Book Club - The Shepherd's Crown (online)
The Shepherd’s Crown
Starting January 15 - March 11th or when until we finish.
Settle in with us on Monday evenings at Dappled Fern to craft quietly while Ryan Leng reads out loud to us via ZOOM. This time, he'll be reading The Shepherd’s Crown, the 5th and final book in the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett. This group is 1 part story time, 1 part craft circle, 0 parts homework, 2 parts existential succor during our long boreal winters.
Our reader is Ryan Leng, a former English and Classics teacher who is now a local librarian here in Grand Marais. He does all the voices and occasionally shares questions to help us reflect on the story and what it means to us.
About the book:
A shivering of worlds…Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad.
As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land.
There will be a reckoning. . . .
“For a witch stands on the very edge of everything, between the light and the dark, between life and death, making choices, making decisions so that others may pretend no decisions have even been needed. Sometimes they need to help some poor soul through the final hours, help them to find the door, not to get lost in the dark.”
“And Tiffany knew that if a witch started thinking of anyone as "just" anything, that would be the first step on a well-worn path that could lead to, oh, to poisoned apples, spinning wheels, and a too-small stove... and to pain, and terror, and horror and the darkness.”
“She was Tiffany Aching. Not Granny Weatherwax, but a witch in her own right. A witch who knew exactly who she was and how she wanted to do things. Her way. And she had not failed, because she had barely begun...”
― Terry Pratchett, The Shepherd's Crown
About the author:
Sir Terry Pratchett was a beloved and bestselling grandmaster of fantasy who wrote more than fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he was the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. He was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to literature in 2009, although he always wryly maintained that his greatest services to literature was to avoid writing any.
A few note:
Folks who register for the inperson group are welcome to attend online - a great option for sick days and days when you really just want to curl up in bed. Similarly, those who register online are welcome to join in person when they can.
This book is the 5th and final book in the Tiffany Aching series. It's perfectly fine to jump in mid series, though if you want to catch up, the five funny and fabulous Tiffany Aching adventures are:
- The Wee Free Men
- A Hat Full of Sky
- I Shall Wear Midnight
- The Shepherd’s Crown
This series is categorized under Young Adult and I am a firm believer that young adult novels are for everyone! I picture this as an intergenerational, primarily adult group though children are welcome with an accompanying adult!
If cost is prohibitive, talk with us about a swap! Eggs, root vegetables, and clean clothes are acceptable currency for itinerant teachers in the Discworld so we can figure out something that works here, too.
*Reading begins at 7pm. The Zoom room will open at 6:50pm if you want to join a few minutes early to chat with other participants until reading begins!