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Book Club Notes
November 30, 2018

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In this rich blend of stories, Carissa Halton captures the spirit of her downtown neighbourhood while sharing fresh ideas about justice and injustice in city life. Take a stroll down the street with her, meet her neighbours, and join an inspirational conversation about the true nature of home. Halton writes with clarity and tenderness about a place she loves.

-- Linda Goyette, Writer, Author and Journalist

Halton clearly delights in interacting with people from all walks of life; her interest and empathy sparkle throughout. Her tone is factual, nonjudgmental, and often wryly funny. Little Yellow House is a balanced presentation of a diverse community in transition, complete with faults and growing pains... Little Yellow House shows how real, sustainable community development can be built with a formula of persistent action, engagement with a wide group of allies, trust, layers of incremental successes, and a good sense of humor.

Foreword Magazine USA, September/October 2018

An extended love note to a notorious neighbourhood.


ourteen years ago my husband and I bought a fixer-upper in an inner city neighbourhood where my grandparents grew up. The streets had changed since they were young and over the past four decades as its house prices declined, its drug crimes and sex trade statistics increased. We overlooked both statistics as we were motivated by affordable house prices, close proximity to our work and diversity, however our decision baffled many. Acquaintances frequently asked, “Why do you live there?” My answer was to write Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood. It is a series of poignant and honest stories that introduce readers to my neighbours— cat rescuers and murder victims, community activists and sex workers. Each one helped me discover the beauty, tragedy and power of compassion in my notorious neighbourhood.

Our oldest neighbourhoods and their diverse array of residents spanning class and culture have much to teach us about our societies’ greatest weaknesses and strengths. The essays in Little Yellow House reflect on what makes our neighbourhoods thrive. Readers, no matter where they live, will be inspired to take a more active and compassionate role in making their communities more safe, just, and inclusive.

I am grateful for support from the Edmonton Arts Council.