behind. A wife, now far away from her childhood home, remembers her brother as a child. A boy fights with his new stepmother, a young man remembers a girl at a railway station, a poor man tries to buy a better future, an old man wishes for a peaceful end. What was the land of their childhood? Was it the place where they grew up? Was it the time when they were young and carefree, when the worries of the adult world were only a cloud on the far distant horizon of their lives? Or is it the memories they hold in their hearts?

Bajirao Mastani immortalizes the journey of star-crossed lovers against the backdrop of war. Set in eighteenth century Hindustan, this romantic war drama is a tale of passion, bravery, betrayal and above all, love. Mounted with lavish sets, elaborate costumes and soulful music, it is one of the most expensive films ever made in India.

At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor woman, and Shiva, the offspring of a wealthy couple, are fated to live the destiny meant for each other. Their lives become mysteriously intertwined and are inextricably linked to India's whirlwind journey of triumphs and disasters.