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 2016/2017 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 Half Life , which runs March 23 to April 12, 2017

The memory clinic : stories of hope and healing for Alzheimer's patients and their families by Tiffany Chow (Non-Fiction)
Dr. Tiffany Chow offers knowledge and hope for an illness where there is, as yet, no cure.
The notebook by Nicholas Sparks (Fiction)
In a Southern nursing home, an 80-year-old man reads from his diary to his wife, suffering from Alzheimer's. It's the story of their teenage romance, followed by years of separation because he was from the wrong class, followed by her decision, on his return from World War II, to be her own woman and marry him.
The madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean (Fiction)
In a novel that moves back and forth between the Soviet Union during World War II and modern-day America, Marina, an elderly Russian woman, recalls vivid images of her youth during the height of the siege of Leningrad.
The leisure seeker by Michael Zadoorian (Fiction)
The unforgettable cross country journey of a runaway couple in their twilight years determined to meet the end of all roads on their own terms.
The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (Fiction)
Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.
Our souls at night by Kent Haruf (Fiction)
In Holt, Colorado, widower Louis Waters is initially thrown when the widowed Addie Moore suggests that they spend time together, in bed, to stave off loneliness, but soon they are exchanging the confidences and memories.

DVDs:

Away from her (DVD)
A long-married couple is faced with the reality of one's fading memory in the form of Alzheimer's. A beautiful story about enduring love and grace amidst life's complexities. Based on Alice Munro's short story, The Bear Came Over the Mountain.
Still Alice (DVD) starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.
The best exotic Marigold Hotel (DVD) starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy
When seven cash-strapped seniors decide to 'outsource' their retirement to a resort in far-off India, friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways.

Current Play:

Half Life , by John Mighton : Directed by Jack Grinhaus

Are we not made up of the memories we have forgot as much as the ones we remember?

Clara and Patrick meet in a nursing home and begin to fall in love, thinking they are rekindling an old flame. Have they ever met before? A perfect play about love and memory that will warm hearts and ignite the passion within all of us… no matter the age! The 2005 Governor-General’s Award for Drama is as much a sophisticated story about joy, suffering, and memory, as it is a humorous and subversive story about the triumph of love over age, imprisonment, and uptight adult children.

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